WHAT’S NEW THIS YEAR?

By Nikola Jachanová

Even though it still feels like the year has just begun, we are already in the midst of planning, organizing and creating the programme for this year’s IWDK! And there is so much you can look forward to as we are stirring things up and going much bigger with this year’s festival.

We are excited to announce that this year we will be adding TRACKS into the programme. But what does that mean? A track is either a half day or full day about a certain topic or area of interest. Each track is organized by a TRACK HOST, who will design the specific programme for their track. Think of our track hosts as ambassadors of important digital topics sharing their professional insights and attracting the best speakers to come. As Louise Overgaard, Head of IWDK, says: “It’s very cool to go from having the IWDK secretary creating flagship events to having an army of specialists creating tracks for IWDK.”

More diversity in the programme

We asked Louise Overgaard to tell us more about why she thinks tracks will add value for both the participants and event organizers.

 

“Up until now, the IWDK festival has been completely crowdsourced, which has been really great, because the programme has been created very organically and bottom-up. We still want that, but having the tracks is an add-on to the programme and a way for us to put emphasis on specific topics we think are especially relevant for our digital future.”

To give you a little sneak peek, here is a list of some of the topics related to this year’s tracks:

  • Digital Accountability
  • Digital Democracy
  • Digital Inclusiveness
  • Digital Frontrunners
  • Digital Business
  • Digital Transformation
  • Digital Creative
  • Digital Leadership
  • Future Work
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • New Technologies
  • Kids’nTech
  • Innovation Ecosystems
As you can see, the topics are based around this year’s theme DIGITAL CHANGE//CHANGE DIGITAL. Also, they are very diverse and we are sure everybody will find one according to their liking.

Improving the festival experience

The length of each track varies from a half day to a full day of activities. Along with that, we are encouraging our track hosts and event organizers to create their events during given time slots:

  • Morning session: 9am – 12am
  • Lunch break: 12am – 1pm
  • Afternoon session: 1pm – 5pm

By that, we are making it easier for the participants, as they can plan their days and the events they want to attend. Louise has also shared with us how the introduction of tracks will change the experience for the participants.

“I think we will create a better user experience because you can come and stay the whole day knowing where to be and get a lot of input. It also improves the atmosphere of the festival and it’s a good way for us to get a good grounding for other event organizers. I think the participants will experience that it is easier to go through the programme and see what’s on and what could be relevant.”