Get your Geek on next week in San Francisco

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BlogHer Tara Hunt is bringing some unconference mojo to the more traditional Web 2.0 Conference series next week, and San Francisco Bay Area women have a great opportunity to represent for the Deeply Geeky BlogHer crowd.

The unconference portion of the Web 2.0 Expo is called Web2Open, and Tara is one of the organizers of this part of the event. It takes place on April 17/18, and it is absolutely FREE OF CHARGE to attend the Web2Open portion of the Expo.

According to Tara:

We have an amazing lineup thus far, with 11 out of 20 pre-selected speakers being women, many of them women of color. We want to keep that awesome ratio happening through the rest of the Web2Open, so just making sure the word gets out to your fabulous membership.
Free unconference within a conference, the code to sign up is: webex07opn to get a free Trade Show + Open pass

Bring your presentations, discussions, etc.

What is the Web2Open?

The Web2Open is a part of the Web 2.0 Expo, open to anyone who would like to attend. The Web 2.0 Expo wiki is here. We do ask that you have a badge, but you may register for a free Expo Only badge using the the code on the sign up page (right after you sign up!)

The Web 2.Open was conceived with FooCamp/ BarCamp in mind. This open event blends some pre-scheduled content with an open grid where the attendees fill in the sessions they either want to discuss or present themselves. It is the perfect space to provide the community at large with a place to connect with other attendees, learn more about elements of Web 2.0, and share one's knowledge and experiences.

What is the format?

The Web 2.Open will consist of three major elements:

  • Open Grid Sessions, where an attendee can propose a topic for a talk he or she would like to give, and simply show up and deliver the talk (or lead a discussion on a subject). Open Sessions are scheduled onsite. These run 1 pm to 7 pm Tuesday, April 17 and Wednesday, April 18. (3 rooms, 2 days = 36 sessions) (50 mins each)
  • Pre-Scheduled Speaker Sessions, also given by attendees but pre-scheduled in advance (speaker submissions are closed: see schedule). These run 1 pm to 7 pm Tuesday and Wednesday. (2 rooms, 2 days = 24 sessions) (50 mins each)
  • The Mashroom, a room designated for some serious api mashups and to getting down and building stuff. This will be open throughout the event. More details here. (unlimited projects)
  • I'm actually going to be in beautiful Omaha, NE next week giving a presentation, so despite my pledge that I needed to overcome my baseless apprehensions and attend (and actively participate in) an official "unconference" this year, I may have to wait until our own BlogHer Open Space to do so.

    But I hope a good ration of my fellow wanna-be geeks and real-live geeks take advantage of this and join Tara at next week's Web2Open.

    Anyone planning on going?

    [Disclosure: the Web 2.0 Conferences and BlogHer Conferences are media partners who also do "official" promotional swaps. This isn't one of them.]