Plenary Session          A Plenary Session (or plenary) is the part of the conference that everyone attends may include a broad range of content, from keynotes to panel discussions. 500-800 attendees.
Paper Session  A 1.5 hour Paper session consists of 3 papers. Each paper presentation spends about 20 minutes. At the end of the three session, Q&A will be moderated by the chair.

A written paper (up to 5,000 words) is required. All formal papers are published on the MW site, and selected papers are published in the printed proceedings of the conference.

Formal papers should go beyond demonstrating a single project (“demonstrations” are the correct proposal type for single project presentations) and aim at distilling critical learnings that will be broadly applicable in the field (i.e. beyond the organization of origin).

To avoid taking on an ‘advertorial’ or promotional tone, panels should include museum professionals or representatives of a cultural non-profit if the lead proposers are commercial partners.

Professional Forum  One-hour discussion or debate about timely and critical topics of interest to the museum community.

No written paper is required.

How-to Session One-hour to teach a practical skill or best practices for a museum topic.

A written version of your session (required, up to 2,500 words) will be published on the MW site to serve as an on-going reference both for attendees of your session and others.

Lightning Talk Lightning Talk is offered in a 1.5 hour session that includes 10 lightning talks of 7 minutes each.

Presenters are invited to blog about their topics (up to 1,000 words) on the MW site.

No written paper is required.

Demo Demonstrate your project and explain the designs and the decisions that went into it to colleagues.

Generally, an hour demo is hosted at the Expo Hall with drink and food at casual setting.

At MW23, 30 minutes are provided to the each demo during the coffee break.

Demonstrations are only open to museum professionals and projects created in a non-profit environment. (Commercial organizations are invited to demonstrate their products and projects in Exhibitor Hall as an exhibitor or Sponsor Briefing.)

No written paper is required.

Birds of a Feather Submit a topic and lead the discussion. Topics are proposed by participants before the conference and community convener assigns the round table for topic.

Community convener may assign the modulator for the table.

Generally, Birds of a Feather is offered during the two hour breakfast at the conference.

At MW21, this round table will be offered via Zoom and Zoom breakout.

Some topics may be able to carry on to the other date which will be set up by the community convener during the month of April.

Crit Room Panels of leaders in the museum field will provide a free assessment of your web, app, podcast, or mobile project for accessibility and other best practices.

Submit your project before the conference for a critique on a first-come, first served basis (approximately four projects can be assessed in each 1.5 hour crit session).

Workshop Share your expertise by leading a half-day or full-day pre-conference workshop

Workshops are held the day before the conference begins and workshop leaders are compensated for their teaching.

No written paper is required. 3 hours workshop with a small group 20-25 participants.

Workshop teacher will receive $750 credit once 20 participants sign up.

Private sector (consultant, exhibitor, sponsor) is welcome to host a workshop on the specific topic.

Community of Practice Communities of Practice include suppliers of innovative products and services as well as cultural heritage professionals. Through focused conversations, shared research and pan-institutional collaborations, communities of practice aim to formulate, promulgate, and raise best practice in the field.

Sponsor and/or participate in a Community of Practice meeting around a question, challenge, or platform of common interest in the field.

MWX Propose art, exhibits and interactive experiences as well as written papers and presentations offering artists’ perspectives on creating experiences in museums and cultural encounters.

Full papers (required, up to 5,000 words) will be peer-reviewed and considered for publication in the digital and printed proceedings of the conference. Sept 30 is the deadline for formal papers and sessions; Dec 31 for demonstrations of digital experiences emerging from or inspiring contemporary art practice.

Tour Propose a tour of your community or institution. This is not a general museum guided tour. The tour will need to include the behind the scene component which are relevant to the field.

Generally a tour is for small group, for half a day or full day, and MW may charge attendees for the tour to cover the expenses for the bus, and food and drinks.

Virtual Tour New category – propose a virtual tour of your community or institution virtually. MW will work with you to scan your project and present.
Other Performances? Social get together? Hack-a-thons? Maker Faires? Other interactions or services?

Propose any other format of participation + explain how it works. We’re open to new ideas.  Please submit your idea and select “other” under the category.


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