The first Agile Lean Europe Unconference 2011 (ALE2011) will take place from September 7th-9th 2011 in Berlin at NH Hotel Berlin-Mitte. The Unconference will consist of a mixture of Open Space, keynotes and talks. It addresses European IT practitioners who are interested in lean and agile thinking and practices. Volunteers from all over Europe are organising this noncommercial event intensively using social media.
ALE2011 wants to use the diversity of people and perspectives within Europe to create new connections, start pan-European collaboration and exchange experiences on the different ways of working in different cultures with regard to agile and lean development. Therefore it explicitly encourages people from all over Europe to join.
Keynotes will be held by the internationally well known speakers Rachel Davies, Bjarte Bogsnes and David Snowden. Other talks are planned by practitioners and experts from European countries. The content targets a diverse audience, as there will be a mixture of different types of talks and formats like Open Space, lightning talks, keynotes, coding dojos and presentations.
So far 122 people from 28 countries already have preregistered. This means that 66% of all European countries are already represented. Open registration has started in July on a firstcome, first-serve basis, until the maximum of 240 participants is reached. We expect the event to sell out within a few weeks after the opening.
The Unconference is sponsored by a number of European companies, whose contributions allow for a reduced fee for people who cannot afford the full amount. The sponsors are Agile Alliance, agile42, ANECON, CHIP Online, codecentric, Ericsson, it-agile, jbrains.ca,Lean Software and Systems Consortium, massimus, Nokia, PairCoaching.net, proyectalis,ScrumDesk, SoCraTes 2011.
We invite participants to bring their families and offer a spouse/kids program to discover the city together during the day. Also an additional weekend program will be offered after the event for those who want to stay longer in Berlin.
About the Agile Lean Europe Network (ALE):
The Agile Lean Europe (ALE) network is an open and evolving network of people (not businesses), with links to local communities and institutions. It helps people in European countries by spreading ideas and growing a collective memory of Agile and Lean thinking. And by exchanging interesting people with diverse perspectives across borders it allows beautiful results to emerge.
ALEnetwork Homepage (http://alenetwork.eu)