API Mastermind is a loosely structured open space event dedicated to API product owners and team leads with a focus on peer-to-peer interactions and open exchange of information.
We used the Open Space Event format for our Innovation Summit and found that the approach resonated well with our audience. Allowing participants to drive the agenda increased the sense of ownership and gave everyone a chance to contribute to a topic of their interest, whether at a novice or expert level. Discussions flowed well and resulted in some surprising outcomes. I’m looking forward to my next Open Space Event.
I find open space events one of the most engaging meeting formats. When I first participated in one at a local event, it was a game changer for me. So much so that I decided to organize open space events in the Drupal community (the first Drupal CXOs). Even if you're familiar with the topics being discussed at the events, there's this excitement that anything can happen – since participants create the "marketplace" of topics, you get to choose what you'd like to learn or contribute to – you can choose one, you can choose many, you decide. Your attention is not monopolized by a formal agenda and it's very liberating!
In the past years we organized a couple of really successful invite-only API Mastermind sessions. We also saw how powerful an open space event format can be.
When it is well-organized, it can be a real game changer for the participants.
So we made up our minds to create the very first open space API mastermind event in Budapest, Hungary. All set to maximize learning efficiency and focus.
However it turned out, no matter how great the concept is, it is not that easy to get signups for an event without predefined topics and previously announced professional experts. At last we decided to postpone the event and to review the details and ask your preferences, so that we can come back with an amazing event in 2020.
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