Virtual Unconference

Johannes Ernst


It’s the week for the 30th (yes!) Internet Identity Workshop (IIW) and it just started. IIW, since the very first time, has been an unconference since the very first time, with the agenda driven by the participants, and conversation replacing presentations to a large extent.

Because of the pandemic, IIW has gone virtual using a website called qiqochat.com, which integrates collaboration tools such as Zoom, Google Docs and chat into a virtual venue for unconferences.

There is an opening circle, and there are breakout rooms. I’m fascinated about the potential of unconferences in cyberspace … it shows that crises often cause leaps in innovation.

So far, so very good! There have been over 200 people on video in the opening circle, seamless transition into much smaller breakout rooms, and collaborative document editing.