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 is constructing 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.


Wikipedia launched by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger

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.

ScotEduBlogs wiki

ScotEduBlogs wiki set up and invitations to join published


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


The term “weblog” was coined by Jorn Barger

IRC - Internet Relay Chat

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


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


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


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

"National TeachMeet Day" organised for UK

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

"World's Biggest TeachMeet"

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

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?

First TeachMeet Canada

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

First 'standalone' TM - not a fringe event

Perth hosted he first standalone Tm, not attached to any conference

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.

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

First TeachMeet Australia

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First Teachmeet Sweden

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TeachMeet Malaysia

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

First Teachmeet Northern Ireland

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

2009 First TeachMeet Netherlands

First TeachMeet in Utrecht, Netherlands

Teachmeet BETT begins...

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

First TeachMeet in Wales

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

First ever PekkaKucha

First ever PekkaKucha session held in Tokyo, Japan

First Ignite

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

"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

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.

Barcamp is born

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

Open Space Technology

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

First TeachMeet USA

TeachMeet at SACD Conferenence, Orelando, Florida, USA

(First ever Edcamp)

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

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...

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.

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

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