For a first conference, iAnnotate 2016 was everything I could have wanted and more. Through the generosity of my advisor and the conference, I was able to travel abroad to the conference at very little cost to myself. Additionally, the conference provided much of the food and drink for three days, limiting the amount of personal funds I had to devote to food and entertainment. I’m incredibly grateful to all involved, particularly Dan, Jeremy, and Peg at Hypothes.is, for this opportunity.
At the conference itself, I was offered the first-hand opportunity to see the cutting edge of annotation technology on the Internet. I learned about the Annotate All Knowledge coalition, and I fully intend to pass this on to as many individuals as I can (along with Hypothes.is in general). My presentation and panel discussion went well, and I learned an immense amount about efforts that are being undertaken in the field of education and web annotation. This also led to the potential for collaborations with Hypothes.is and researchers at a variety of institutions.
All-in-all, this was a great trip and conference experience, and I look forward to continuing my side-projects that involve web annotation.