By Jen Stirrup
(Cross-posted from Jen Stirrup's Business Intelligence Blog)

An unconference is a conference organized, structured and led by the people attending it. And we are having one at the PASS Business Analytics Conference!

Unconferences are founded upon The Law of Two Feet, which states that:

If during the course of the gathering, any person finds themselves in a situation where they are neither learning nor contributing, they must use their two feet and go to some more productive place.

The Unconference is definitely not another panel session. Unconferences facilitate greater exchange of ideas since we don’t have a defined schedule and there is certainly no PowerPoint! You are welcome to join us, participate in the discussion, and please feel free to live blog and tweet the Unconference as you go along.

Why attend the Unconference? Keeping with the Unconference style, the expertise distributed throughout the audience is greater than the expertise of the person who speaks at any one point. The Unconference is aimed at distributing the expertise, whilst also having fun.

Join us to mix with your peers in the ultimate Business Analytics peer-to-peer learning, mixing and talking creatively about whatever topics are decided on.

Led by Denise McInerney, Data Engineer of Intuit, and myself, the agenda is created at the start of the evening. Anyone who wishes to initiate a discussion on a topic can claim a time and a space. Attendees are encouraged to share thoughts in open discussions with community-proposed topics.

I hope you will use your "two feet" and come join us for the Unconference. Reserve your spot for this no-cost community activity - space is limited. Here is the link to RSVP. This is open to PASS Business Analytics Conference attendees only, and takes place on Thursday, 8 May 2014 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM (PDT).

And if you haven’t registered yet for the PASS Business Analytics Conference, remember to use code BASF2O for a $150 discount!