2016 Regional Conference Call for Proposals Now Open

ashley-speakerThe HighEdWeb Association will provide up to four grants to teams in different regions of the country who respond to our request for regional conference proposals (RFP). These grants will constitute the funding and resources to hold 2016 HighEdWeb Regional Conferences.

To complement the association’s grant funding, HighEdWeb will also provide:

  • a planning calendar
  • branding and naming guidance
  • tips on how to gain local sponsorship
  • templates for the conference program
  • templates and instructions on maintaining the conference website
  • a list of Association support contacts

Proposal submissions

Here’s an idea about what kinds of questions will be asked on the RFP:

  • Name of chairperson
  • Roles and names of other committee members. For example, each regional conference needs individuals to handle financial matters, marketing and communication, technical matters, and logistics.
  • First and second choices for regional date
  • First and second choices for regional location
  • Essay (less than or equal to 500 words): Why a regional should be held in our area.

Aaron-listeningIn addition to these questions, there will be a list of requirements for participation in the regional grant process. These requirements help the Association set the appropriate numbers of attendees, presentations, and expenditures for the event.

We will take proposals until Sept. 9, 2015, and then the Regional Support Committee will evaluate them. We’ll announce the locations of the regionals at the annual conference in Milwaukee, and conferences will be held during the first and second quarters of 2016.

Submit a proposal

Questions? Contact regionals@highedweb.org.


HighEdWeb 2015 Early-Bird Registration Ends July 31

Today, Friday July 31, is the last day get the HighEdWeb 2015 Annual Conference early-bird registration discount! Conference registration will stay open until the end of August (or until we sell out), but when you register by Friday, July 31, you save $125.

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Need a reason (or 10) to head to HighEdWeb?
There are a lot of great conferences out there. And you have lots of choices for spending your professional development money. We think HighEdWeb 2015 (October 4-7 in Milwaukee, Wis.) is the right choice, for a lot of reasons:

  1. HighEdWeb is the conference created BY and FOR higher ed Web professionals. We are an all-volunteer organization, working to further our shared profession — and you can bet we really understand what’s happening right now in the higher ed Web world, and where it’s headed in the future, because we’re right there with you.
  2. Seven tracks of great content, covering topics including development and programming, marketing, content and social strategy, accessibility, educational technology, design, professional skills, and more.
  3. 70+ presentations by the best-of-the-best — great professionals, doing great work, and sharing it with you.
  4. Two world-class keynotes: our old friend @UnMarketing, Scott Stratten, AND Bill Nye (yes, THAT Bill Nye, the Science Guy!)
  5. Dozens of poster presentations at our Poster Session, affectionately called “the science fair for Web geeks.”
  6. Time with the HighEdWeb community, who are pretty fantastic and connected all year round.
  7. Food for the mind AND body, including conference meals (breakfast, lunch and snacks) and social events each night.
  8. A visit to Milwaukee, a city with a thriving river-front entertainment district, home of Harley-Davidson, great breweries, amazing art, and lots to explore.
  9. Add-on half-day workshops, helping you really maximize your learning.
  10. Technical, Integrated Marketing and Leadership Academies, held in conjunction with HighEdWeb 2015 on October 3-4.

We could keep going … and going … and going … but we hope you get the idea, and that you’ll plan to join us in October for an incredible event!

SCIENCE! HighEdWeb 2015 Welcomes Bill Nye

Scientist Bill Nye who will speak at the HighEdWeb Annual Conference on October 5, 2015.HighEdWeb 2015 Annual Conference’s opening keynote speaker has spent nearly a lifetime making science and technology entertaining and accessible. Combining his talents as a scientist, inventor, comedian and author, he has attracted adults and children to the wonders of scientific world. That’s right, it’s the one-and-only Bill Nye (@BillNye)! The Science Guy will speak to us Monday, Oct. 5 about science, the universe and everything in between.

