Based on the good experiences with the first ever fully virtual Semantic MediaWiki conference 2020 and due to the fact that the pandemic was still not over in 2022, it was agreed to hold SMWCon 2021 again as a virtual conference from December 8-10, 2021.
We used Hopin again to provide the same user experience with three thematic days: enterprise and government day on December 8, community day on December 9 and research and education day on December 10. We were able to deliver an interesting schedule with 39 speakers.
At the beginnig we were surprised by a complete Hopin blackout, that fortunatley was resolved rather quickly. With only a 30 minute time delay, we could start the conference with an awesome keynote talk by NASA’s Rich Evans:
We were able to attract almost 180 visitors with a peak attendance of 63 persons.
The audience was spread across the world with 36 from Germany, 24 from the Netzerlands, 6 from UK, 5 from Austria and Switzerland, 4 from Poland, 3 from France and Italy, 2 from Finland, Portual, Spain, and Sweden, and 1 from Belgium, Bulgaria, Luxembourg, Georgia, Greece and Slovakia. On the other side of the Atlantic we counted 33 attemdees from the US, 4 from Canada, 3 from Brazil, 1 each from Chile and Peru. Also 2 attendees were from India and 2 from South Africa.
After two succesful fully virtual SMWCons 2020 and 2021, we really hope to have an in-person event in fall 2022!
Thank you again to the sponsors of our conference: