The IAC23 Co-Chairs and Their Priorities.
IAC23 planning is underway led by our 2023 Co-chairs:
- Jeff Pass, Curation Chair
- Carol Smith, Experience & Content Chair
- To-be-named, Marketing & Sponsorship
- Bill Guo, Student Chair
The Information Architecture conference (and Information Architecture Summit before it) has made significant contributions to the field of information architecture and many related fields and disciplines. It is one of the oldest annual gatherings in the technology industry and, over the past 24 years, has helped launch careers, establish thought leaders, and produce volumes of work, as well as voluminous works on the field.
As we move towards the quarter century mark gathering as a community, the IAC23 Co-chairs are committed to making our return to in-person a reminder of the importance and value of this community and its critical work.
Important note: We are excited about holding IAC23 in New Orleans, especially after having to shift IAC20 from NOLA to virtual. We are angered and deeply concerned by Louisiana’s denial of full reproductive healthcare to Louisiana residents. In response, the IA Conference will make a strategic donation to an organization that supports, promotes, and/or provides full reproductive services to Louisiana residents.
Get to know our IAC 2023 Co-chairs!
Jeff Pass has spent the past 23 years as a federal contractor working on dozens of high profile sites including COVID.gov, COVIDtests.gov, USPS.com, HealthCare.gov, CFTC.gov, and MyHealth.VA.gov.
Jeff served as the Diversity & Inclusion co-director for the inaugural IAC and has been an organizer/volunteer ever since. He got his start at the IA Summit in New Orleans in 2012, helped draft the original IA Summit code of conduct and has helped iteratively update it for IAC. He is excited for IA Conference to return to an in-person format.
Carol Smith is a senior research scientist in human-machine interaction at the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Software Engineering Institute in the AI Division, and an adjunct instructor for CMU’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute. She leads research and development focused on making responsible AI by improving interactions with the nation’s AI systems, robotics, and other emerging technologies.
Bill Guo is an undergraduate student from Shanghai (China) finishing his senior year at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), where he studies human-computer Interaction (HCI) and learns about the significant impact of artificial intelligence on the many aspects of people’s lives and society. He believes that with growing impact comes a greater need for advancing responsible technology and reliable IA that could lead us towards a more just and equitable world.
Bill currently leads the CMU User Experience Association (UXA), a student organization dedicated to supporting students’ interest in UX academically, socially, and professionally. He is excited to create an inclusive experience for students and everyone else at IAC23.