Each year, the Academics & Practitioners Roundtable (the IA Roundtable), brings together information architects (and professionals from adjacent and complementary fields) from around the world to discuss the transformation of information architecture beyond its original context of web sites.
Each year, the IA Roundtable has a theme, often building on previous themes. In 2020 we focused on values IN information architecture (the values that drive and guide our profession) and now for 2021 we focus on the value OF information architecture (value to society, present and future, and to the discipline, as well as to practitioners, clients, and customers/users).
A critical component of the IA Roundtable are make-a-thons in which attendees work together to capture the themes, concepts, discussions, determinations, and other outputs of each Roundtable. Sometimes these artifacts take the form of traditional posters. Other times, statements, board games, templates or canvases, or even books.
Whatever the output of the 2021 IA Roundtable, we commit to capturing it in a digital format consistent with the requirements for the IAC Poster Night, then sharing it out with the larger community during the Poster Night, allowing for additional insights and inputs from Poster Night attendees, expanding both the reach of the Roundtable, and the community that makes it up.