Are Panels Dead?
Lying awake at night after feeding my daughter a bottle...
My organization, HBS Tech, is going to be holding a blog event. We want it to be interactive and blog-friendly, the question is how? The standard panel format seems too rigid and conservative. It simply doesn't fit with the way blogs work.
I talked with Tony Gentile and Jeff Clavier at HBS Tech's Business 2010 event last night. They were talking about the need for a backchannel.
My midnight brainstorm is to create a blog especially for the event. We'll use Google's Blogger/Blogspot, or, if we get an account donated or a big sponsor, 6Apart, Yahoo, or Microsoft.
We'll have three projectors--one projecting the blogger's screen (we'll need a volunteer to blog the content in real time), one projecting the blog itself (that station will be open, and anyone who wants to comment can do so by coming up to the station and coding one in), and a third projecting the blog of the speaker.
The room will be Wi-Fi enabled so that all the bloggers who bring their laptops (including the other speakers) can blog and comment in real time.
After each "post" by a speaker, the audience will have a chance to "comment." If they comment by talking, a volunteer will enter the comment into the live blog. Or, as described before, they can comment on the blog itself.
What do other people think? Will this work?