Edcamp Foundation Board at Kristen Swanson's house

Announcing the Edcamp Foundation & our Executive Board

It’s official! The Edcamp Foundation is in business!

On December 2, 2011, at a meeting in Oreland, Pennsylvania, eight people gathered (one via Skype) at the first official meeting of the Edcamp Foundation Board of Directors. Officer elections were held and the following positions were determined:

Executive Board:

  • Chairman: Dan Callahan
  • Vice Chariman: Kevin Jarrett
  • Secretary:  Christine Miles
  • Treasurer: Mary Beth Hertz

Board Members:

  • Hadley Ferguson
  • Ann Leaness
  • Rob Rowe
  • Mike Ritzius
  • Kim Sivick
  • Kristen Swanson

The meeting was held to begin organizing fundraising on a national scale, develop procedures for mini-grant applications, create bylaws, discuss financial support for upcoming edcamps, the foundation’s web presence and more.

We are on our way!

So, you want to run an Edcamp?

SOURCE: The Edcamp Wiki

*if you have a chance, ATTEND ANOTHER EDCAMP OR A BARCAMP! It will give a lot of guidance in planning your own conference*

First: Determine a mission/goal for the event. (Read part 1 of Mary Beth’s series on creating an edcamp)

  • Who is your target audience?
  • What types of discussions would you like your audience to have?
  • Engage your audience in conversation so they will attend the event.
  • Enlist the help of others–an unconference is hard to put on alone!

Second: Take care of the “big stuff” (Read part 2 of Mary Beth’s series on creating an edcamp)

  • Find a location, date, and secure insurance for your event.
  • Decide how you will handle the finances (PayPal account? Business bank account?)
  • Assign roles to organizers

Third: Get funding! (Read part 3 of Mary Beth’s series on creating an edcamp)

  • Develop a press release
  • Contact potential sponsors
  • Prioritize your spending

Fourth: Do all the “little things.” (Read part 4 of Mary Beth’s series on creating an edcamp)

  • Get a website up and running.
  • Determine if you will provide food.
  • Decide on any little “extras” (lanyards, t-shirts, etc.).
  • Survey your space and decide how many rooms you will have
  • Create a scheduling board



In any language, Edcamp means “gathering of passionate educators”

Edcamp Foundation Board Member Ann Leaness recently shared this article, “Camp pédagogique en français en Colombie-Britannique…” by Steve Roy.  He is working to bring an Edcamp to his part of the world. It is absolutely thrilling to watch Edcamps continue to spread internationally like this!

Side note: Google Translate’s attempt to put this blog post into English results in some utterly hilarious verbiage. My personal favorite:

A CampEd is a PD day “off Broadway”

Go, Edcamp!