WIAD21 as a digital-first event allows new opportunities for international collaboration. However, this should not compromise the local character of the single events or create competition between them. We have elaborated a model that we think takes both requirements into account.
On the international level, it includes regional roundtable discussions and a content repository that includes a global keynote.
On the local level, the events remain independent and free to cater to their communities in the way they consider is best.
Regional roundtable and pre-events leading up to Saturday
Facilitated roundtable discussions on the topic: “Value of IA” -- in collaboration with the IA Roundtable theme for the year. We are planning 3 events at designated times favorable for the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific on different days (Wednesday-Friday).
Main local events on or around Saturday, February 27
Locations will organize their event for their own community. There will be at least one pre-recorded talk made available to all,, including translations. This is Cassini Nazir’s global keynote on curiosity. Also, there will be a live Q&A with Cassini at 10 am and 5 pm EST.
The global board is currently evaluating tools for broadcasting the events and striving to get a global licence to minimize the burden of local organizers.
Weeks or months later -- The global team may opt to host a global event to feature “best of” talks and sessions from local events. This can be decided at a later time.
How might this look like in your location? Here are some suggestions, none of which is required.
host your event on the event platform
use your own ticketing system to manage payment and attendee registration
invite your attendees to participate in one of the pre-events
put together your own program with local and/or international speakers in the language(s) of your choice
include a recording of the global keynote in your program
have a local discussion of the global keynote and/or participate in one of the global Q&As of the keynote
play past year content that is relevant to curiosity
pre-record one or more talks in your program and make them available to other locations in advance via the global repository
If you want to start small, you could invite one local speaker, play the global keynote, organize a discussion on it and/or participate in the global Q&A of the keynote.
If you are preparing a full-fledged conference program, we would appreciate your pre-recording at least one talk and making it available to the global community in advance.