The EuroIA speaker invitations have gone out

I’ve been one of a team of 14 reviewers who have spent last week going through the submissions to speak at this year’s EuroIA in Edinburgh in September.

I’ve been on the review panel for a couple of years now, and I have to say that I was blown away by the quality of the talk proposals I was assessing this year.

Competition for places was fierce. I saw Fabien Marry tweet that he’d had four judges say “Yes” to inclusion on the programme, but still ultimately hadn’t made the cut. He won’t have been alone.

I’m putting together the timetable this year, and during the committee’s conference call at the weekend to finalise the speakers getting invitations, it was obvious we were over-flowing with riches. I was desperately re-jigging my spreadsheets to see if we could up the number of sessions we could include. At one point we were looking at having a programme that ran from 9:15am to 7:00pm on one of the days to try and cram more in — but I think that is too much to expect people to fit into their brains on one day.

We’ll be announcing the programme in a few weeks, but in the meantime I see at least one speaker — the ever linked-data conscious Paul Rissen — has added details of his session to the event’s Lanyrd page.

Being a user-centred IA conference, a bit later in the year there will be a chance for attendees to participate in the precise scheduling of the sessions. Until then, keep your diary free for 26-28 September. Which seems a long way away. Looking at the list of talks that is in store for Edinburgh, I wish it was starting tomorrow.

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