iConference 2016 Announces Robin Hauser Reynolds as Keynote Speaker


January 5, 2016

Philadelphia, Pa. – Robin Hauser Reynolds, director and producer of critically acclaimed documentary “CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap,” will be a keynote speaker at the iConference 2016 – an annual, international gathering that pushes the boundaries of information studies and creates new technological and conceptual configurations.

Registration is now open for the iConference, which will take place in historic Philadelphia from Mar. 20-23, 2016. Hosted by Drexel University’s College of Computing & Informatics, iConference 2016 will bring together more than 500 leading researchers and innovators from academia and industry under the theme of “Partnership with Society” to examine the dynamic, evolving role of information science and today’s iSchool movement, and the benefits to society. Discounted early registration rates are available through Jan. 18, 2016.

In addition to Reynolds’ keynote address, the conference will feature exclusive on-site film screenings of her most recent film, award-winning documentary “CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap,” thanks to the generous support of iConference 2016 sponsor Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company. The film, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival 2015, has caught the attention of the international tech industry and of policymakers in Washington, DC and abroad.

“It is a point of great pride to speak and show ‘CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap’ at the iConference 2016, as we join together to examine ‘Partnership with Society’ and the reasons behind the tech gender gap that have led to such an extreme shortage of female and minority software engineers,” Reynolds said.

“CODE” documentary explores the reasons behind the dearth of American female and minority software engineers, including the reasons for the gender gap and digital divide. The film also examines the reasons why more girls and people of color are not seeking opportunities in computer science and explores how stereotypes, educational hurdles, lack of role models and sexism all contribute to this national crisis.

“Beyond the gender gap, ‘CODE’ documentary targets the growing workforce crisis in computing and digital information – a challenge that educators and administrators within the 65 iSchools across the world can help to address,” said Jane Greenberg, PhD, iConference 2016 co-chair and Drexel University Alice B. Kroeger Professor. “The film is a must-see for anyone working or teaching within the digital information space.”

Reynolds is the director and producer of cause-based documentary films at Finish Line Features, LLC. As both a businesswoman and a longtime professional photographer, Reynolds brings her creative eye and leadership skills to her documentary film projects. Her years in fine art photography give her a keen vision for the artistic design of her films; her experience in the business world affords her a unique perspective on what it takes to motivate an audience.

Previously, Reynolds co-directed and produced the documentary feature, “Running for Jim,” which won 14 awards at 20 film festivals. She has spoken about the importance of increased diversity in computer programming and on behalf of women’s rights at the Mobile World Congress, SXSW Interactive Conference, InspireFest, AT&T Foundry FutureCast and Dell Women Entrepreneur Network. As director of “CODE” documentary, Reynolds has been featured in national publications: USA Today, Wired, Forbes, Fortune, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Marie Claire and San Francisco Business Times.

Visit the iConference 2016 website to learn more about this year’s conference.


Call for Participation iConference 2015


The iConference is an international gathering of scholars and researchers concerned with critical information issues in contemporary society. iConference 2015 takes place March 24-27 in Newport Beach, California. The following submissions are invited:

Submission Type Deadline   Notification
Papers Friday, September 5, 2014, midnight PDT   mid-November
Posters Friday, October 10, 2014, midnight  PDT   mid-November
Workshops Friday, September 26, 2014, midnight PDT   Monday, October 27, 2014
Interactive Sessions Friday, October 10, 2014, midnight PDT   mid-November
Doctoral Colloquium Friday, September 12, 2014, midnight PDT   Friday, October 24, 2014
Social Media Expo Participation commitment letter due October 14, 2014; submissions due December 15, 2014.   Thursday, January 15, 2015
Dissertation Award Wednesday, October 15, 2014, midnight PDT   Thursday, January 15, 2015


iConference 2015 is presented by the iSchools organization and hosted by The Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at University of California, Irvine. All information researchers and scholars are welcome.


iConference 2014 a success in European debut


Last March, more than 450 information researchers and scholars traveled to Berlin, Germany, to take part in iConference 2014. It was the ninth annual event in the iSchools’ iConference series, and the first to take place in Europe.

The official proceedings of iConference 2014 are available on the IDEALS open repository, and more information on the event itself can be found on the iConference 2014 summary page.

The iConference is an annual gathering of a broad spectrum of scholars and researchers from around the world who share a common concern about critical information issues in contemporary society. iConference 2014 took place March 4-7, and included the presentation of 39 papers, 36 notes (or short papers), 66 posters and 11 workshops. Also included were a Doctoral Colloquium, a student Social Media Expo, and numerous sessions for interaction and engagement. Keynote addresses were given by Tony Hey of Microsoft Research Connections and Melissa Terras of University College London.

Awards presented at iConference 2014 included the Lee Dirks Best Paper award, which was presented to authors Leanne Bowler, Elanor Mattern, and Cory Knobel for their work entitled Developing Design Interventions for Cyberbullying: A Narrative-Based Participatory Approach. The annual iSchools Doctoral Dissertation Award was presented to Jennifer Lynn Douglas of the University of Toronto Faculty of Information. Click here for more information about iConference 2014 award winners.

iConference 2014 was hosted by the Berlin School of Library and Information Science, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin with program administration by the Royal School of Library and Information Science, University of Copenhagen. The presenting sponsor was Microsoft Research.

Next year, the iConference moves to Newport Beach, California. Click here for more information about iConference 2014.