This format invites contributions from practitioners active in community, commercial, government, and not-for-profit spaces who are exploring participatory frameworks in their work. The invitation is open to those grappling with the potential and the challenges of participation in any of the conference anchor areas including (but not limited to) participation in economic spheres of green, open, commons and solidarity processes; participation in political spheres of representation, resistance and governance in civic affairs; participation in design spheres where new forms of making include decolonial, feminist, and collective research and action approaches; participation in place/local/global spheres where issues of interculturality, social innovation, collaborative spaces, democracy, and policy are in focus.  

The intent is to foster and celebrate lively exchanges regarding emerging questions about the politics and practices of participation between those working in different learning, innovation and activist spaces locally and internationally.

*Please note that everyone who attends will be required to register and pay the fee, regardless of whether they are presenting or not.

Important dates

  • 9th December 2019 — Submission deadline Extended!

  • 15th February 2020 — Notification of acceptance

  • 15th March 2020 —  Camera ready submissions deadline (using conference template)

Review Process

Submissions will be reviewed and curated by the chairs.

Paper Formatting and Length

Beyond Academia submission will be initially made to an online form (an academic paper is not required). The form contains a few questions (in English) to structure the submission while providing enough freedom to fully describe the case or topic. There is the possibility to include audiovisual material to complement the story by including a 2 minute video. (DL passed)

After acceptance, a camera ready summary of the case / topic needs to be produced according to the conference template (available in the submit page) and with a max of 2 pages length.

The summaries of Beyond academia cases will be included in Vol 3 of the proceedings published by the Universidad de Caldas


In the conference, Beyond Academia presentations will take the form of short, lightning talks and/or panel/roundtable discussions. The chairs will coordinate and work with authors, on acceptance, about the best presentation format(s) at the conference.

Contact the chairs

Cristian Job Nieman Janssen (Universidad de los Andes – COL)

Guilherme Meyer (Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos – BRA)

Jeannette Blomberg (IBM – USA)

María de Mater O’Neill (Rubberband Design Studio – PRI)

Penny Hagen (Auckland Co-Design Lab – NZL)