Note: Just like the rest of IAC20, Poster Night is going digital, and will be held this year on Wednesday, April 22 from 5:00 – 6:30 pm EDT. Technical details will be finalized soon, and this page will be updated. The text below references plans for the original in-person conference.
Poster Night is a fun and rewarding experience for first-time presenters and experienced practitioners alike.
Posters are a low barrier-to-entry way to present your work and ideas at a major international conference.
You’ll get to know the community and share your insights with people who are interested in your topic, all while in a relaxed and engaging setting.
Submit your poster concept before February 16, 2020. If your poster is accepted, we’ll send you a how-to packet on preparing your poster and presentation.
Frequently Asked Questions
When is Poster Night? What do I do as a presenter?
On Poster Night you’ll present your poster on site at the IAC in New Orleans, LA on Friday April 17th from 6 to 8 PM. You’ll stand and present to anyone who passes by your space and shows interest.
Am I eligible for a conference discount?
If you present a poster, we’ll give you a discount code for conference registration.
How complete does my poster need to be before I submit a proposal?
You don’t need a finished poster to submit. All you need is a concept. If your idea is accepted, you’ll need to send a draft of your poster for review by April 1.
I’ve never presented a poster before. How should I prepare?
If your poster is accepted, we’ll send you a how-to packet on preparing your poster and presentation.
What is the format for poster presentations? How big can my poster be?
Each presenter gets an exhibit space in the presentation hall. Posters should be between 2’x3’ and 3’x4’. There will also be room in front of the poster for a table or other furniture if you need it.
Exhibits should include a graphic poster describing an idea, technique, case study, or research. But you could also use your exhibit to showcase a 3D model, engage interactively with attendees, host a puppet show, or lead interpretive dances about information architecture. Your imagination and the space are about the only limits.
What if I need a power outlet or furniture?
If your presentation requires access to a power outlet or a table, chair, or stools, let us know in the submittal form. We’ll factor in furniture and wall power requirements when we map the exhibit space.
What if I need other technology?
If you’re planning to do demos, use a robot, or display other tech, you are responsible for bringing all technology and materials with you — monitors, projectors, laptops, extension cords, arts and crafts materials, all of it.
What if I need a chair or have other accessibility needs?
Please let us know in the submittal form. We are more than happy to accommodate your request.
When do I set up my poster?
Presenters must hang their own work on Friday April 17. This will involve skipping part of the coffee/tea break before the evening keynote.
Will I be listed on the website?
Yes! A list of all poster presenters will be on the website, so you can announce your participation on all your social channels. We also archive all the posters.
How long is Poster Night?
Poster Night runs from 6:00-8:00 PM. Please plan to stay the whole time. There are usually two waves of viewers: the before-dinner crowd and the-returning-from-dinner crowd. Since you’ll be in front of your poster for the night, plan to ask someone to bring you food and drinks. Bathroom breaks are welcome!
What else do I need to know?
Presenters and all attendees are expected to adhere to the conference Code of Conduct.