GOAT 2020 Program

GOAT is presented as an unConference. As Kaliya Young describes it on unconference.net:

The unconference format creates space for peer-to-peer learning, collaboration and creativity. At the start, the whole group will gather together and be guided through creating an agenda using open space technology.  The exact process is not important to understand in advance – the process will become clear as it happens.  The important part is that all those gathered will have the opportunity to put conference sessions on the agenda.  No session will be voted off or ‘won’t happen’ for some other reason. All sessions are welcome.

Please check out some guidelines for how it works and how to prepare here: http://unconference.net/unconferencing-how-to-prepare-to-attend-an-unconference/

Session types

  • unConference sessions, as planned on Day 1, each about 1 hour long. We may have as many as 3 sessions running simultaneously (3 rooms, ~20 people per room avg).
  • Mud-to-Bricks: think of these as breakouts or mini-hackathons, where a small group can seize on an idea from the sessions and get to work making that idea a reality.
  • Workshops, please indicate in your application if you’d like to plan one!
  • Lightning talks for individuals or groups who want 5-10 min to present an idea or something they’ve made to the whole group.

Note: All meals will be provided by Omega Institute and are covered if accepted to GOAT 2020.

Pre-Conference (Sunday):
Sunday ~noon – Organizer Check-in
16:00 – 18:00 – Conference Registration
~19:00 Dinner at Omega

Day 1 (Monday):
08:00 – 09:00 – Breakfast
9:30 – 12:00 – Introductions, Lightning Talks
12:00 – 12:30 – Lunch
12:30 – 14:15 – Show & Tell
14:15 – 16:50 – Unconference planning and sessions
16:50 – 17:30 – Q&A, Open Discussion
17:30 – 19:00 – (optional) Evening activity

Day 2 (Tuesday):
08:00 – 09:00 – Breakfast
09:00 – 12:00 – Unconference sessions
12:00 – 13:00 – Lunch
13:00 – 16:50 – Unconference sessions
16:50 – 17:30 – Q&A, Open Discussion
17:30 – 19:00 – (optional) Evening activity

Day 3 (Wednesday):
08:00 – 09:00 – Breakfast
09:00 – 12:00 – Unconference sessions
12:00 – 13:00 – Lunch
13:00 – 15:30 – Unconference sessions
15:30 → 17:00 – How do we move forward?
17:00 → 17:30 – Q&A, Open Discussion, thank you’s and goodbyes

NOTE – make sure we know if you are staying Wednesday night – there are limited rooms available.

Social Media

Yes please! Post content (images, text, etc.) to your favorite social media with the following hashtag: #goatech2020 @goatech_org

If you take pictures and don’t mind us using them, please let us know!

Documentation and Discussion

To initiate a discussion, go create a post on the forum at forum.goatech.org. This helps documents all the smart things the GOAT community has to say, and helps make new folks get up to speed quick.

For examples, see some of the documentation from previous GOAT sessions.

We also have a RIOT channel at for more instantaneous or quick group messaging. Come by and say hi, there’s usually a few of us hanging out in there 🙂

Code of Conduct

We have a code of conduct shamelessly stolen from GOSH. Please read it here: http://openhardware.science/gosh-2017/gosh-code-of-conduct/

We also have a point of contact for violations of the code of conduct. If you feel there has been a violation, want to discuss the rules, or have concerns you don’t feel discussing in public, you can contact the CoC person: Dorn or Ankita.

Organizer points of contact

Much of the conference work will be powered by GOAT participants themselves. If you are volunteering, you can find a point of contact for you work. If you have any other questions/concerns, hopefully it fits into one of the below categories. If you’re not sure, identify an organizer and they’ll help you find the right person to talk to.

Facilitation – Greg Austic
Documentation – Ankita Raturi
Registration – Jamie Gaehring
Tech Support – Michael Stenta