FAQs

Everything you need to know about having a good Gather should be here. If you can’t find what you’re looking for please ask us!

What is Gather?

Gather is a conference with a difference – and unconference.

It’s an opportunity to spend a day collaborating, learning and sharing with other like-minded people. Present your latest works-in-progress, host a discussion on tech toys, show off your side project, run a workshop, or collaborate with others on a session.

If you work in the creative space or live on the internet, then you’ll fit in just fine!

Who are the speakers?

You are! The beauty of an unconference is that everyone has the opportunity to add a session to the schedule.

Presentations can be about anything you’re passionate about and want to share with others. You don’t have to present if you attend, but we encourage everyone to have a go.

For more about session hosting check out Hosting 101.

Who attends Gather?

Past attendees include developers, designers, makers, engineers, MPs, musicians, scientists, lawyers, architects, software testers, librarians, business consultants, journalists, crafters, game designers, coffee nerds, RPi tinkerers … professionals with many hats and intersecting interests.

Where and when is Gather?

Gather 2016 will be held at Ormiston Senior College, Flat Bush, Auckland on Saturday, 23 July.

Gather registration opens at 8am and the conference runs from 9am to around 6:30pm. It’s pretty full-on, but the main complaint we get is that attendees don’t have enough time to talk to all the interesting people they meet on the day!

What can I expect to get out of Gather?

Your brain exploding with inspiration after sharing and learning about projects and ideas with other super smart people — many whom you may never normally meet.

How will the day be organised?

The schedule will open when tickets go on sale.

Sessions are divided into multiple 40-minute blocks to do absolutely anything you want. You’re in the driver’s seat.

What is a typical session like?

Sessions are not necessarily a one-person presentation. They can be co-hosted discussions, lessons, or even just a sit-down-and-make-stuff. You don’t have to be the expert to host a session. Suggest a topic and see if anyone is interested in helping you run it.

Will there be technology for presenting presentations?

Yes. There are projectors in most session rooms. They’re HDMI 1024×768 so bring your appropriate adapters (the Gather team may have limited adapters available).

Do I have to worry about food?

Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, and fresh fruit are provided. Your first four hot or cold drinks are free, thanks to the awesome people at Pushpay. They will also be available for purchase from 8am to 5:20pm. If you’re still feeling peckish, there is a BP service station just down Ormiston Road (go towards the bridge).

I have food allergies, can I eat the food you provide?

When you buy a ticket you’ll be asked to let us know your dietary preferences. We have vegan, vegetarian, and low gluten options. Because we make all the food fresh in a kitchen that also handles gluten and we do not want to risk your health we don’t offer food suitable for coeliacs. If you have food allergies and wish to bring your own food on the day we can support you to do that.

If you have indicated your dietary requirements when you bought your ticket, please remind a registration crew member at check-in and they’ll sort you out.

Wasn’t Gather called something else?

Yes, the Unconference Previously Known As Barcamp Auckland. We became Gather in 2012.

Do you have an anti-harassment policy?

Yes we do. You can find it here.

“Go on Twitter, see that all my tech mates are at @nzgather where I am not, close tab. #jealousy #fomo”

Daniel Zollinger, @dznz