May 5, 2021, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Main stage (introduction only)/breakout sessions

Now in its sixth year, the Unconference is a participant-driven event that provides a venue for discussion of topics of mutual interest to those in attendance. Attendees are presented with topics and will decide at that time, through popular vote, which ideas or proposals will be further explored. Keep in mind, these topics of mutual interest do not necessarily have to be tech-oriented or even tech-related (i.e., we’ve had topics on Lean Six Sigma and business processes in the past).

The audience will be all conference attendees, technical and non-technical people.

(Please note: Unconference attendance is drop-in).

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Call for topics and moderators

We are soliciting topics of interest for these sessions ahead of time to make the sessions run smoothly, but also to make sure that those with subject matter expertise (where needed) can be there as well. We are taking a leap of faith in each other and in our colleagues to provide as useful and worthwhile an experience as possible. To this end, we seek ideas for topics of interest that you would be interested in attending, either as a participant or a facilitator.

Current Unconference topics – seeking more!

  1. OpenID Connect (OIDC) — moderator: Zunan Dong
  2. Cryptography concepts for the non-technical — moderator: Rouben Tchakhmakhtchian
  3. Remote work/trip to Mars — moderator: Marden Paul
  4. Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) day to day — moderator: Celeste Francis Esteves
  5. Infrastructure as code — moderator: Alex Tremblay
  6. Technology repurposing — moderator: George Katterloher
  7. Machine learning — moderator: Patrick Matlock
  8. Automation for knowledge workers — moderator: Holly Andrews
  9. AODA nuts and bolts — moderator: Chris Sabatinos
  10. ACME (certificate management) – moderator: Russell Sutherland and Paul Fardy
  11. Risk registry for mere mortals – moderator: Areg Harutyunyan
  12. InTune – moderator: Ian Thomas
  13. IT professional development – moderator: Pete St. Onge
  14. PowerShell demo – moderator: Ammar Ijaz

New for 2021 – Five-minute pitches: this is your opportunity to put a pitch to your community.

This year’s Unconference will introduce “five-minute pitch” slots during which participants can bring forward an idea, even if not completely developed. For more information, please contact Pete St. Onge via email (pete.stonge@utoronto.ca) or Teams.

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Contact us

If you have Unconference-related questions, please email Pete St. Onge, Senior IAM Architect, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto, at: pete.stonge@utoronto.ca.