Nye’s wit and enthusiasm have helped to garner 18 Emmy awards for his PBS/syndicated series “Disney Presents Bill Nye the Science Guy.” Nye is also the host of “Stuff Happens,” a show examining the everyday stuff of our lives, and the far-reaching effects our actions have on the planet.

An accomplished author, Nye has written five books including, “Bill Nye the Science Guy’s Big Blast of Science,” “Bill Nye the Science Guy’s Please Consider the Following–A Way Cool Set of Science Questions,” “Answers and Ideas to Ponder”, and his most recent book, “Bill Nye the Science Guy Considers the Big Blue Ocean.”

Nye received a mechanical engineering degree from Cornell University, where he studied under Carl Sagan. He joined Boeing Commercial Airline Company in Seattle, where he worked on flight control systems until his love of entertainment led to work as a stand-up comic and his eventual creation of the persona of the Science Guy.

Learn more about Bill Nye (and how you can see him at HighEdWeb 2015): http://2015.highedweb.org/nye/

HighEdWeb 2015 Welcomes (back) Scott Stratten & Alison Kramer

HighEdWeb is thrilled to welcome back our old friend, Scott Stratten (@UnMarketing) to deliver #heweb15’s closing keynote on Wednesday, October 7. And even better: he’ll be joined by Alison Kramer (@UnAlison), co-host of the UnPodcast, for a special post-keynote Q-and-A.

strattenScott Stratten is the president of Un-Marketing. He is an expert in viral, social, and authentic marketing, which he calls Un-Marketing. Formerly a music industry marketer, national sales training manager and a professor at the Sheridan College School of Business, he ran his “UnAgency” for a nearly a decade before solely focusing on speaking at events for companies like PepsiCo, Adobe, Red Cross, Hard Rock Cafe, Cirque du Soleil, Saks Fifth Avenue, Deloitte and Fidelity Investments when they need help guiding their way through the viral/social media and relationship marketing landscape.

He now has over 175,000 people follow his daily rantings on Twitter and was named one of the top five social media influencers in the world on Forbes.com. He has written four best-selling business books, the newest being UnSelling: The New Customer Experience which was just named “Sales Book of the Year” by 1-800 CEOREAD.

kramerAlison Kramer is writer and co-creator of content at UnMarketing. She has co-written four best-selling books – UnMarketing, The Book of Business Awesome/UnAwesome, QR Codes Kill Kittens and UnSelling.

Prior to writing, she developed and ran an international maternity lingerie company called Nummies. Alison writes and speaks about social media, parenting, business and marketing. Alison is mother of a bunch of awesome minis, reluctant runner and yogi. Her current adventures also include co-hosting CBS’s premier business podcast, the UnPodcast, with her partner the wonderful Scott Stratten.

The HighEdWeb 2015 Schedule is Out!

We’re thrilled to share that the HighEdWeb 2015 Annual Conference schedule is live! http://2015.highedweb.org/schedule/

This year we’ll be gathering in Milwaukee, Wis. on October 4-7 to learn from a stellar lineup of speakers, with 70+ sessions in six tracks. There is something for everyone: programmers, strategists, developers, designers, content creators, social media managers, and everyone in between!

Session tracks include:

  • Applications, Integration and Mobile
  • Development, Programming and Architecture
  • Marketing, Content and Social Strategy
  • Management and Professional Development
  • Technology in Education
  • Usability, Accessibility and Design
  • Sponsor & Vendor-Partners

As well, we’re once again offering half-day pre- and/or post-conference workshops, with topics ranging from content management and storytelling to analytics and responsive design.  And those who want an in-depth professional development experience can take part in one of our professional Academies, to be held in Milwaukee on October 3-4 in conjunction with the Annual Conference. These two-day intensive professional development opportunities are offered in three topic areas: Integrated MarketingLeadership and Technical.

