What is an Unconference?

Unconferences follow a general framework, but are designed to be flexible to meet the needs and wants of the attendees. Here’s a great explanation from Unconference.net:

The unconference format creates space for peer-to-peer learning, collaboration and creativity. At the start, the group will gather and be guided through creating an agenda.  The exact process is not important to understand in advance – the process will become clear as it happens.  The important part is that all those gathered will have the opportunity to put conference sessions on the agenda.  No session will be voted off or ‘won’t happen’ for some other reason. All sessions are welcome. The sessions convened will range from the well thought out pre-prepared talk reflecting years of research and practice to the spur of the moment ‘new idea’ that would be fun to talk about.

What’s on the Agenda?

Each Unconference will have a loosely structured agenda (see our Honolulu Sustainability Unconference for an example), but the content is driven by the participants and decided upon by YOU! It’s up to the participants to decide which topics are most relevant, interesting and important to talk about for that day. There will be three sessions of open speakers (decided on by group consensus), a fun breakout session featuring topics chosen by you, some wellness time and a fun speed networking event to help you build your network.

Why should I attend?
Following the success the Sustainability Unconference, Important Media is hosting the Women’s Unconference to inspire women and allies to become catalysts for positive change while facing an uncertain political future. All humans are welcome at this event, whether you identify as a woman or otherwise.

Regardless of your what role is in the community– activist, business owner, parent, healer, or student– everyone has skills that can inspire a fellow Unconference attendee.

Workshop topics could include:

  • Making your voice heard in the community (political, neighborhood)
  • Getting involved in community activism
  • How to focus on self-care and wellness during stressful times
  • Work and family life
  • Mindfulness and Positivity



How do I register?

Register for the Women’s Unconference on Eventbrite.

How do I sponsor the event?

To become a sponsor of the Women’s Unconference and get your brand in front of the local community, please click here to check out your options!

Who is Important Media?

Important Media is an online sustainability media company that reaches ~3.5 million readers each month, and is the parent company of the Sustainability Unconference. The company has a network of over 20 blogs that cover sustainability news in a broad array of industries, including politics, business,  clean tech, food, building, water, personal care, and transportation. Check out all of Important Media’s sites here!