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The iConference is seeking proposals for Interactive Events for 2022 that will engage our participants and augment the conference’s research content. This year, we are combining all interactive session types under a single Interactive Events umbrella, rather than having separate tracks for Workshops, SIEs, etc. The change will allow us to maximize the potential of these proposals by considering them as a collective group.

The parameters of this track are broad. We seek workshop proposals that may build a new research community, strengthen an existing research community, or further advance a particular field. We are open to panels, fishbowls, hackathons, and other events that invite commentary, are directly engaging, or seek participant input on ethical or policy issues. We can provide a virtual space for learning, reflection, and relationship-building through virtual installations or exhibitions. We encourage proposers to think creatively.

Please note that iConference 2022 will again be entirely online, so your proposal must take virtual participation into consideration. In accord with feedback from last year’s conference, our 2022 Interactive Events will be presented using Zoom video conferencing facilities embedded within our online conference platform.

After two years of virtual conferencing we have observed that all-day virtual events can put a strain on participants; we urge proposers to employ shorter formats, and/or spread a longer event across multiple days. 

Participation in Interactive Events must be open to all conference delegates, with no additional fees. All organizers, speakers and participants are expected to purchase a conference registration to take part.

Use the Proposal Guidelines below to draft your proposal and submit to our ConfTool submission site.

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  • Submission deadline: Oct. 18, 2021
  • Notification: Mid Nov., 2021

Proposal Guidelines

All submissions must be in English and submitted as a pdf. The following template should be used.

Title: Your event’s descriptive title

Type: i.e. workshop, panel, fishbowl, hackathon, etc.

Organizer(s): Names and affiliations of the organizers, in preferred order of appearance for the program schedule. We encourage the inclusion of organizers from multiple institutions. 

Abstract: An abstract of up to 150 words that can be included in our program schedule.

Description: Include an event description of up to 1,500 words (not including abstract). Event descriptions should address each of the following:

  • Purpose and Intended Audience: Please state the audience to which your event is designed to appeal and the general themes that your workshop will address.

  • Proposed Format: Describe how your event will be organized and structured. The format is up to you. Possible activities include: Panel presentations; Group brainstorming of research issues and questions; Breakout discussions of specific topics or challenges; Collaborative deliberation of a particular case study or problem; Creation of a bibliography, research agenda, manifesto, or other product. 

  • Engagement: Explain the strategies you will use to engage attendees. Note that if you plan to solicit abstracts, papers, or position statements in advance, you are expected to set up your own system or protocol for doing so (e.g., through a website, via email, etc.). 

  • Goals or Outcomes: State the goals and/or expected outcomes for your event. Also, include any plans to prepare a report, proceedings, wiki, or website to disseminate the results of your event.

  • Relevance to the iConference: Briefly state the focus of your proposal topic and note the importance, relevance, value, and/or interest to the iSchool community. Provide a brief explanation of how this event will appeal to the audience both with respect to content and format. If the workshop has been associated with the iConference in the past or is part of an ongoing series, please explain.

Duration: A typical iConference session runs 1.5 hours. Please indicate how many such sessions you expect your event to span. We consider the optimal duration to be one or two sessions, but longer events are possible. If requesting a longer event, include a draft schedule and justification for the extended time. Again, our experience and conference feedback tell us that participants are more receptive of shorter, targeted online events.

Special Requirements: The iConference does not provide funding for Interactive Events. If your proposed event has technical or logistical requirements with budget ramifications, you must articulate them clearly for consideration by the chairs.

If you have questions or ideas that need help being fleshed out, please contact the Track Chairs listed below.

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Interactive Events Chairs


Contact the chairs listed above with questions about this track.

Contact regarding iConference 2022 in general. 




    Papers Publisher

    Accepted papers will be published in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science


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