The conference we never wanted to end… how would it look like? The one we’d anxiously be waiting to start every time?…
This is the question we set out to answer in 2012 at Mozaic Works. We are a team of experienced agile-lean developers, trainers and coaches and we wanted to design an event we too would be aching to attend. We even created a manifesto that distills our thoughts.
Inspired by events we love to attend, like SoCraTes or ALE, we created the I T.A.K.E. Unconference. We decided on a format with more traditional sessions, like talks and mini-workshops but we also added sessions where you take full advantage of the massive brainpower of your peers: Open Space, Product Development, Kata Lounge or Code with a Stranger.
150 attendees from eight countries joined us in 2013, while in 2014 those numbers increased to 180 attendees from thirteen countries. We are looking forward to welcoming 200-250 people in 2015, but we don’t want to grow I T.A.K.E. much more in order to retain one characteristic our attendees hold dear: the feeling of a community of peers who learn together.