Why You Might Want to Attend a Virtual Summit: Reason Number 30

Why You Might Want to Attend a Virtual Summit: Reason Number 30

As a potential participant or presenter, you may be hesitant about attending since this is the first time that the KWB Research Summit will be held virtually. This blog entry is part of a series of brief reasons for why you might consider attending KWB as a presenter or participant.

Sophisticated digital platforms are enabling virtual environments that simulate the benefits of real events, and attendees are beginning to shift to accessing subject matter experts and industry networking online (Wilson, 2011). For us in the School of Advanced Studies, the Knowledge Without Boundaries (KWB) Research Summit will be a 3-day virtual event for the first time. The event will take place August 14, 2018 through August 17, 2018 and the call for proposals is open now until June 18, 2018.


Wilson, J. (March 18, 2011). 20 Reasons Why Virtual Conferences Are the Future. Retrieved from https://sharpbrains.com/blog/2011/03/18/20-reasons-why-virtual-conferences-are-the-future/

Digitization, Digitalization, and Sustainability

By Dr. Fiona Sussan

I find it incredibly exciting that this year’s KWBA Annual Symposium will be conducted online.  My excitement stems from seeing SAS UOPX leveraging digital technologies and infrastructure (i.e., digitization) and be more productive and more effective (digitalization).  My earlier blog and the fulcrum of my research interests for the past twenty years are about the digital economy – specifically how digitalization brings about increased productivity and economic sustainability.  In this blog, I want to extend the impact of digitalization on environmental sustainability.  I am proud that KWBA is addressing this dimension of corporate sustainability within corporate social responsibility (CSR).  KWBA’s contribution is thus quite obvious -  this year’s KWBA Annual Symposium conducted virtually will decrease our carbon footprint (measurable)!  Another upside of this is unlike previous years’ symposium with limited participants and audience, this year’s virtual conference can be more inclusive with more participants and with theoretically unlimited number of audience!  That’s exciting!! 

In the digital economy, we must all learn how to leverage digital technologies and harness the power of digitalization to learn to do things better and smarter.  Research found that online interactions in fact strengthen pre-existing relationships that were formed offline.  To support environmental sustainability, come join us on our virtual symposium and at the same time reduce carbon footprint!