What should I talk about? What type of content should I include?

Some ideas to consider include case studies, best practices, practical advice on getting things done when working in difficult environments, 5-minute flash talks on the solution you found for a particular problem, or almost anything that you can think of that might help another UW-Madison IT Professional to be successful.  What might not seem “newsworthy” to you just might be the breakthrough someone else needs!

Look back at the most recent work you’ve done. What went well? What didn’t go so well? What would you do differently next time? What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

Why is the conference virtual this year?

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many places to limit how many people can gather in one place at one time.  However, it cannot limit our desire to share ideas and learn from one another.  The various planning committees for the 2020 conference decided to make good use of the technological tools at our disposal to continue to hold the conference, but just in a different form.  This allows us to still learn from each other while complying with the “social distancing” requirements in our communities.

If the conference is virtual, how do I attend?

The first step is to register for the conference.  This lets your attendance become part of your OHR transcript.  It also gives the conference committees an idea of how many people are interested in the conference, which can help with planning future conferences.

Next, check back with this website.  Our plan is to have links to the various live and prerecorded sessions as part of the list of presentations.  We are still finalizing certain things, and those presentations and their links should be available by June 4.

What if I want to watch a live session (or a prerecorded one) but cannot attend on June 4 or 5?

This will largely depend on the speakers and whether or not they agreed to record their (live) presentations or have them available after the conference.  Any material that is available after the conference would be posted to this conference web site.

How can I get my registration paid for by my department?

There is no need to do this in 2020.  The 2020 conference is FREE!  By switching to a virtual conference, we have saved money on things such as venue, food, and so on.  We passed the savings on to you!

Where can I find more info?

Conference Slack (open to anyone with @wisc address):