I have participated in several open space events at technical conferences, and I found them to be effective for getting people to loosen up and learn and contribute.

I conduct frequent technical sessions in my organization, and I thought it would be useful to try this format. Unfortunately 60% of the participants log in via WebEx.

It seems like it should be doable, although the law of two feet might be a challenge.

Has anyone ever run an open space event successfully over a web meeting?
What did you do to make it successful?

More on open spaces here: Doing an open space: a two page primer

  • Very interested in this; I've tried to run an open space with a few remote participants, and it was a failure and decided not to every try it again.
    – FuzzyChef
    Sep 24, 2018 at 2:58
  • how does an "open space" vary from a "hackathon"?
    – warren
    Mar 8, 2023 at 18:08
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    @warren An open space is usually a short discussion session, 1 hour at most. Hackathons are generally about collaborating on a coding effort, and can last 1/2 day to 1 full day Mar 9, 2023 at 20:52


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