So... what's a radio conference?!

So... what's a radio conference?!

Since we opened registration for our upcoming event, the DS106 Radio Summer Camp, folk have been getting in touch to ask what a radio-based conference might be and how it works to present and take part.

"We are familiar with the format of Reclaim Open or the Domains Conference, fully virtual, blended and in person... we have done hybrid! Synchronous! Asynchronous! But every conference format relies on some kind of visual, a video at least. So what's a radio conference?!"

Now, here at Reclaim we are no strangers to doing things differently. We are good at firsts! We are not afraid to go where others follow, and we blog about it along the way. So here's the concept unpacked:

DS106 Radio Summer Camp is designed to free you from your screen and enjoy your summer whilst listening to inspiring stories around our virtual campfire. To take part, simply register and look out for the joining instructions the week before the event. During camp week, tune in to DS106 Radio and enjoy. 

You will have an interactive online programme which shows the full schedule for each day, starting Monday, August 12th and ending on Friday, August 16th. For each session you will be able to click on the link to the live stream from the radio. You can listen to the shows live or catch the recordings (and transcripts, too!) and there'll be links to resources and references in the programme description for each session. To listen, all you need is a web browser.

You'll also be able to chat with other participants in a dedicated channel in our Discord community, and using the #ds106RadioSummerCamp hashtag on Mastodon.

If you are a presenter joining us to tell your story on the airwaves, for most sessions Team Reclaim will act as host and moderator. So as a speaker all you need to do is to join a call via a conferencing platform. If you are keen to learn more about internet radio broadcasting, let us know when you register!

Call for Speakers and Submissions

The Call for Speakers is open until July 14th. We are excited to hear from you about all things open edtech, stories about how you are reclaiming your digital domain and the trials and tribulations you encountered along the way. 

The themes for the event are: 

  1. Theme 1: Tell the story of your year … in words and/or music. Look back at the last academic year and share your highs and lows, what excited you and your students or colleagues; 
  2. Theme 2: What’s cooking on your campfire?! Pick this theme if you have a tasty (ed) technical innovation to share, lessons learnt or a question for our audience; 
  3. Theme 3: Open and federated! We are on a mission to reclaim our socials, and if you are interested in open or federated communities, networks, newsletters and more, this is your theme; 
  4. Theme 4: Radio ramble. Do you have something to share with the group… or something on your mind that you want to unpick… musings, idle ramblings, poetry slams and walking tours are welcome here. 

It’s free to speak and everyone is welcome. Our schedule for the summer camp includes a number of activities and formats: 

  • Speaker session: an hour of storytelling or interview with one speaker hosted by a moderator from Team Reclaim;
  • Discussion Session: discussion hour with 2-3 contributors talking about a common theme hosted by a moderator from Team Reclaim;  
  • Music + Talk: Guests bring music or make requests, plus chat in an informal format, guest by a guest DJ or a moderator from Team Reclaim; 
  • Open DJs & campfire socials (each day after the end of the formal schedule).

Submit a session.