From 2011 to 2015 inclusive NetHui was a single, annual, national event. In 2016 a Regional NetHui Road Trip was introduced.
After community consultation, it was decided to support NetHui on an alternating cycle beginning in 2017: a National NetHui every two years, and NetHui road trips in the in-between years.
Planning for the 2018 Road Trip has three stages:
In March/April 2018, individuals, organisations, and networks from around New Zealand are invited to submit ideas for a one-day NetHui in their town via this Trip Planning form. The InternetNZ NetHui team will use all of the feedback and ideas to select three cities for the 2018 road trip. Factors considered when selecting cities include access to an appropriate venue, sufficient interested partners on the ground, and geographical diversity.
In May 2018, we will announce the three selected cities and dates, and open a Get Involved form for each event. Prospective attendees are invited to submit ideas for topics, themes, sessions, and speakers they would like to discuss at each event. The NetHui team will work with local partners to tailor and build the programme for each event, connecting people with similar interests to ensure the day is about the issues that matter most to the local community.
Between late August and early October, the three Road Trip events will be held. Each event will be live streamed for those who can’t attend in person.
NetHui is about discussions, not presentations - participants set topics and lead conversations amongst all of the attendees. While there are plenary sessions with keynote speakers to bring participants together at the beginning and end of each day, most of a NetHui is dedicated to breakout sessions, often with multiple sessions running concurrently. This format deliberately creates smaller groups so more voices can be heard.
A NetHui feels very different to most events. The collaborative conversations between participants draws in views and expertise that is often overlooked. People share their own experiences as well as their expertise, so it is rare for a NetHui session to end without everyone feeling like they learned something new – even if they were experts in the topic to begin with.
Of course! NetHui is for everybody who has an interest in the challenges and vast opportunities the Internet presents, the policies and regulations around access and use of the Internet, or anyone that simply wants to talk about the Internet.
A NetHui is empowering for participants because everyone’s views, opinions and contributions are valued equally at NetHui. People of all ages, backgrounds, genders and ethnicities are encouraged to attend. A respectful, open attitude towards others is expected from all participants, speakers, exhibitors and volunteers. Put simply, if you’re looking for a safe, open, inclusive space to engage with your community about the Internet and all that goes with it, then NetHui will be your kind of place.
And if you can’t attend a NetHui in person, you can get involved in the conversation online: Every NetHui session is live-streamed, and we have live-chat so you can participate. We also have people making collaborative online notes of the sessions.
To build a NetHui programme, the public are invited to submit ideas for the things they’d like to talk about. People with similar topics are linked up and asked to prepare and facilitate a conversation during a NetHui Breakout Session. The ideas raised by the community also inform the creation of panel discussion topics, and the invitation of panelists and keynote speakers, both of whom lead bigger discussions in NetHui plenaries. The programme development process starts months before a NetHui, to engage widely with the community and allow groups time to flesh out their topics and prepare.
Learn more about sponsorship and community supporter opportunities by emailing [email protected].
NetHui wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of a large number of sponsors and community supporters. If you would like to sponsor NetHui please contact [email protected].