The annual Museums Computer Group Conference 'Museums+Tech 2017' will be
held on Friday 3 November 2017 at the Imperial War Museums.  This year's
theme is 'Tech in a divided world'.

Our conference is always a great opportunity to catch up on the latest
developments and activities in the sector, and network with colleagues –
get the date in the diary and tell your workmates! The conference isn't
just for techy and digital folk to share practical skills and experience,
it is also a great opportunity for colleagues working across the sector to
get a taste of what's happening and start thinking about what might be
possible in their institution. As a friendly conference full of interesting
people, it's also a fantastic place for people working outside and inside
traditional institutions to meet and learn from each other.

As well as absorbing insights from peers, Museums+Tech2017 is a chance to
present what you've been working on and share your insights and lessons
learned. The call for papers for the conference is now open, and will close
on Sunday 30 April 2017. Find out more about the conference and submit your

The 2017 conference asks whether digital experiences, collections and
exhibition can help create a shared understanding of the world. Can museums
provide a shared space where those with a range of views recognise
themselves, of where the impact of the 'filter bubble' may be reduced – and
if so, can digital experiences have the same impact? Proposals for
presentation should celebrate good work and share ideas for helping museums
do better. We're open to suggestions, but topics might include:

   - The role of digital technologies and platforms - whether social media,
   mobile apps, websites, gallery guides, publications, podcasts, videos, or
   virtual or augmented reality experiences - in a divided world
   - How museums have focussed on inclusivity and diverse audiences in its
   digital offering
   - Behind-the-scenes technical work and organisational change to help
   reach polarised audiences
   - Tips on applying for funding and working within a limited budget
   - Using digital technologies to break down barriers of physical venues
   and exhibitions
   - Using digital technologies to connect visitors with each other
   - Reaching audiences that don't think of themselves as museum visitors
   - A bonus themes this year: in 2017 Museums Computer Group celebrates
   its 35th anniversary, how different are museums in 2017 from museums in
   1982 because of digital technologies and practices?
   - The list continues on our website…  (

The deadline for proposals is midnight GMT on 30 April. Our international
programme committee will review proposals in May and you should hear from
us in June. We look forward to hearing everyone's great ideas.

Jess (MCG Secretary) and Mia (MCG Chair)
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