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Call for Proposals

The Boston Area Research Initiative is now accepting proposals! for talks for its spring conference, BARI Conference2021: Building Back Smarter on April 30th, 2021. 
Click here to submit a proposal! Proposals are due by Friday, January 22nd, 2021 at 11:59 PM. 

BARI’s annual conference is a unique forum for sharing how greater Boston’s civic data community is advancing a more equitable, just, and democratic society–and setting an agenda for what we need to do now. In 2021 this mission is more critical than ever. As we build back from a crippling pandemic and grapple with revelations of racial injustice and inequities, we want to highlight efforts where data and technology are catalyzing our recovery as we look toward the future. 
 
We are inviting proposals for talks for BARI’s 2021 Conference that describe data-driven work occurring throughout greater Boston. As always, we want to capture the diverse roles that different institutions and forms of expertise play in transforming data into knowledge into impact, and look forward to proposals from members of the public, private, and non-profit sectors as well as academia. We are interested in talks on all topics related to cities and communities, including but not limited to: housing; transportation; public health; climate change; inequality and segregation; public safety and law enforcement; arts and culture; and access to resources, amenities, and services. Given the trenchant themes of the pandemic and social justice, we are encouraging submitters to indicate if and how their work engages these themes, though neither is required for inclusion in the conference. We also ask submitters to consider which members of society are engaged in or impacted by their work and to state clear implications of their work that can be used by elected officials and other decision-makers.
 

We encourage proposals
from all disciplines and domains that highlight innovative, data-driven work that seeks to serve residents and solve social problems across the Greater Boston region. We are also interested in talks exploring topics related to cities and communities, including but not limited to: housing; transportation; public health; climate change; inequality and segregation; public safety and law enforcement; arts and culture; and access to resources, amenities, and services. 

Proposals are not required to describe work that explicitly addresses the pandemic and social justice, though all submitters are encouraged to consider these aspects of their proposals. All selected talks will be placed on panels designed to generate conversation around innovative uses of data and technology and their potential impact on society. Talks will be evaluated in part on their ability to contribute to such a conversation.

Submit the title, description, themes, and implications of your proposal (<350 words) here today.  Contact BARI@northeastern.edu with questions.

Proposal Instructions
Proposals will be for a 10-minute talk and will describe one of the following:

  • Research findings
  • Implementation of innovation in policy or practice
  • Data-driven evaluation of a program or intervention
  • A novel data set or technology, and its construction, content, and utility
  • A platform for collecting or disseminating data or data-derived information
  • Innovative governance structures & partnerships for sharing & managing data

Proposals will be accepted until Friday, January 22nd, 2021, at 11:59 PM. Applicants will be notified in February if their proposals have been accepted.