The “Future of Conferences” Research Survey

In 2020 and 2021, the pandemic triggered many global software/IT conferences to shift to online or hybrid formats. As the world emerges from social distancing requirements, conference organizers face important questions. Will conferences need to retain a virtual component? ... or will conferences once again become primarily “in person” experiences?

Steven Fraser and Dennis Mancl put together a survey -- and received 331 responses. The survey questions probed the “favorite conference mode” (in-person, virtual, or hybrid) and asked the respondents about the obstacles for in-person and virtual conferences.

The following report is an early summary and analysis of the survey results:

Last modified: May 11, 2022