Begin plotting out your conference now: review the schedule and check out the speakers at the #heweb15 website. And if you aren’t registered yet, you can get that done, too. Let’s do this — see you in Milwaukee!

Code for a cause: Announcing the HighEdWeb 2014 Hackathon

hackathonWhat can programmers, writers, designers and project managers create in one night? A revamped user experience and revised content strategy for The Coalition for a Livable Future’s Regional Equity Atlas, of course!

Sign up to participate

What is a hackathon?

The concept of a hackathon is simple (though the work is far from it) – web professionals engage in collaborative web programming and design to enhance an organization’s online presence in a short amount of time. See how our 2013 hackathon helped The Ride for Roswell in Buffalo, New York.

A HighEdWeb hackathon unites web professionals from hundreds of colleges and universities with diverse skill sets (including programming, writing, graphic design, project management and more). This year, the HighEdWeb hackathon will focus on supporting the Coalition for a Livable Future (CLF), a nonprofit based in Portland, Oregon, and renovating its Regional Equity Atlas project.

The details

  • 6 p.m.-3 a.m. Monday, October 20 at the Hilton Portland and Executive Tower Hotel
  • Revamp the UX of their Regional Equity Atlas for a more non-technical audience
  • Provide technical recommendations, especially of open source solutions
  • Revise their digital strategy/information architecture/content strategy to streamline the path to the Atlas via the CLF website

Questions about the Hackathon? Contact the Hackathon coordinator, Anne Petersen.

​What is the Regional Equity Atlas?

The Coalition for a Livable Future’s (CLF) Regional Equity Atlas is a tool that enables the group to understand how well different neighborhoods and populations are able to access the resources and opportunities necessary for meeting their basic needs and advancing their health and well-being. By illuminating the Portland metro region’s geography of opportunity, the Equity Atlas has transformed conversations around equity and provided concrete information to guide local advocacy and policy making to address disparities.

The original Equity Atlas was released in 2007 as a book of static maps and text. CLF released an updated version of the Regional Equity Atlas (Equity Atlas 2.0) in June 2013 that includes an online mapping tool that gives users the ability to create their own maps and an interpretive website that provides a gallery of static maps and analysis. The website also includes metadata, user guides and tutorials, and a host of complementary features including a storytelling project and white paper series.

How can sponsors help?

We can’t pull off this ambitious hackathon without you! And, there are many ways for you to put your web powers to work.

Partner with HighEdWeb attendees to harness the power of the web for the good of the community by providing:

  • Food
  • Assistance with coding, content, design and more
  • Oversight of the project
  • Prizes

Interested in sponsoring the Hackathon? Contact the HighEdWeb sponsorship committee.


HighEdWeb 2014 early bird ends Thursday, July 31

The clock is ticking – only ONE day left of HighEdWeb 2014 early bird registration! Sure, we’ll keep registration open as long as there are seats available, but when you register during the early bird period (aka: by the end of tomorrow, Thursday, July 31), you save $125 off the full conference rate. So don’t delay — register now!

Dr. Moira GunnMonday Keynote: NPR’s Dr. Moira Gunn

Need a world-renowned reason to hit up #heweb14? Well, let us share this: HighEdWeb is pleased to announce that Dr. Moira Gunn (@biotechnation) will deliver the Annual Conference’s opening keynote address on Monday, October 20.

The first woman to earn a doctorate in mechanical engineering at Purdue, Dr. Gunn worked as a NASA computer scientist and engineer. Today, she educates the public about issues in science and technology on NPR’s nationally-syndicated “Tech Nation” and “BioTech Nation” radio programs – and she’ll be talking with HighEdWeb next. Hear more from Dr. Gunn via her TEDx PurdueU talk.

(And don’t forget, there’s also our Wednesday keynote with Chris Hardwick — aka @nerdist — to which to look forward, too!)

Don’t delay; register today!

Registration is filling fast, and once the conference is full, registration will close forever. Be sure to register soon to ensure your spot!