Successful iAffiliates Day brings community partners and faculty together

More than fifty iAffiliate partners and dozens of iSchool faculty and staff attended the second iAffiliates Day on Thursday, April 11. The event, a benefit of the iAffiliate program, provides a forum for organizations to learn about iSchool research and explore areas for collaboration using an unconference format.

The event was kicked-off with lightning presentations on a variety of research and business information topics from iSchool faculty, Ph.D. students, and iAffiliate partners. Attendees then voted on the topics they wanted to become sessions for the day.

These topics included:

  • You want to know what all that big data implies? You got to dig in and visualize!  How to make sense of big data and social media data through visualization – Jeff Hemsley, iSchool Ph.D. student
  • Early childhood literacy: how libraries and librarians who incorporate research-based early literacy skills in their story-times have a positive impact on children’s readiness to read – Eliza Dresang, iSchool faculty
  • Delivering projects without going crazy – Joe Anderson, Program Manager, Getty Images
  • Understanding & Engaging the Google Generation – Mike Eisenberg, iSchool faculty
  • Working with unstructured data – Paula Land, Co-Founder, Content Insight
  • Badges for lifelong learning: how online badging systems can support learning experiences that tap into interests, promote twenty-first century skills, and connect the learning that takes place across various contexts – Katie Davies, iSchool faculty
  • Training for big data – Scott Golder, Data Scientist, Context Relevant
  • Privacy problems, solutions and issues – Aaron Weller, Managing Director, PwC

iAffiliate attendees included representatives from Alaska Airlines, Boeing, Cisco, Costco, Expeditors, Intel, KPMG, Medio, Microsoft, Point B, Seattle Public Library, Tableau Software and Washington State Library, as well as the companies listed above.

The conference yielded new projects between the iSchool, Costco and Point B to provide business case studies for use in the classroom and providing funding for faculty work. 

If you are interested in learning more about the iSchool’s iAffiliates Program and how you or your company and organization can engage with the iSchool, please contact Andy Willmer.