UnJiveWorld 2015 the first Crowd Sourced Conference


This year JiveWorld was postponed to March 2016 as they moved venues from the Cosmopolitan to the Aria in an effort to avoid the timing of Dreamforce and Oracle OpenWorld. Not having JiveWorld was unthinkable for a small group of Jive users here in the Bay Area so we decided to plan our own JiveWorld.

As the leader of the Bay Area User group for Jive, I took the lead along with Kim Nelson spending several months planning and reaching out to Jive and various vendors to put this together. Following in the footsteps of the UnConference theme, we decided to let the attendees drive the agenda for the breakout sessions but as seasoned social media experts we couldn’t just wait for the day of the event and have people write their ideas on a wall and put stickies to vote on them, although we did do this the day of to reinforce what we did online and remove a few session ideas that did not have much support online. So we used Jive and Ideation to allow the members to submit session ideas and have the community vote on them up to a month prior to the event.

As more people got involved our event grew and we had over 100 people register and last month we had over 75 attendees show up the day of the event.

Rajat Paria, the Co Founder of Bunchball and unofficial God Father of Gamification helped to kick off the Keynote with his presentation on Performance Enhancing Data.

Ofer Ben-David, EVP of Products for Jive also helped provide an insightful keynote regarding the Jive product roadmap to help kickstart the day.

Along with other Jive Community experts and industry professionals such as Kim Nelson of Nuance Communications, who led two breakout sessions.

Ryan Rutan (pictured left) Director of Development for Jive Software who led a half day Developer Hackathon.

Rob Shapiro of Oracle and myself presented on Ideation best practices

Rian Van Der Merwe hosted a great Q&A session for Jive as the Product Design Director gathering feedback from the attendees.

I can’t be sure if this truly was the first crowd sourced conference but it was the first for Jive and the Bay Area User group. After the great turn out and the wonderful responses i have received from everyone, this probably won’t be the last.

Thanks to Michelle and her team at Hitachi Data Systems for hosting the event and JCS Consulting for providing lunch. Last but not least, a special thanks to Bunchball for hosting an amazing afterparty at Hotel Valencia in Santa Row!

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