As part of the ongoing transformation of iConference 2020 into an all-virtual format, the organizers have now released their Virtual Program Schedule. iConference 2020 will commence this coming Monday, March 23, and now runs through Friday, March 27.
iConference 2020 was originally slated to take place in Borås, Sweden. But a little over a week ago, when public gatherings were discouraged (and later banned) due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, the organizers announced their intent of quickly converting the conference to an all-virtual format. The release of the revised Virtual Program Schedule is a key step in that transformation.
Conference participants will notice that sessions in the new schedule are now consecutive rather than concurrent. Faced with the challenge of scheduling for global attendance, the organizers strove to put presentations at relatively convenient times for presenters, to the extent this was possible. The consecutive sessions format also allows each participant to access to more sessions in total, should they wish, because there are fewer conflicts. Participants are further advised that although the organizers regard this schedule as essentially final, it remains subject to change.
All times listed in the Virtual Program Schedule are CET (Central European Time), and virtual participants will need to factor for the time difference at their physical location. The current time CET is indicated in a running clock at the top of the schedule.
In a related move, the organizers have also released the iConference 2020 app for mobile devices. This app is made available through a partnership with Conference4me. The app includes an interactive program schedule and other useful features such as Chat, which can enable participants to interact with presenters in real time during sessions. The Conference4me app for iConference 2020 is available from leading app vendors and also directly from Conference4me.
iConference 2020 will take place March 23 – 26 via Zoom. The conference theme is Sustainable Digital Communities. Virtual registrations remain available for purchase on the conference Registration page.
iConference is a presentation of the iSchools and is organized by the University of Borås: Swedish School of Library and Information Science, and Oslo Metropolitan University: Department of Archivistics, Library and Information Science. Sponsors include the City of Borås, Monash University, and Springer.