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This year’s theme, “Think Big, Start Small, Create,” captures the motivation and collaborative spirit of our community and the institutions we represent. Cultural heritage organizations are embracing transformative change like never before and striving toward ambitious goals through small wins, iteration, and working more collaboratively with each other and with visitors. Share how you are thinking big, starting small, and co-creating at MCN 2014!

Q: When will calls for proposals be accepted?
A: Calls for proposals for MCN 2014 should be announced on our website the week of April 1, 2014. 
Q: What kinds of presentations and interactions can I propose?
A: MCN conference presentation formats include:
  • 5-Minute Ignite Talk: Ignite presentations are given during the Wednesday night opening conference reception. Ignite talks are fast-paced, energizing talks (5 minutes, with 20 slides auto-advancing every 15 seconds) that illustrate a single concept or idea. Speakers whose proposals are accepted for Ignite must agree to be present for a Wednesday afternoon rehearsal as well as the opening night reception. Choose this type if you have a big idea that you’d like to present in a quick and engaging way.
  • 10-Minute Case Study: Case studies are demonstrations of specific projects (whether complete or in-progress). Presenters will have 10 minutes to give an overview of the project, and then will have an opportunity to meet with other attendees for deep-dive discussions. Choose this type if you would like to demonstrate a specific unique project you’re working on.
  • 30-Minute Presentation: 30-minute presentations are deep explorations into specific concepts, often illustrated with examples and case studies from the field. The presentations are typically 20 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes for audience questions. 30-minute presentations will usually be thematically grouped together with one or more other presentations to create 90-minute sessions. Choose this option if you have a specific concept you would like to explore in depth.
  • 90-Minute Panel: The 90-minute panel allows you to take on the responsibility of building a full panel in a format of your and your collaborator's choosing. Having collaborators secured at the time of submission will increase the chances of the panel being selected. Choose this option if you would like the maximum flexibility to choose your collaborators and formats.
  • Half-Day and Full-Day Workshops: Workshops are offered as part of the pre-conference program during the day on Wednesday, November 19. Attendees must register and pay for workshops separately from general conference registration. Workshops must provide hands-on learning for participants and should not be focused on a single vendor tool. If your proposal is accepted, your workshop must meet minimum enrollment requirements before being added to the program.
Q: What are the submission guidelines?
A: The abstract should describe your proposal in detail. For all presentation types, include two to three paragraphs of description. For these specific proposal types, also include:
  • Case Studies: Also include the name of the project or product you are presenting, and the names of institutions (if any) involved in the project.
  • 90-Minute Panels: Also include a description of your proposed format (i.e. round-table discussion, multi-presenter panel, Q&A, etc.).
  • Half-Day and Full-Day Workshops: Also include a description of materials you will provide to attendees (as well as any materials the attendees will be required to bring), and a list of the goals of the workshop.
NOTE: Priority will be given to submissions with all necessary fields complete. Submissions with unspecified presenters will not be considered.
Q: Are there themes to choose from?
A: Yes. Presenters should choose up to three proposal themes. Choose at least one, and as many as three, themes among the following that best describe your proposal. Doing so will ensure that your proposal, if accepted, is appropriately grouped with other presentations.
  • Digital Asset Management
  • Leadership/Management
  • Software/Programming Language
  • Collections Management
  • Curatorial/Scientist/Historian
  • Evaluation
  • Education
  • Conservation
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Big Thinking
  • Social Media
  • Mobile
  • Web
  • Data
  • Maker Culture/Hacking
  • 3D Printing
  • Augmented Reality
  • Publishing
  • Open Data/Open Authority
  • Wikipedia/Wikimedia
  • Project Management
  • NA/Other
Q: What basic AV equipment is provided to presenters?
A: Each session room is equipped with a projector, a screen, a microphone, and speakers. Plenary sessions are supplied with microphones as standard as well. Presenters are expected to supply their own computers as well as cables and connectors, though MCN will do its best to support you during the conference. 
Other reminders to presenters:
  • All presenters should provide contact information for your co-presenters. If your proposal includes multiple presenters, please add their contact information. Multi-participant proposals with confirmed co-presenters will be more strongly considered than proposals with tentative or unconfirmed participants.
  • All presenters will be required to register for the conference and pay the conference registration fees
  • All presenters must agree to the terms and conditions before submitting a proposal.
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CONTACT: Morgan Holzer and Ed Rodley, Program Co-Chairs: