Student Competitions Now Open!

The 14th annual student-run Information Without Borders Conference will take place on February 11th, 2020. This year’s conference theme is Information at Home. The IWB Conference hosts two competitions to showcase student research from graduate students currently enrolled at Dalhousie University: the Student Poster Competition and the Paper Competition for Student Speaker Session. Submissions must be based on recent academic work (within the last two academic years) and may focus on any topic relating to the field of Information Management or the conference theme. Applicants are welcome to email with questions in advance of the deadline.

The Student Poster Competition provides students with the opportunity to share their research with peers and the professional community. The competition will be held during the lunch hour on the day of the conference. Posters will be judged for clarity of content, visual presentation, and relevance. Cash prizes will be awarded, with the first-place poster earning its creator(s) $100 and the second-place poster $75. Suggested poster dimensions are 36″ x 48″. To enter the poster competition, please send an abstract for the poster (in PDF format) to by 11:50 PM on Saturday, February 1st, 2020.

The Paper Competition for Student Speaker Session provides students with a chance to present their academic research on the day of the conference. The IWB Committee will review the papers, and the top three papers will be asked to present their work on the day of the conference. Each of the winning papers will earn its author(s) a cash prize of $100. Papers should be 8 to 10 pages in length. Presentations will be approximately 15 minutes each, with a 5 minute question period to follow. To enter the paper competition, please send your paper (in PDF format) to by 11:50 PM on Saturday, February 1st, 2020.

Please note: All presenters are required to register for the conference. Student registration is $25. Registeration includes entry to all events, breakfast, lunch, and a promotional bag. Poster and paper competitions are separate. Students may submit separate applications for both competitions.

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