MCN hosts an annual conference bringing together cultural heritage professionals interested in advancing digital in their organizations. Attendees come from all areas of practice, from IT to digital outreach and visitor engagement, to collections, conservation, archival, libraries, curatorial, education, marketing, and more. Each conference features a variety of interactions and professional development opportunities.

The conference starts with a dynamic opening event, Ignite MCN, featuring thought-provoking presentations in an energetic and entertaining format. With imaginations ignited, attendees enjoy several days of hands-on workshops, sessions, and engaging discussions. An exhibit hall features some of the latest developments and products used in digital cultural heritage and an opportunity to meet vendors who specialize in serving the special needs of our sector.  Multiple evening events enable networking with like-minded professionals and a chance to visit local cultural heritage venues in the conference’s host city, which changes every year.

Since 2009, MCN has recorded conference presentations and made them available on the MCN YouTube channel.  These recordings enable attendees to see all sessions they may have missed, and provide access to MCN sessions for those who cannot attend in person.  Check out videos from previous MCN conferences.

An event not to be missed is Ignite MCN. On the evening prior to the opening keynote, a series of entertaining and insightful lightning talks from innovative thinkers in the cultural sector kick off MCN each year and set the tone for rest of the conference.

Banner photo by Neal Stimler

Upcoming MCN Conference:

MCN 2015 Minneapolis – November 4-7, 2015

The Invisible Architectures of Connected Museums – Making Meaning with People, Collections, and Information 

The world continues to move past the simple physical/digital dialectic towards a more nuanced matrix of architectures uniting digital and material culture. For this year’s MCN conference, we seek submissions that expand the museum experience through the marrying of the physical and the digital, the back office and the visitor, the screen and the vitrine. How will we utilize embodied, digitally responsive, and inclusive methods and approaches to build 21st-century literacies with our audiences?

Call for Proposals: April 1-30, 2015 – Check back on this site for submission details

Registration opens: July 1, 2015.

Contacts:
Program: program@mcn.edu
Conference & exhibitors: conference@mcn.edu
Scholarships: scholarship@mcn.edu
Volunteers: volunteer@mcn.edu
Sponsorship: sponsorship@mcn.edu