Agenda for Unblight – A national unconference

August 14th & 15th, 2014 // Mercer University, Macon, Ga.

Unblight will bring together community advocates, technologists, journalists, policy makers and students from around the country to explore the scope of blight, and innovative solutions to take us from a blighted past to a brighter future. The event is co-hosted by the Center for Collaborative Journalism at Mercer University and the Sunlight Foundation, with generous support from the Knight Fund of the Community Foundation of Central Georgia, and the Technology Association of Georgia.

An unconference is a more participant-driven take on the traditional format of a conference. The agenda is set by the attendees, as open space is created for peer-to-peer learning, collaboration and creativity. Learn more about unconferences

Wednesday, August 13th

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.: Pre-conference happy hour Home of Debbie and Grant Blankenship, 1525 Coleman Avenue (see map on reverse side)

Thursday, August 14th

9:00 - 9:30 a.m.: Registration, breakfast Science & Engineering Building (see map)

9:30 - 10:40: Introductions + icebreaker Tim Regan-Porter, director of the Center for Collaborative Journalism, Amy Ngai, partnerships and training director, Sunlight Foundation

10:40 - 11:10: Day 1 keynote Lauren Hood, community manager Loveland Technologies, Detroit

11:10 - 11:30 What is an unconference? Sunlight Foundation staff- Submit session ideas

11:30 - 12:40 p.m.: First session

Session -1 -A- Creative Reuses of Blighted Properties

Session 1 -B- Policy Reforms to Deal with Blight (Eminent Domain/ Community vs. Private)

12:40 - 1:30: Lunch

1:30 - 2:45: Second session

                Session 2 -A- Better Data to Measure and Predict Blight and Vacancy

Session 2 -B- No Money, Mo' Problems (How to combat Blight with the money and resouces you have)

2:45 - 3:00: Break

3:00 - 4:15: Third session

                Session 3 -A- Tech Tools that Could Work (new tools, success stories)

Session 3 -B- Blight: It's a Community Problem (how do we engage everyone?)

4:30- 5:45: Project Carousel & snacks

5:45- 6:30 Break

6:30 - 7:30: Tour of Beall’s Hill neighborhood and revitalization projects. Ethiel Garlington, Historic Macon. Meet outside of Science and Engineering Building (see map)

7:30 - 8:30: Reception, hors d’oeuvres & drinks Sidney Lanier Cottage, 935 High St

Friday, August 15th

9:00 - 9:30 a.m.: Breakfast Science & Engineering Building (see map)

9:30 - 9:45: Morning welcome Tim Regan-Porter, Center for Collaborative Journalism  

9:45 - 10:20: Five-minute presentations of data, tech projects.

10:20 - 10:35: Submit session ideas

10:35 - 11:50: First session

11:50 - 12:20 p.m.: Lunch

12:30 - 1:15: Day 2 keynote Macon/Bibb Mayor Robert Reichert

1:15 - 2:30: Second session

2:30 - 3:00: Wrap up & takeaways. Sunlight & CCJ staff

Key Locations

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