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Social Media Highlights of #ECIS2015

Social Media Highlights of #ECIS2015

Sun, 2015-06-07 22:38

After four intensive days of ECIS conference, and some relaxing days afterwards, there is now some time to take a look back. Luckily, there is plenty of user-generated concent that people shared via social media channels. Or with the words of our keynote speaker Helmut Krcmar: "Everything is public by default." Thanks a lot for your participation – here is my personal selection of social media highlights of #ECIS2015.

First stage: #Vorfreude

After the first tweet was posted 728 days before the conference, the real fun started with the end of the submission deadline in November 2014. The deadline was featured on our website with a countdown in the top right corner, along with the respective tweets. For ultimate advice, we provided in addition some hints for random cuts in order to finish the paper on time: "Write if you can!".

Unfortunately, we have no performance measures about how our constant effort to make people aware of the deadline contributed to the total number of submissions. Moreover, such countdown procedures have not become standard yet, as we noted some months later...

On February 27, we could finally announce the acceptance notices for ECIS 2015, which allowed us to plan the session layout. At this moment in time, we had already published 16 "Treasures of the week", secret places in and around Muenster that you will not necessarily find in your travel guide.

Second stage: #Juchhu

On April 28, we entered the #Juchhu stage. After publishing the program we invited the participants with Twitter account to tweet their paper title and link to it. Thanks to @ellahsydney, @balbirbarn, @ElenaGorbi, @securescientist, @majestixx, and @lanamaeki for sharing their research.

In the last month before the conference, you were able to follow our preparations on Twitter. We posted everything that is important for the conference and interesting for future visitors, and also everything that is neither important nor interesting. To explain ECIS 2015 dress code, we produced an explainer video. All in all, a great buzz.

The day before the conference started, we met with early arrivers for a pub crawl. Best coverage of what happened was arguably provided by Jason Thatcher on his Facebook account. More detailed pictures were luckily not published (what happens in Vegas Münster, stays in...). Check this post for the full story. Thank you Mr President! On the next day, @jhillegersberg constantly kept us posted via Twitter about the progress of the participants of the Doctoral Consortium, who actually biked from Twente to Münster (50km), including beautiful pictures of the countryside.

Before the conference, we imagined in the ECIS blog what would happen if ECIS 2015 was a soccer tournament. Our wish actually became true on conference Tuesday when 17 participants met at Soccerhalle Rummenigge to compete in 3 teams.

For the four conference days, "Treasures of the week" converted into "Treasures of the day" (#ToW > #ToD). The spirit of ECIS 2015 was easiest to grasp at "ERCIS @ ECIS @ ERCIS" meeting, where Jörg Becker took the opportunity to thank the many ERCIS partners that had been part of the program committees. His gratitude was best captured in the following picture:

Third stage: #Ekstase

One year before, Münster organizers had crashed the dance floor in Tel-Aviv. I guess, a new tradition is born... At ECIS conference dinner, our Turkish successors picked up the tradition and brought it to n+1.

On that evening, people told me many good things about the conference. However, there were free drinks and everybody was in "relaxed mode". Thanks to @Kris_Ego, @aslisencerx, @HealthISLab, @CirielloR, @viadeeJava, @minemytext, @balbirbarn, @Anandstweets, @TGAsuperheroes, @ellahsydney, and  @DrJSims to share positive feedback also with some sober distance.

For me personally, ECIS 2015 has been an unforgettable experience with so many old and new friends coming to Germany. I think I speak for many volunteers when I say that I am very happy to be part of this exciting event. Gladly, we took a plethora of pictures to bring back the memories any time.

About the author: Sebastian Köffer

Sebastian Köffer

Remember that guy at the conference, lurking around all the time to get the best picture shots for photo tweets on @ECIS2015... Outside ECIS 2015, Sebastian Köffer (@koeffi) works as research assistant at the European Research Center of Information Systems in Münster.

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