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Bringing the personal touch to a virtual iConference

2 Dec 2021 19:46 | iSchools News (Administrator)

Many of us miss the days of in-person conferences, where the flow of ideas and face-to-face networking creates a wonderful and personal dynamic. If you fall in that category, you’ll be pleased to learn that while the global health situation dictates a virtual format for iConference 2022, the organizers have taken significant steps toward enhancing opportunities for interpersonal connections and dynamic networking during our five-day information conference.

For starters we have the Event Feed, a live ongoing discussion housed on every user’s conference dashboard. Think of the Event Feed a private social media channel, just for conference goers. Participants can use this universal venue to debate the finer points of a keynote address, elaborate on potential applications of research presentations, or pose thoughtful questions to the collective attendees.

For more direct engagement, we offer Round Tables, a virtual venue for exploring topics with your fellow conference-goers. It’s like adding you own interactive session to our conference program. As a participant, you can initiate as many Round Tables as you wish, and on any topic, ranging from academic areas of study to pressing social issues to personal hobbies. And of course, you can use the Event Feed to announce your Round Table and invite participation.

We also have several outgoing Social Activities Chairs who will be dedicated to fostering engagement at the conference. These chairs will initiate a number of contests and promotions throughout the conference. Watch for their announcements and invitations in the Event Feed, and feel free to reach out to them directly if you have a suggestion.

Of course, we realize that intense engagement is not for everyone, and some find it draining to be “on” all the time. All our social engagement features are opt-in, and you are free to take part (or not) as you wish. The iConference also welcomes those who prefer to remain on the virtual sidelines as keen observers.

iConference 2022 will take place Feb. 28 – Mar. 4, and will include nearly 100 peer reviewed research presentations, as well numerous interactive events, workshops, and keynote addresses. Registration is now open, with discounted early rates available through Jan. 23; standard rates apply thereafter. Learn more about engagement and other conference amenities on our Conference Features page.



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