Backstage Blog - 2020 -
2020 will be a big year for The IA Conference and we’d love to see you there.
Over the last 6 weeks we’ve received lots of submissions to present and share ideas at the conference. But we’re extending the call for submissions a little longer, until MIDNIGHT EST on 10/21. We’d love to attract even more voices to our event and so there are a few other reasons for the extension.
Introducing lightning talks
We really want to encourage new voices, so we’ve added a new session type that might appeal to less experienced speakers. Our 7-minute lightning talks will give anyone the chance to step onto one of our main stages and share early ideas, hunches or quick provocations. We hope this will help our mission to open opportunities for all. As a quick reminder – for those who don’t want to contribute via the stage, our Poster night offers an even more intimate setting in which to share ideas.
As we’re adding a new format, we’ve extended submissions for all types of session. That means if you’ve submitted for a longer talk but would like to switch, you still can… in fact, you can submit any format of session and edit submissions until the deadline on 10/21.
Related fields and new voices
Our theme this year is ‘making sense’. Our conference is focused on information architecture – but to make sense of our world sometimes requires fresh ideas and perspectives. So if you were worried your talk took an unusual approach to the theme or if you have a colleague or contact from outside the field who might be able to inform or inspire – please take this opportunity to submit.
Helping you make sense
We also pride ourselves on giving first-time speakers opportunities. The IAC has always invested time and support in new voices. If you feel like you have the beginnings of an idea but feel like you can’t explain or express it via the submission form, please reach out to one of the co-chairs. You can find us on Twitter @danramsden, @nwhysel and @sandblasta. We can either help you directly or put you in touch with someone who can.
We know that there are barriers out there that sometimes keep the best ideas from being shared. And we know that the submission process can be daunting. But whether you’re an established voice or someone who has never spoken at a conference before, we would love to hear your ideas and we’ll try to find a space for you to share at IAC20 in New Orleans.
Participate in IAC – Submit now!