Day 1 of AoIR Conference 8, Let’s Play

As usual, I’m late in my advertising my attendance and participation (as a meagre volunteer-cum-volunteer coordinator) at the Association of Internet Researchers‘ 8th Annual Conference, on the theme Let’s Play. My supervisor Richard Smith is organizing the conference, and I’ve been helping him with it all week. Today is great because I’ve put myself on a volunteer-time moratorium, and have decided to skip my afternoon class to get more time to see papers and network.

I’ll be liveblogging through my Twitter – because, though this is a “tech conference” where the wireless instructions are clipped to your name badge, there seems to be no (publicly announced) Skype backchannel. I’m sure they exist, but academic conferences, despite their critical nature, are totally events of Hierarchy and Cool Kids’ clubs and secret handshakes. As an undergrad, I do my best.

I already say Phillip Jeffrey at lunch. I skimmed Scott Berkun‘s tips on conference attendance and am doing my best to move around, have backups and talk to people whose papers look interesting even if I can’t attend their presentations.

More to come from the conference when I’m not being rude blogging during a session!

4 Comments

  1. “but academic conferences, despite their critical nature, are totally events of Hierarchy and Cool Kids’ clubs and secret handshakes. As an undergrad, I do my best.”

    :) In a way you’re probably right, but then I’d say the aoir-crowd is still very accessible compared to other conferences. just approach any of the other participants and ask them what they are doing, and you will get into interesting conversations really fast.

    Posted October 19, 2007 at 12:30 am | Permalink
  2. Karen

    I’ve had fairly good luck here so far – most people know me from when they were registering, so I’m not nearly as timid about this as I could be. A couple of recent positive conference experiences has also helped a lot – I just try to imagine/feel that everyone here at AoIR is as willing to talk about themselves as anyone else.

    In other news, this may be the first time someone I’m planning on citing in a paper has commented in my blog as (I’m assuming) a non-regular reader. Welcome ;)

    Posted October 19, 2007 at 1:46 pm | Permalink
  3. Thanks :) – I’m indeed no regular reader but came here through technorati.
    I’ll keep my eyes open to spot you around here – if you spot me first (or see me tomorrow morning 8.30 at the sns panel), just approach me and we can talk about your paper! :)

    Posted October 19, 2007 at 3:21 pm | Permalink
  4. You achieved notoriety with the “secret handshakes” comment – the president of the association read it and felt chagrined! He laughed about it later, and he then accused Florence of having written it, so it seems to me you’ve already made a big impact on AoIR. The future awaits.

    Posted October 21, 2007 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

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