iConference 2020 commenced on Monday, March 23. We are now two days into our program, and the feedback from participants has been overwhelmingly positive. The transformation to an all-virtual format is not only allowing this year’s conference to move forward, but also lets the organization explore virtual communications techniques on a scale that can help us better serve our worldwide membership in the future.
iConference 2020 has reached a total of 390 registered virtual participants. This figure is surprisingly close to our attendance projections for the original physical format. This remarkable attendance is a testament to the resilience of the information community and its support of the conference. The iSchools and conference co-hosts the University of Borås and Oslo Metropolitan University thank everyone for their participation.
iConference 2020 received 402 contributions during the submission phase that were then evaluated by a team of 451 peer reviewers; our sincere thanks go out to those reviewers for lending us their expertise. Our virtual program now includes 71 papers, 56 posters, 7 sessions for interaction and engagement, 3 workshops and 2 keynotes, as well as 5 special presentations to come next week. That amounts to 144 individual presentations in total.
Most remarkably, arrangements to provide all 144 presentations in an entirely virtual format were made in a span of less than two weeks.
The list of individuals and schools who assisted with this transition is long. The iSchools organization is grateful to all the 2020 track chairs and organizers for their hard work, throughout the year and into the final transformative push. We also salute the presenters who willingly transitioned their talks into a virtual format at the eleventh hour—this especially applies to the Colloquia and Symposium Chairs, as well as Workshop and SIE organizers, who had to significantly overhaul their entire program formats in just a few days. We also thank the Zoom hosts, IT staff and Zoom experts from the University of Borås and OsloMet who embraced the technical challenge of transforming the conference.
Many iSchools also stepped up to assist. The list includes iSchools at Sungkyunkwan University, the University of Michigan, the University of Maryland, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Porto, Wuhan University, and Universiti Tekologi MARA.
Last but not least, we are grateful to the 390 participants who are currently showing their faith in the iConference through their virtual attendance and wholehearted participation.
The bulk of the iConference 2020 program will run through Friday, March 27, with an additional series of Special Presentations to come in the following week.