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Museum Games & Play Summit

Call for Speakers

Proposal Deadline: June 20th 2024

MuseumNext, a global conference series on the future of museums highlights best practices and envisions the museums of tomorrow.

In September, we’re hosting the third annual Museum Games & Play Summit which looks at the role of games and play in museums.

Museums are typically thought of as destinations to house and display art, artefacts and collections of cultural interest. But in an age of shortened attention spans, it’s becoming more obvious that museums can’t simply be something nice to look at — they must actively engage their visitors. To do this, many institutions are turning to play, in its various forms, to both engage and educate those who walk through their doors.

The Museum Games & Play Summit will bring together museum professionals from around the globe to share best practice in creating engaging playful experiences both in the museum and online. We’re now looking for speakers to make twenty minute presentations for this event.

Some subjects which you may choose to address:

  • How can games enhance the visitor experience?
  • How can museums use gaming to their advantage?
  • How can play enhance learning activities?
  • How can museums tell stories with games?
  • How are museums using play to transform their galleries?
  • Playful learning experiences for grown ups?
  • Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Play?
  • How to commission games for your museum?
  • How to evaluate the success of games in your museum?

Please feel free to put forward any proposal which you feel fits with the theme of this event.

We welcome presentations on games and play from across the sector, but we’d encourage businesses looking to speak at the event to partner with a museum on a proposal.

Presentation Format

MuseumNext follows a fast-paced, twenty-minute presentation format, emphasising practice over theory.

All talks must be pre-recorded to ensure high-quality presentations and minimise technical difficulties. Speakers should be available for live Q&As if time zones permit (event runs 2pm – 7pm London time zone).

All presentations must be in English.

IMPORTANT: Download our speakers guide here,to see examples of past presentations and tips for making your MuseumNext presentation a success.

How to Apply

Submit proposals using this form, including the title, presenter names, theme summary, relevant links, and expected learning outcomes.

Deadline: June 20th 2023

What’s next?

Our conference peer panel will review all proposals and curate the event program.

We will respond to all applicants by July 10th, 2023.

Pre-recorded talks will be required by 3rd September to allow for captioning, use in marketing and tech checks.