University of Maryland

[CFP] The Ignite Workshop 2018 (Aug 1-3)

July 19th, 2018 by

Ignite Connecting Technologies & Communities: Understanding and Facilitating Community-Based Technology Innovation

August 1-3, 2018 | College Park, Maryland

Smart and connected communities hold the promise of improved safety, health, sustainability, and economic development. Realizing this promise depends upon investment in smart and connected community infrastructures, but no matter how much is spent on technical infrastructures the benefits ultimately depend on local innovation. While we have created high-capacity network infrastructures, open data resources, and civic application development platforms, much of what technologists know about facilitating community-based innovation has arisen from practice-based learning rather than building on the work of researchers who study the factors, structures, and processes that underlie community-based innovation.

The NSF-funded Ignite Connecting Technologies & Communities (ICTC) workshop bridges these two communities to identify what is known, what has been done, and what additional work is needed to strengthen our ability to explain, facilitate, and enable community-based technology innovation. The workshop will develop a research agenda and foster initial collaborations through case-presentations; brainstorming and agenda articulation exercises; and networking opportunities. The focus is on practitioners and researchers who explore the factors, conditions, and practices that enable communities to leverage emerging data resources and infrastructure technologies to meet local needs. The original CFP can be found here.

For registration: REGISTER HERE

Travel & Information

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The ICTC workshop will be held at The Hotel in College Park, Maryland across from the University of Maryland Campus. Access to the workshop is only an elevator ride away as we reserved a room block at The Hotel!

Attendees can access Ignite 2018 by three airports including Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), and the Dulles International Airport (IAD). There is a Metrorail line serving College Park from Reagan National Airport as well as the Greenbelt-BWI Airport Express Line between BWI and Greenbelt Metro Station. Finally, AMTRAK Train Stations are available in Washington, DC (Union Station) and New Carrollton, MD.

Food and lodging for all workshop participants will be covered. The code to book lodging will be provided through email. Limited travel funding is available upon request.

Organizers: Brian ButlerSusan WinterMary Anne Kendig, Diane Travis, & Myeong Lee

For additional information contact us ( Check back often as further information will be added.

Funding for this workshop was provided by the NSF CISE Division of Computer and Network Systems under award number 1551584.

We look forward to meeting researchers from various fields and professions at the workshop.