The synergy of people and disciplines in design challenges to have an impact

As we’ve all been facing changes in our lives for 2 years, we’d deeply like to get together and sense the synergy needed to face the design challenges we went through. 

Organisations are realising they aren’t self-sufficient and some of their anti-fragility depends on healthy internal and external relationships, on their ability to shape the best environment for collaboration.  

We want to explore how people work together through design challenges, underline the value of being together with participatory governance and activities. What about you? How do you adapt your methods when you work with teams and organisations? Information architects increasingly collaborate and co-create with other fields such as interaction design, visual design, engineering, political science, social sciences and with a wide variety of societal stakeholders. How do we engage with other fields and support new interdisciplinary ways of working? How do you facilitate the discussion between stakeholders and other disciplines to make such an impact ?

EuroIA invites contributions including, but not limited to, the following sub-themes:

Impact

Topics include the value, significance and dimensions of information architecture and how to increase, assess and measure them. How do you facilitate the discussion between stakeholders and people defining types of impact such as sustainability or economic impact?

Co-Creation

Information architects increasingly collaborate and co-create with other fields such as interaction design, visual design, engineering, political science, social sciences and with a wide variety of societal stakeholders. How do we engage with other fields and support new interdisciplinary ways of working?

Context and communities

How is information architecture situated among different cultures, diversity, ethics, sense of place and sense of space, and the habits of different design communities? Under which conditions does information architecture flourish? Topics of interest include roles, expertise, inclusion, participation and power distribution, the role of communities and public and private organizations, innovation management for information architects.

SUBMISSION DEADLINES

The deadlines for submission are:

 

For workshop submissions: Monday, June 20th at 11:59:59pm CET (GMT+2)

 

For talk submissions: Wednesday, June 22nd at 11:59:59pm CET (GMT+2)

 

Submit your proposal! 

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Have a talk or a workshop that fits the bill? Send us your proposal!

OUR KEY CRITERIA FOR SELECTION

Volunteers will evaluate submissions using the guidance outlined below. They will not have any information about the identity of the people who are submitting (blind review)

These criteria will help to ensure degrees of consistency. Our co-chairs will then work through the shortlist to build the programme.

We will prioritize submissions that are diverse, optimistic, practical, relevant to IA, unique and clear.

Selection Criteria

Diverse

We will prioritise a diverse programme beyond sex, gender, and colour. So it may not be obvious as we go deeper beneath the surface. We will seek different viewpoints, beyond the typical echo chamber. Across cultures, and thinking styles. And a mix of new voices amongst more experienced figures.

Optimistic

We are keen to ensure that messages are progressive, positive, and inspirational. Not overly-critical and negative.

Practical

We are keen for attendees to learn things that they can take into their work.

Relevant to IA

We are keen to promote practices of Information Architecture. These can relate to other fields of practice, if they are aligned with IA.

Unique

We are keen for unique perspectives. Your stories. Your experiences. Many attendees will have heard a range of generic talks about the hot methods before. Whether Lean UX, Agile, Jobs to be Done, they may have even heard it from someone who literally wrote the book. If you’re covering something popular, bring it to life by connecting to your perspective.

Clear

We will judge submissions based on how clearly they get across the messages of your talk or workshop. We know this can be hard, but it is important as attendees will be choosing between sessions.

SESSION FORMATS

Practical half-day workshops
3–4 hours of in-depth practical learning by doing. We will be emphasizing the importance of activity over presentation. Previous experience of similar or the same workshops will count in your favor. Workshop leaders will receive 1300 Euros, and a free ticket to the conference.

40–60 min Keynote Plenary sessions
The co-chairs will be leading the selection of Keynotes. We may choose a keynote from standard submissions. Keynote speakers will be paid a nominal fee to cover travel, accomodation and their loss of earnings.

30–40 min Depth talks
These talks will come from the community, and be peer reviewed by our volunteer reviewers. With a longer session, we would expect more color, examples and stories to reinforce several key messages and/or frameworks around a singular topic.

15–20 min Overview talks
These talks are designed to be upbeat, energetic, but concise overviews of a topic, tool, or case study with a limited number of key messages – usually 1–3.

Have a talk or a workshop that fits the bill? Send us your proposal!