MWXX Recap

We’d like to thank everyone who participated in MW’s landmark 20th anniversary conference in LA April 6-9! MWXX was our biggest gathering ever with almost 800 attendees from 32 countries, representing 467 institutions. It was great to see so many old friends as well as lots of new faces: about half of the participants were joining the MW community for the first time. It took more than 172 gallons of coffee and an undisclosed number of other adult beverages to see us through the 90+ sessions in the MWXX program, not to mention all the events, museum visits, crowd-curated bar talks and karaoke! It was impossible to squeeze all the best stuff into each day as the program committee had 334 proposals to choose from; the most competitive categories were Professional Forums with a 28% acceptance rate, followed by How To sessions at 30% and Lightning Talks, of which only 1/3 were accepted. Thank you to all the authors, presenters, and keynote speakers, as well as the indefatigable Program, GLAMi, and Local Committees: you provide the life-blood of the conference and the community’s conversations.

We are also grateful to the volunteers, sponsors, partners, exhibitors and LA hosts who made the event possible. Many participants have continued to contribute to the conversation by posting slides, Storifys, and reflections on #MWXX as well; we’ve gathered as many links below as we are aware of, but please add to the list.

If you are interested in serving on the Program Committee, as a GLAMi judge, or as a volunteer at MW17 in Cleveland, please let us know!

We’re also keen to have your input into our new non-profit initiative: MuseWeb. The MuseWeb Foundation will support transformative projects, capacity-building, and sustainable innovation for galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAMs). In addition to the annual MW conference and publications, MuseWeb’s expanded scope of work will include new ways of collaborating with the community of museum technology professionals, developing shared platforms, facilitating corporate partnerships, and providing grants for innovative GLAM projects.

Our core question is:

How might we best support the GLAM sector as a space for the inspiration, curation and creation of culture, by, with, and for people?

We welcome your ideas, questions and challenges as we continue to develop and refine the project. Feel free to send suggestions by email to

Analytics Tune Up! Insights and methods to achieve a manageable approach to Google Analytics

Metrics, Metrics, Everywhere: Choosing the Right Ones for Your Website and Social Media

Transform your museum with agile

Professional forum 4 – Capital Projects & Technology

How to session 6 – IIIF The International Image Interoperability Framework

How to session 4: Beyond the Play Button: Getting the Most Out of Video Content

Turning the Battleship: Small Digital Pilots at the Holocaust Museum

Changing gears: Fast-lane design for accelerated innovation in memory organisations

Co-designing the future of museum digital literacy

BIG and S l o w – Adventures in Digital Storytelling

Ready, Set Crowdfund! (or not)

Why Museum Campaigns go Viral – Angelica Aboulhosn

Online Scholarly Publishing: data and_insights_from_osci

Adapting Museum Studies Programs for a Digital Future


All the Periscopes recordings can be found here.

Blog posts and Storifys

SESSION: Do It Together: The effect of curators, designers and technologists collaborating (meSch)

Welcome and Opening Plenary: Cory Doctorow

Open source in museums – now what?

Auckland Museum at #MWXX

Museums and the Web 2016 – a talk by Jim Fishwick

Post conference notes by Vernon Systems

Museums and the Web: 20 years of debate on digital transformation

Know of more round-ups and responses to #MWXX? Please share links in the comments below!