Wichita leaders hope Tuesday’s ICT Unconference connects community

A few hours southeast of Kansas City a group of community leaders are taking steps to build Wichita’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Those steps move forward in a big way Tuesday with the first ICT Unconference taking place at the Wichita Marriot Hotel, starting at 8:30 a.m. and wrapping up with a closing party at 4:15 p.m….

A few hours southeast of Kansas City a group of community leaders are taking steps to build Wichita’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Those steps move forward in a big way Tuesday with the first ICT Unconference taking place at the Wichita Marriot Hotel, starting at 8:30 a.m. and wrapping up with a closing party at 4:15 p.m.

Trish Brasted, president of Wichita Technology Corporation, and Bob Loudermilk, founder of Quantu, Expositions International, saw the need to bring an event to the city and brought on the help of Kansas City-based Think Big Partners to assist with the planning. Think Big produced an unconference of a similar structure last fall.

So what does an unconference entail? It’s an open agenda with ideas generated by the attendees that then turn into discussions and short presentations, depending on the material and what the crowd determines. There’s little that’s locked into the schedule—what’s important rises to the top and gets everyone collaborating together.

In addition, there’ll be a keynote from space entrepreneur Scott Tibbitts and a closing presentation from the character coach for the Wichita State Shockers’ men’s basketball team.

Tickets are still available, starting at $99 for entrepreneurs and $59 for students.

Follow along with @SiliconPrairie and @ICTUnconference tomorrow and using by #ICTUnconference on Twitter. We’ll be in attendance and keeping up with the day’s conversations.

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