Join Us

October 13-14th, 2017 at the University of Ottawa

Participate virtually

The application period to join us in Ottawa is now closed but you can still participate! Follow us on Twitter @connected150 and check the hashtag #connected150. Join us on Facebook for a live-stream of our Keynote Friday, October 13 and our opening and closing plenaries on Saturday, October 14th.


Register for the Keynote

There is still time to register to attend the public keynote address: Ontario’s Change Mission in a Digital Age, by Hillary Hartley, Chief Digital Officer of Ontario. After her talk explore our Civic Tech Science Fair. Sign up with Eventbrite to let us know you will be there October 13 from 6:00-9:00pm in room 112 Tabaret Hall, University of Ottawa.


Who should attend?

If you are…

  • an academic or student
  • a government official/public servant
  • a policy-maker
  • a member of a think tank
  • a member of the private sector
  • a member of a civil society group

(or any combination of the above)


and you research or work on issues pertaining to:

  • Internet culture
  • digital citizenship
  • digital literacy
  • online service delivery and/or design
  • online privacy
  • online news production or consumption
  • impact of digital on citizen engagement

you should definitely consider joining us.

Why attend?

Have a lasting impact!

Connected Canada is more than just a conference. It’s an opportunity to work together with experts in the field to create a unique and lasting output: a public research agenda for digital citizenship.

We will also build a network of scholars, policy makers, private industry and civil society interested in this area. And we will circulate a series of publically accessible briefing notes relating to each conference theme with accompanying visuals (for easy sharing via social media). These will be modified for classroom use and made available as an eBook.


Why is there an application process?

In order to facilitate high-quality, meaningful conversations and outcomes, conference attendance is capped at 150 participants. As we expect more applicants than there are available spots, we have designed an application process to select conference attendees. We promise the application process isn’t tedious! 


How will attendees be selected?

The conference organizing committee will select attendees with three goals in mind:

  1. Participants demonstrate a strong interest in the conference topic and relevance to their work.
  2. Participants represent different sectors and career levels, fostering conversations that cut across sectors and generations.
  3. Participants represent the full range of voices in the digital citizenship space, enriching discussions and helping to surface fresh ideas.


Selection and Assessment Criteria

Participation at Connected Canada will be capped at 150 people, including invited speakers. Because we expect interest in this conference to be strong, we have designed a selection process to make sure that the conference includes a mix of people.


Interest and Relevance

Participants demonstrate a strong interest in the conference topic and relevance to their work. 

Applicants are asked to respond to two short essay-style questions in order to demonstrate knowledge of and interest in the conference subject matter, and relevance of the topic to their work. Relevance is also determined taking into account the organisation that applicants work at (or the program of study that students are enrolled in), and other organisations that applicants are involved with (e.g. as volunteers, members, or part-time employees).

Each response is graded by conference organisers, with all identifying details about the applicant hidden from the grader. Applicants are given a score of strong pass (2), pass (1), or fail (0) for each of these two criteria.


Sector and Career Level

Participants represent different sectors and career levels. This will foster conversations that cut across sectors and generations.

Applicants are asked to identify which sector they principally work in (e.g. academia, government, civil society, etc.). They are also asked to assess whether they are senior, mid-level, or junior within their organisation. The conference organisers will aim to select roughly even representation from sectors and a representative distribution by career level.


Demographic Diversity

Participants are diverse in terms of place of residence, gender, and identification as a visible minority or as Indigenous. We believe that a diverse group of participants can enrich discussions and help to surface fresh ideas.

Applicants are invited to identify which part of Canada they live in, which gender they identify as, and whether they identify as a member of a visible minority or as an indigenous person. The conference organisers will seek to select participants with an even gender distribution, a minimum representation of people who identify as members of a visible minority or as Indigenous, and participants who represent different parts of Canada.


Is there any travel support?

Yes, there is limited travel support available, particularly for students. You’ll be able to indicate on your application if you’d like to be considered for travel support.

Let's connect!


This event is supported by a Canada 150 Connection Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada


Office of the Vice-President, Research
Centre for Law, Technology and Society
Faculty of Arts
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