Saturday, November 11, 2017

CFP: Makerspaces for Innovation and Research in Academics Conference (La Verne, CA -mJuly 12, 2018)

 Submit proposals here:
The Makerspaces for Innovation and Research in Academics (MIRA) conference planning Committee seeks proposals for its first inaugural annual conference at University of La Verne, La Verne, CA on July 12, 2018. The MIRA Conference seeks to bring together a group of makers, librarians, educators and practitioners for a day of presentations, workshops, discussions and networking. Sessions will include, but not limited to, the following areas:
  • How to set up a makerspace (costs, safety, staffing, training, location, value and buy-in, etc.)
  • How universities and schools are facilitating learning by making
  • Role of makerspaces in libraries and museums
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship through makerspaces
  • Hands-on training using maker tools
  • The future of makerspaces in education.

Session Types:
  • Workshop (45 mins): This is a hands on training session. Presenter needs to bring their own equipment and supplies.
  • Lightning Talk (5 mins): These are 5 minute sessions to share a quick overview of your ideas, experience, and programs.
  • Presentation (20/45 mins): These sessions can include ideas, experiences, original research, engaging discussion questions or activities.
  • Roundtable discussion (45 mins): These sessions will offer conversation in a casual, round table setting.
  • Panel discussion (45 mins) : These sessions bring together 2-5 presenters into a cohesive conversation intended to engage audience members in a 45-minute session.

Proposal Submission Deadline: Feb 15, 2018
Notification of Acceptance: April 15 2018
Conference Registration Opens: Mar 15, 2018
If you have any questions, contact Vinaya Tripuraneni, Planning Committee Chair, at