We’d like to thank everyone who participated in MW’s landmark 20th anniversary conference in LA April 6-9! MWXX was our biggest gathering ever with almost 800 attendees from 32 countries, representing 467 institutions. It was great to see so many old friends as well as lots of new faces: about half of the participants were joining the MW community for the first time. It took more than 172 gallons of coffee and an undisclosed number of other adult beverages to see us through the 90+ sessions in the MWXX program, not to mention all the events, museum visits, crowd-curated bar talks and karaoke! It was impossible to squeeze all the best stuff into each day as the program committee had 334 proposals to choose from; the most competitive categories were Professional Forums with a 28% acceptance rate, followed by How To sessions at 30% and Lightning Talks, of which only 1/3 were accepted. Thank you to all the authors, presenters, and keynote speakers, as well as the indefatigable Program, GLAMi, and Local Committees: you provide the life-blood of the conference and the community’s conversations.
We are also grateful to the volunteers, sponsors, partners, exhibitors and LA hosts who made the event possible. Many participants have continued to contribute to the conversation by posting slides, Storifys, and reflections on #MWXX as well; we’ve gathered as many links below as we are aware of, but please add to the list.
We’re also keen to have your input into our new non-profit initiative: MuseWeb. The MuseWeb Foundation will support transformative projects, capacity-building, and sustainable innovation for galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAMs). In addition to the annual MW conference and publications, MuseWeb’s expanded scope of work will include new ways of collaborating with the community of museum technology professionals, developing shared platforms, facilitating corporate partnerships, and providing grants for innovative GLAM projects.
Our core question is:
How might we best support the GLAM sector as a space for the inspiration, curation and creation of culture, by, with, and for people?
We welcome your ideas, questions and challenges as we continue to develop and refine the project. Feel free to send suggestions by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
All the Periscopes recordings can be found here.
Blog posts and Storifys
Know of more round-ups and responses to #MWXX? Please share links in the comments below!