Now... This event made me thing of emerging formats for academic events, particularly those that seem to embrace social media well. The great lightning talks in Hastac III are such an example.
Just as a footnote, I am reminded of the last SXSW conference in Austin where one moderator decided to use the LCD projector to expose the dialogue that was happening 'in the back... meaning: in the chatroom system provided by SXSW to the audience but that had until then occurred 'behind the scenes" almost as a collective gossip. Many moderators followed his example and the discussions took really interesting (sometimes bordering dangerous:)) twists and turns.
This was a radical 'move' though - one that only a 'traditionally irreverent' event like SXSW could handles well... Or not?... My question is - can academic 'traditionally compliant' :) events' formats reinvent themselves as unconferences and other (pioneer) forms? Let's hear about it...:)