How do you continue to be an innovative conference?

You throw out everything you did the year before and start anew!

That’s just what we did this last weekend at the first planning meeting for the Learning 2.010 Conference that will be held in Shanghai in September 2010.

Next year Hong Kong will be hosting a conference called 21st Century Learning @ Hong Kong. Their list of presenters is coming along and it’s shaping up to be a great conference….and being hosted in Hong Kong you can’t go wrong!

As we started planning Learning 2.010 we stopped to reflect on what we’ve done in the past, the risks we took and the ideas we started.

  • First Ed Tech conference to officially use Twitter as a main communication channel (2007)
  • One of the first conferences that looked to build a social-network around a conference that allowed people to connect before, during, and after the conference. (2007)
  • First real Ed Tech conference in Shanghai
  • First EARCOS sponsored conference that incoperated an unconference model

And those are only the ones off the top of my head.

So for 2010 we talked about what worked this last September and what didn’t work. We talked to others who have been to a lot of conferences and took advice from those who had just come back from the Apple Global Leadership Summit in Hong Kong which by all accounts was a success.

How do we go deeper with our thinking?

How do we leverage the EARCOS Admin conference and EARCOS Teachers conferences in the region to start conversations?

How do we best use Ed Tech people in the region to bring others on board?

How do we motivate?

How do we innovate?

How do we become the change we want to see?

These and other questions are where we’re starting our talks. There will be more to come over the next year and a half as we continue planning. If you were planning a conference what would you want to see?