Access to all conference activities from Thursday to Saturday: talks, career center, social events. It also includes lunch, and morning and afternoon coffee breaks during those days.
Registration will open as soon as we have scheduled the program of workshops. The best place to find announcements is on this site or via Twitter.
We can help you get a visa to travel to the USA for the conference. Fill out the visa invitation request form and we'll send you a letter of invitation.
We are not able to offer group rates for flights or lodging. However, we are able to offer group rates for the conference registration: if you buy five registrations, the sixth is free.
We currently don’t offer daily rates. Our conference ticket covers three days of conference, so if you decide to attend only 1 day, you wouldn’t be getting the full value for it.
It’s my first time at IAC
Everyone was a first-timer once. We’ve formalized ways to help newcomers get acquainted because we know it can be scary facing hundreds of people you don’t know. The IAC is a community event. You are part of that community whether you are attending for the first time or you’ve been coming for over a decade. Welcome to the family! Every year there are impromptu lunch and dinner groups that form (usually in the hotel lobby and halls). And each conference location brings unique goings on: from museum and architecture trips, to pub crawls, to live music events, to pinball arcades. These things happen organically when folks realize they have a common interest and they make it happen. It’s usually fine to tag along if a group is forming — just ask! Or send out a call on Twitter or Slack (more below) and start your own group! Most of the “official” social events listed in the program are there because a few people, in years past, decided to do a fun thing which attracted interest, and it stuck. You don’t have to be an extrovert to join in, and it’s surprisingly easy to connect with folks and make new friendships. One of the things that brings regular attendees back is the friendly, welcoming environment full of interesting and interested people. Check out some fun highlights of what's on the schedule:
- First-Timers Orientation — A short primer on how to get the most out of the conference
- Opening Reception — Meet, greet, and settle in
- First-Timers Dinners — Small, hosted groups go to local restaurants. Advanced sign-up required! (Details will be emailed to attendees.)
- IA Slam — A fun group project/workshop where facilitators role play, attendees improvise, and everyone solves a mysterious IA issue.
- Happy Hour & Poster Night — IA “science fair” for academics & practitioners with drinks and food
- Acoustic Jam — Bring an instrument or just yourself and be part of the IA band
- Polar Bear Run — 5k run, hosted by Peter Morville, and 10k run hosted by Lou Rosenfeld
- Polar Bear Yoga—Morning yoga sessions, to help your mind and body relax and focus, hosted by Jorge Arango
- Game Night — Board games, card games, strategy games, party games, all the games!
- Karaoke — The most fun you never thought you could have getting up and signing in front of a crowd! Hosted by one of our own, Kevin Hoffman, aka "Keyboard Man."
- Closing day, 5-min madness
Since one of the highlights of the conference is the opportunity to meet people who have similar interests, we’ve asked speakers, workshop presenters, and other regular community members to host dinners at various local restaurants. Each group includes fewer than 10 new attendees to keep the groups small. Advance sign up is required. (Attendees will get an email with details.) Hosts and attendees will meet after the opening reception and head to their respective restaurants in groups.
Some things to keep in mind about the dinners:
- It’s not a job interview or a place to promote your company/business, but it is a good place to talk about interesting projects or even get advice (of a general nature).
- While side discussions happen, we encourage you to include everyone.
- Hosts are well connected in the IAC community and beyond, so if they suggest you meet a particular attendee to discuss a mutual interest, do it! Ask to be introduced!
- Think about your origin story. How did you end up at the IA Conference? How does your background inform your work? What do you like and want to do? These things are likely to come up, and you may be surprised to find how multidisciplinary we all are.
First, there’s no “right” way to experience the IAC. Everyone gets different things out of it, based on where they are in their own lives, careers, and so on. You may be attending for one reason and then find that the biggest benefit was totally unexpected — and that’s great!
Here are a few tips that we’ve found useful over the years:
- Don’t get hung up on job titles . Most of us are interested in what we’re doing far more than what we happen to be called.
- Pace yourself! It’s OK to retreat to your room if you need some downtime.
- Stay hydrated! It can be easy to forget to drink water throughout the day. Don’t worry, there are water fountains all around the conference venue.
- Stay at the conference hotel if you can. (Sharing a room can be much cheaper.)
- Leave on Monday morning, if possible. Missing the closing plenary due to an early flight is unfortunate, especially when it’s often one of the best presentations, and provides a nice end to the conference discussions.
- Thank your hosts and anyone wearing a “staff” pin. The IAC is run by tireless and sleep-deprived volunteers.
Casual to business casual. Dress so you will feel comfortable and confident. Some attendees will be wearing sweatshirts while others will be in dressier attire. No one will be in a suit.
No. There are so many great sessions to attend, and also great conversations to be had in the hallways - choose what makes the most sense for you and don’t stress about what you might be missing.
General Conference Concerns
Although folks come and go, many of our regular attendees have been coming back for 10 years or more. There are many reasons why people keep coming back. Some of us need to be reminded why we like to do this stuff. It’s re-energized to spent an extended weekend with a bunch of fascinating people discussing interesting things! Some of us come back for research and information gathering, so we can discover and bring back new ideas and tools to our teams at home. Some of us realize we may have something to share, and are amazed when our proposal is accepted, and then well received. It’s an opportunity to learn and grow personally, alongside a supportive community that learns and grows. It’s also a great place to see old friends and make new ones. It’s fun like a vacation, but a physically and mentally exhausting one that is brain-filling and satisfying. Everyone was a first timer once, and we’re excited to have you participate!
The IAC is organized entirely by volunteers and backed by the Information Architecture Institute.
The full program will be published at some point in 2019, so make sure to check back for full details.
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!
We have a career center space where you’ll be able to get your portfolio reviewed, post or check the job board, and the space also allows for interviews.
We currently don’t provide certificates for attending the conference, but we do provide certificates for the pre-conference workshops. If you require a certificate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
While printed information is available on attendee lanyards and on the website, these only cover the planned social events. Twitter and Slack are the public digital lifeblood of the IAC.
- You don’t have to be an active participant on Twitter or Slack, but they're the best ways to find out about impromptu lunch/dinner groups and goings on. They're also outlets for commentary on the conference, as well as snark and humor.
- On Slack, you can sign up and join the conversation
- On Twitter, follow #IAC19 and @theiaconf, follow speakers or presenters you’d like to meet, follow your First-Timer Dinner hosts and anyone they recommend.
- Be respectful, but don’t be afraid to ask if you can join a group that’s forming, or to get more details about that awesome restaurant someone just mentioned.
- It doesn’t hurt to send praise to the organizers and reasonable suggestions or complaints. The IAC listens.