CFP: The Future of Museums. Free Virtual Conference

July 24, 2014, Online

We are excited to announce the Future of Museums Conference, a collaborative global conversation about technology, museums, and the future. This free, online event will be held from 10am – 5pm US-Eastern Time on July 24th, 2014, and will feature keynote speakers and crowdsourced presentations by your peers.

Attendees can expect to learn best practices to implement in their museums, and will hear real-world examples of innovative practices in the field. Conference strands are focused on four main themes from the NMC Horizon Report > 2013 Museum Edition by New Media Consortium: Bring Your Own Device, Location-Based Services, Crowdsourcing, and Makerspaces.

Curators, creators, innovators, museum professionals, and educators are encouraged to present. To attend the conference, to be kept informed of the latest conference news and updates, and/or to submit to present, please 
join the Future of Museums network at follow the conference hashtag #Museums14. We are looking forward to this fun event, and to your participation. Thank you for your interest! See how you can get involved with this event below.

The Future of Museums Conference is a event, and will complement the NMC Virtual Symposium on the Future of Museums, being held on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014. Learn more about this event at

Get Involved!

Partner (Non-Commercial / Non-Profit Organizations)

Whether you are a local historical society or a large art museum, we want to encourage you to become a conference partner. Once approved, your organization will be listed with a link, logo, and a short description, and you will be provided with a “spotlight” speaker session in the conference.

There are no financial obligations for being a partner organization–all we ask is that you actively promote the conference to your membership and network, and encourage participation as well as presentations and submissions. Be sure to join the Future of Museums network, then fill out apartner application.

Sponsor (Commercial Organizations)

Sponsorship opportunities can be discussed with Steve Hargadon directly at or 916-283-7901.


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About the Project

The Project consists of a series of virtual and physical events that have approximately 100,000 attendees/logins each year, and the project also highlights the activities and conversations of more than 200 partner organizations across the learning professions in the school, library, museum, work, adult, online, non-traditional and home learning worlds. As the boundaries of these worlds, increasingly overlap and integrate these conversations will be critical to framing and preparing for the learning revolution which is starting to take place. projects have members from 200+ countries and a newsletter is sent to 130,000 readers each week. Well-known events include the School Leadership Summit, Reform Symposium (RSCON), Homeschool Conference, and the Library 2.0 and Global Education Conferences.

Call for papers


The Call for Proposals for the conference is open! Curators, creators, innovators, museum professionals, and educators are encouraged to present. Presenters can submit proposals for general sessions focused on one of the conference strands. As a conference that is focused on being participatory, we encourage new presenters as well as more experienced ones to submit to present. Please see the Call for Proposals for instructions, and be sure to share with your colleagues!

Deadline: July 21, 2014

Posted: June 16, 2014