The first step to becoming a speaker at IAC21 is to write a proposal. This is a short description of what you are planning on speaking about. We have several session lengths to choose from. Our committee will then choose the most compelling proposals and invite those people to speak. We encourage all to submit a proposal and we want to hear from diverse members of the community.
- Checklist for preparing your submission
- Understanding session types
- What happens to your proposal after you submit it?
What we look for
Information architecture has evolved, in practice, throughout the ages. Some of those changes in the evolution of information architecture sparked debates, such as
- What is the right job title for what we do?
- Is UX really IA? Is IA really UX?
And now, more than ever, we stand on another threshold. Digital design has been evolving so fast that our collective skillset is critical to the success of emerging technologies.
So let’s think together. Below is a list of topics that we seek to stimulate insight and discussion for IAC21:
- Approaches for modeling large-scale information environments
- Connecting information architecture with strategy and design
- Ethics and social responsibility in the practice of information architecture, experience strategy, and design
- Bridging academia research and real-world practice
- IA in the enterprise
According to our theme, we want emergence to be at the heart of every conversation. What does emergence mean to you? How do you incorporate that into your thinking and your work?
These are topics we anticipate, but we’re also looking for the unexpected. We’re looking for new voices and new ideas. We’re looking for a mix of hands-on, practical, “you can bring it back to work next week” sessions together with thought-provoking theory-driven talks.
Resources for writing a great proposal
- Pardi, Lis. “It’s All About the Details: What the Conference Taught Me About Submitting to a Conference.” IAC Blog, October 11, 2014. https://www.theiaconference.com/details-ia-summit-taught-submitting-conference/.
- Colborne, Giles. “Giles on Crafting a Proposal.” IAC Blog, October 18, 2012. https://www.theiaconference.com/giles-crafting-proposal/.
- Unger, Russ. “Conference Proposals That Don’t Suck.” A List Apart (blog), December 16, 2014. https://alistapart.com/article/conference-proposals-that-dont-suck/.
- UX Australia. “How to Write a Kick-Ass Conference Proposal,” May 27, 2011. http://www.uxaustralia.com.au/news/how-to-write-a-kick-ass-conference-proposal.
- Mei, Sarah. “What Your Conference Proposal Is Missing.” Sarah Mei, April 7, 2014. http://www.sarahmei.com/blog/2014/04/07/what-your-conference-proposal-is-missing/.
- We Are All Awesome! “How to Write a Compelling Proposal.” Accessed September 4, 2020. http://weareallaweso.me/for_speakers/how-to-write-a-compelling-proposal.html.