Conference Spotlights Digital Initiatives at Yale

March 31, 2017

(Submitted by Julie Ramaccia, CMS Community Liaison)

On March 16, 2017, the YaleSites team in Yale Information Technology Services hosted the Yale Digital Conference to explore digital initiatives happening at Yale and beyond. The theme for the conference was "Building Community" to encourage multidisciplinary collaboration among participants. More than 125 participants from around the University filled Luce Hall for a day of learning and sharing.

The conference began with opening remarks from John Barden, Chief Information Officer of Yale University, who offered a warm welcome to all participants. Franz Hartl, web development manager of the YaleSites team, kicked off the day with a presentation about the state of YaleSites today as well as the future of YaleSites.

Franz Hartl at the Yale Digital Conference
Franz Hartl talked about the past, present, and future of YaleSites.

Andrew Golis, the general manager of, joined the conference as the keynote speaker. In his presentation, "The Hidden Rules of our Digital Life," Golis discussed how platforms and technology create hidden rules for our identities, communities, and institutions. The floor was then opened up to the audience for quesitons and answers.

Keynote speaker Andrew Golis of Vox

Throughout the day participants were able to attend a variety of presentations. These included "Social Optimization" and "Online News Best Practices" from the Office of Public Affairs and Communications. Experts around campus spoke about accessibility, usability testing, the future of Drupal, and best practices in photography.

Formerly called YaleSites Camp, the conference has grown over the past years to include the larger digital community at Yale and organizers wanted a more inclusive name for the event. In its fifth year, YaleSites Camp became the Yale Digital Conference.

If you weren’t able to attend the conference, check out the Yale Digital Conference website for presentation slides and videos. We hope to see you next year!

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