Design professionals aren’t one-dimensional beings. We’re well-rounded individuals, with loads of disparate interests. The IA Conference honors this fact with mixers and activities aimed at the more creative, social side of our attendees. And, to be honest, what better way is there to network than to just cut loose and have fun with 600 of your new best friends in a low-stress, low-pressure atmosphere?
If you’ve never been to the IAC before, we’ll make it easy to make new friends and meet old timers who can show you the ropes. If you want to have your resume reviewed or get in a mentoring session from your peers, we’ve got that covered, too. You can also break a sweat or shake a leg with a fellow attendee, before or after the main conference program.
IA Conference is renowned for opening its arms to first-timers. Whether you’re an information architect, content strategist, UX designer, or any of the myriad other job titles that make up this large community, you can attend an orientation session before the welcome reception. Special first-timers dinners, where you can meet fellow first-timers and experienced IAC attendees, are offered as well.
We’ll have a dedicated Career Center throughout the conference. We’ll also have the following peer activities:
Meet with your peers and an established practitioner for advice and support.
Lunch Topic Tables (every day at lunch!)
Lunch every day will feature tables with signs marked by topic. Grab a plate, have a seat, and start chatting about something that interests you!
Morning Coffee and Afternoon Tea
We all need some time to ruminate on what we’ve just heard. Morning coffees and afternoon tea breaks to the rescue!
1-on-1 Career Advice at the Career Center
You can chat privately with an actual UX hiring manager or director to get some career advice, or ask for some feedback on your portfolio or résumé.
Poster Night (Friday night)
Experience new ideas, methods, and research findings at Poster Night with practitioners and academics.
Acoustic Jam, with instrument rental (Friday night)
Enjoy the hidden musical talents of some of our own. Bring your acoustic instrument of choice to Orlando, use one of our rental instruments, or just sing along! Want to lead a song or two? Be prepared to teach others chords and lyrics. Don’t worry if you haven’t tried something like this before—everyone’s welcome, including non-musicians. We’re all in this together!
Polar Bear Activities with Polar Bear Authors
Participate in energizing morning activities on Saturday, hosted by authors of the Polar Bear book: Information Architecture: For the Web and Beyond.
Polar Bear Fun Run (Saturday morning)
Hosted by Peter Morville and Lou Rosenfeld, start your Saturday off right by raising your heart rate with friends and colleagues. Participate in a 5K or 10k morning run through Orlando with IA community leaders. The run will start from the hotel main lobby and will be held come rain or shine.
Polar Bear Yoga (Saturday and Sunday morning)
Hosted by Jorge Arango, you are welcome to join us for early morning yoga sessions designed to focus your mind and spirit. The sessions will be led by a local certified yoga instructor. Participants will receive complimentary yoga mats, and a light breakfast will be served.
Karaoke With ‘Keyboard Man’ Kevin Hoffman (Saturday night)
With this crowd, your karaoke song is a 100% guarantee of success. The only barrier between curious audience member and adored stage performer is you. Hosted by our very own Kevin Hoffman!
Game Night Social
This year, Game Night is hosted by Karl Fast. Bring out your inner gamer with board and card play. Perfect for the introverts, or for taking a short (or long) break from karaoke.
5-Minute Madness (Sunday afternoon)
An informal sharing time of awesomeness. After the last keynote and conference closing on Sunday, anyone is welcome to come on stage to share anything they like. It’s an amazing time where you can feel the IAC community togetherness. People share what the conference means to them, tell stories stories, do interpretive dance, explain ways to get more involved with the IA community – you name it, it’s shared during 5-minute madness. Not to be missed!