If the one-to-many model of communication is over online it should also end offline.
Gabriel Shalom

Yes, let’s do both! Creative Tech Week has a free Expo for exploration and freeform networking, our Arts Hub is full of installations, performances and parties, and our participating organizations are running hands-on workshops, exhibits, art shows, and more.

We’re a crowdsourced festival and accepted over 100 submissions to our main stages through our public open call, so in that way well over half of our talks and panels actually did come to us through an unconference-style model. I don’t believe that talks and panels should be thrown out; they serve as a useful starting point for discussion and meeting new people — especially when it’s creators showing their work, which allows audiences to discover people and concepts they haven’t heard about previously and use that as a jumping-off point for a followup conversation.