The Evolution of TeachMeet

This timeline is being constructed by Mags Amond, to clarify the origins, essence, context, and milestones in the evolution of TeachMeet to date. Mags constructed the timeline as part of a PhD research project at Trinity College, Dublin. Contact with information, corrections, suggested edits.

A TeachMeet is an 'unconference' user-generated event, organised by teachers for teachers, wherein ideas are shared and discussed among peers. It was first organised in Scotland in 2006, with a nod to the format of Barcamp and the philosophy of Open Space Technology.

1984-01-01 00:00:00

Open Space Technology

Open Space Technology un conference format introduced by Harrison Owen in Monterey, Ca, USA

1988-08-01 00:00:00

IRC - Internet Relay Chat

IRC was created by Jarkko Oikarinen. IRC was used by early bloggers to contact and converse with each other.

1994-09-21 15:25:58

First occurence 'weblog', though not yet so named

It’s generally recognized that the first blog was, created by Justin Hall, while he was a Swarthmore College student in 1994.

1997-02-01 00:00:00


The term “weblog” was coined by Jorn Barger

1998-12-18 00:00:00


The term "unconference" first appeared in an announcement for the annual XML developers conference, Chicago

1999-02-01 00:00:00


The word weblog was shortened to “blog” in 1999 by programmer Peter Merholz

2001-01-15 00:00:00


Wikipedia launched by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger

2003-02-01 19:00:00

First ever PekkaKucha

First ever PekkaKucha session held in Tokyo, Japan

2004-02-01 00:00:00


Facebook launchedby Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes.

2005-02-01 00:00:00


Youtube video-sharing service created by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim

2005-08-19 00:00:00

Barcamp is born

First Barcamp organised in Palo Alto, Ca, USA, as an open-to-all response to invitation only FooCamp

2005-09-21 00:00:00

When shall we three meet again?

Three Scottish Edu bloggers - John Johnson, Ewan McIntosh, and David Noble - meet face to face at SETT 2005, and from some wherein that conversation, the need to meet face to face and share became a reality.

2006-01-28 00:00:00

ScotEduBlogs wiki

ScotEduBlogs wiki set up and invitations to join published

2006-03-21 00:00:00

Twitter is created

"Micro-blogging" as it was then called, messages within 140 characters, created by Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams.

2006-05-24 21:32:48

"Teachmeet Zero" - ScotEduBlogger Meetup

In the Jolly Judge pub in Edinburgh, arranged via wiki and IRC to take place after a conference. Conference Keynote, Will Richardson, attended with Ewan McIntosh, John Johnson, David Muir, Andrew Brown, and Grant Frazer

2006-09-20 17:00:00

First Teachmeet as TeachMeet

The 2nd edition of TeachMeet, and the first to use the title, took place in Glasgow, Scotland. Followed by a TeachEat.

2006-12-01 19:00:00

First Ignite

First ever Ignite talks session held in Seattle, Washington, USA.

2007-03-03 00:00:00

BarCamp in Scotland

BarCamp is introduced to Scotland by Ewan McIntosh

2007-09-19 00:00:00

TeachMeet07 as fringe to Scottish Learning Festival 2007

TeachMeet attached to the Scottish Learing Festival, held at Science Cemtre in Glascow

2008-01-11 18:00:00

Teachmeet BETT begins...

First TeachMeet outside Scotland takes place at BETT, Olympia, London; followed by a TeachEat.

2008-02-19 19:42:30

First 'standalone' TM - not a fringe event

Perth saw the next independent TeachMeet, not attached to a conference

2008-08-28 06:41:04

First TeachMeet Canada

Ewan McIntosh curated one of the first Teachmeets "abroad", and the first outside the UK, in Moosejaw, Canada.

2008-11-11 16:30:30

Is this the first instance of 'hashtag teachmeet' ?

Is this the first instance of the use of #teachmeet, in a tweet by @eddbu referring to the forthcoming first Netherlands Teachmeet?

2009-01-29 18:00:00

2009 First TeachMeet Netherlands

First TeachMeet in Utrecht, Netherlands

2009-02-13 19:00:00

First Teachmeet in Ireland

Ireland first TeachMeet hosted by CESI on the eve of their annual conference in Tallaght, Dublin. There have been over 100 TeachMeets to date in Ireland. Details are at Irish TeachMeet Wiki...

