Last tended on 1 June, 2014 (first created 23 February, 2014)

About the MidSummer Unconference and BBQ
Confirmed Unconference Participants
Getting to Enschede
Find a place to stay
The Facebook Group

Make Stuff That Matters!

We have more opportunity than ever to act and make things ourselves, while connected to and embedded in globally connected networks and globally accessible knowledge. Our world is however a closed system with restraints in terms of resources, with only our creativity in true abundance. So we better learn how to act, prototype, design and make well. Whether it is a product, a system, a structure or a new routine. So we better make stuff that really solves something for you or others, that makes something important possible. So we better Make Stuff That Matters.

Join us at the MidSummer Unconference & BBQ!

On 20 June the MidSummer Unconference ‘Make Stuff That Matters!‘ will take place at our home in Enschede. The next day, 21 June, mid summer night, we will host the MidSummer BBQ, with not just the participants of the Unconference, but also a large number of other friends, colleagues, clients and family. We will be sending invitations soon, but the event is basically open to anyone. (We’ve always had a few guests we didn’t know beforehand, and it always works out well.) Want to be there? Let us know!

Be part of our Epic Sh*t Incubator

At the ‘Working on Stuff that Matters’ unconference in 2010 we talked about it being and creating an ‘epic sh*t multiplier’, a way to make the impact felt beyond just the event. This time we will aim for an ‘epic sh*t incubator’, a way to kickstart and bootstrap yourself and make things. It will be outside our own comfort zone, and outside yours.

Why are we doing this?

Because it is fun and inspiring! The energy we get from these events sustains us in our work for years afterwards. We are privileged to know many interesting and inspiring people, including you, and enjoy bringing you together. Friends, peers, colleagues, family and clients, they make for a wonderful mix. We have organized these type of unconferences before. In 2008 for Elmine’s birthday, there was an unconference on ‘work-life balance’, a fitting theme for a conference on your birthday. In 2010 for Ton’s birthday the theme was ‘Working on Stuff that Matters‘.  In 2011 we created an e-book ‘How to Unconference Your Birthday‘ as a gift for all participants. In 2012 we organized the ‘BBQ At the End of the Universe‘, without an unconference.

Key facts

20 June 2014 Friday, MidSummer Unconference “Make Stuff That Matters”. 10:00-17:30, door open 09:00, drinks and Chinese / Indonesian buffet dinner 17:30-21:00. Location: Ton and Elmine’s home (or another venue depending on number of participants), in Enschede.

21 June 2014 Saturday, MidSummer BBQ, from 15:00. Location: Ton and Elmine’s home, in Enschede.

Places to stay: List of hotels/B&B’s. Limited space is also available at our home, preferably for those traveling on a tight budget. Ask us if you’d like to stay at our place. Sorry, our home is fully booked!

How to get to Enschede: planes, trains, automobiles

Also see the growing confirmed participants list, and the Facebook Group.

Tags: #MSTM14


(photo credit: Elmine Wijnia)

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