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'How the EdCamp Movement Went Viral': an Interview with Executive Director Hadley Ferguson

By Mary Jo Madda (Columnist)     Oct 20, 2015

'How the EdCamp Movement Went Viral': an Interview with Executive Director Hadley Ferguson

It’s not every day that we receive visits from entrepreneurs or nonprofits leads who can cite growth as viral as the EdCamp movement. For those of you wondering if that the name for some educational type of summer camp, let me help you out. Edcamps, or “unconferences,” bring together teachers, tech experts, entrepreneurs, and anyone else interested in the education landscape, to talk about, well, whatever they want. They involve very little planning, and the schedule is entirely decided by participants only once they’ve showed up to an EdCamp. 

Sound a little unconventional? Well, this novelty has become, dare we say, a viral movement since the very first gathering back in May 2010. In fact, there have been more than 250 Edcamps around the world in the last year alone.

The Executive Director of the EdCamp Foundation, Hadley Ferguson, stopped by the EdSurge Office on October 19 because we were curious to learn more about just what caused this viral growth. But we didn’t stop there. Are there too many EdCamps? Are entrepreneurs starting to use them as a marketing opportunity, which affects the sacred space that is EdCamp? Are these worries becoming a reality? Hadley answered all those questions and more in this EdSurge Extra.


A word from our sponsor: The Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE presented by Dollar General Literacy Foundation is a $7M competition to develop mobile software leading to the greatest skills gains among low-literate adults in the US. You can transform the lives of 36 million American adults. Register to compete, or learn more at http://adultliteracy.xprize.org/.

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'How the EdCamp Movement Went Viral': an Interview with Executive Director Hadley Ferguson

By Mary Jo Madda (Columnist)     Oct 20, 2015

'How the EdCamp Movement Went Viral': an Interview with Executive Director Hadley Ferguson

It’s not every day that we receive visits from entrepreneurs or nonprofits leads who can cite growth as viral as the EdCamp movement. For those of you wondering if that the name for some educational type of summer camp, let me help you out. Edcamps, or “unconferences,” bring together teachers, tech experts, entrepreneurs, and anyone else interested in the education landscape, to talk about, well, whatever they want. They involve very little planning, and the schedule is entirely decided by participants only once they’ve showed up to an EdCamp. 

Sound a little unconventional? Well, this novelty has become, dare we say, a viral movement since the very first gathering back in May 2010. In fact, there have been more than 250 Edcamps around the world in the last year alone.

The Executive Director of the EdCamp Foundation, Hadley Ferguson, stopped by the EdSurge Office on October 19 because we were curious to learn more about just what caused this viral growth. But we didn’t stop there. Are there too many EdCamps? Are entrepreneurs starting to use them as a marketing opportunity, which affects the sacred space that is EdCamp? Are these worries becoming a reality? Hadley answered all those questions and more in this EdSurge Extra.


A word from our sponsor: The Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE presented by Dollar General Literacy Foundation is a $7M competition to develop mobile software leading to the greatest skills gains among low-literate adults in the US. You can transform the lives of 36 million American adults. Register to compete, or learn more at http://adultliteracy.xprize.org/.

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