2009-03-14 00:00:00

First TeachMeet USA

TeachMeet at SACD Conferenence, Orelando, Florida, USA

2009-07-01 09:00:00

First TeachMeet in Wales

Held as part of the Wales Moodle Moot / Learn Tech event in Glyndwr University, Wrexham.

2009-10-26 17:00:00

Skolforum 2009 - First Teachmeet Sweden

Enter story info here

2009-12-07 00:00:00

First Online TeachMeet

The frist online TeachMeet, organised as #TMETRU09 by the Ed Tech Round Up community

2010-01-01 09:00:00

First TeachMeet Australia

First TeachMeet Australia

2010-01-14 10:00:00

Teachmeet Takeover introduced at BETT

Teachmeet Takeover is introduced at BETT 2010. Exhibitors allow teachers to use their booth as a platform for TeachMeet style presentations throughout the day

2010-05-01 09:00:00

First ever Edcamp

The first Edcamp took place this month in Philadelphia, USA.

2010-10-18 00:00:00

LOB - Learning on a Beach

John Davitt moved the teach/meet model outdoors, starting in Adelaide Astralia and continuing in Mayo Ireland

2011-12-17 00:00:00

TeachMeet international Online

Hosted online by Arjana Blazic and Bart Verswijvel, an international TM recorded on YouTube

2012-03-02 18:00:00

TeachMeet Malaysia

TeachMeet migrates to Malaysia, Netherlands and many more countries. (Documentation of first TM in each place is not yet verified.)

2012-03-02 18:00:00

First Teachmeet Northern Ireland

First Teachmeet in Northern Ireland in Stranmillis College, followed by TeachEat.

2012-03-09 02:16:08

NAACE Imapct Award for TeachMeet

In the UK, NACCE awarded the 2012 Impact Award for Collaborative Group Project to TeachMeet

2012-04-21 17:00:00

First TeachMeet in Croatia

The first TeachMeet meeting in Croatia was held live on Saturday, April 21, 2012, in the premises of the University Computing Center in Zagreb, organized by the Just One Click Association and CARNet's E-learning Academy

2012-05-05 00:00:00

CampEd is born

An annual weekend event initiated by a bunch of TeachMeet friends and enthusiasts, with the intention of having a family involvement in the sharing of learning

2012-09-07 21:34:59

First TeachMeet academic paper published

TeachMeets: Guerrilla CPD by Liz Bennet, published in SEDA Issue 13 Vol 3

2012-09-22 00:00:00


Pedagoo, which had started as an online sharing space for teachers in Scotland, began to hold face to face meetings in TeachMeet/Edcamp format

2014-01-05 16:00:00

"National TeachMeet Day" organised for UK

A suggestion by Stephen Lockyer led to a #TMUK coalition organising 18 TM events on this day

2014-01-24 18:30:00

"World's Biggest TeachMeet"

Billed and T-Shirted as the "World's Biggest TeachMeet", 650 registered. Several hundred attended at this BETT TM.

2014-02-19 00:00:00

First TeachMeet HongKong

First TeachMeet HongKong

2014-05-21 00:00:00

First TeachMeet Singapore

First TeachMeet Singapore

2014-05-29 00:00:00

GASTA begins

Devised by Tom Farrelly in Ireland, and first used at the ILTA EdTech in conference in Dublin, Ireland, Gasta features a quickfire round of 5 minute presentations, each talk beginning and ending with loud and humorous audience participation

2014-09-15 00:00:00

First TeachMeet Shanghai

First TeachMeet Shanghai

2015-10-03 00:00:00

TeachMeet becomes part of the programme at Féilte in Ireland

TeachMeet becomes part of the programme at Féilte, the annual celebration hosted by The Teaching Council in Ireland. It runs alongside a ResearchMeet.

2016-01-22 18:30:00

TeachMeet 10th Anniversary at BETT

Teachmeet celebrates 10th Birthday at the BETT Arena, with cake, champagne, and an announcement from Ewan McIntosh of a crowd sourced book to celebrate 10 years

2016-09-15 00:00:00

First TeachMeet Shenzen

TeachMeet Shenzen hosted by 21st Century Learning

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