IGNITE Conference in Vienna

IGNITE Conference and Pre-conference Workshop at University of Applied Arts, die Angewandte, in Vienna

Due to the COVID19-situation in Austria and other European regions, we have had to cancel the IGNITE conference and workshop in Vienna 24-26 March: “Design Thinking & Maker Culture: Sticky Learning for the 21st Century”.

The IGNITE team is exploring alternatives to the Vienna conference and workshop, and you will find news and updates here. For those who have registered, we will be contacting you via email with further information.


IGNITE Conference—

What: Design Thinking & Maker Culture: Sticky Learning for the 21st Century
Where: University of Applied Arts, die Angewandte, Auditorium, Vordere Zollamtsstraße 7, Ground Floor, A-1030 Vienna, Austria
How: To register for the conference, please click “REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE” button below (red)
Who: Educators in Digital Humanities, Digital Cultures, Museum and Library Studies, Heritage Studies; as well as professionals and those supporting the heritage sector in teaching, training, professional development, and lifelong learning
When: 25-26 March 2020; submission deadline has been closed
Timetable: the conference timetable is available via this link


Conference Description

Sticky learning is a fairly new concept that promotes methods for teaching/training so that it is retained more effectively afterwards — hence the stickiness. This is clearly the goal of all learning activities, but with recent technology development and with the concept of Industry 4.0, stickiness has also become a concept for learning outcomes that persist beyond the individual course or degree. Teaching methods such as problem and project-based learning, active classrooms, and  student-centred classrooms are teaching methods that promote sticky learning.

These teaching methods can be explored within the wider frameworks of design thinking and maker culture as ways to teach a new generation of humanities and heritage students lifelong skills crucial to the creative and cultural industries,  including user-centred design, citizen engagement, co-creation across sectors and on a larger scale, as well as ways for those in the humanities and heritage to take on and create solutions for global challenges. We know that such solutions will include new technologies, but also that they will rest on human and humanities knowledge for a sustainable (digital) transition of society.

This conference seeks to explore these themes within the wider areas of education within the digital humanities, cultural studies, and the creative and cultural industries, both as part traditional educational curricula as well as lifelong learning.

IGNITE Conference especially addresses the following subjects:

  • Sticky learning in teaching technology within a humanities setting
  • Digital innovation in teaching and learning in the humanities
  • Flipped classroom teaching
  • Lifelong learning in the digital transformation for the heritage sector
  • Design thinking for the humanities and heritage 
  • Maker Culture as new forms of meaning-making and knowledge creation
  • Novel ways to teach technology at Masters level, including 3D modelling, augmented and virtual reality, digital storytelling, game jamming
  • How do we prepare humanities students for a new labour market in the creative and cultural industries 


IGNITE Pre-conference Workshop—

What: A Workshop exploring online, blended, & flipped classrooms for teaching new technologies to humanities studies and heritage professionals
Where: University of Applied Arts, die Angewandte, Vordere Zollamtsstraße 7, 2nd Floor, A-1030 Vienna, Austria
How: To register for the conference, please click “REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE” button below (red)
Who: Educators in the digital arts and humanities, museum, library, and heritage studies, as well as heritage professionals responsible for training on an organizational, regional, or national level.
When: 24 March 2020; submission deadline has been closed
Timetable: the conference timetable is available via this link.

Workshop Registration is Full

Workshop Description

A pre-conference, the co-designed workshop will explore how we can integrate new modalities of teaching (online, blended and flipped classrooms) and enhance and empower humanities students to apply critical thinking through design and making. There is a myriad of new forms of knowledge creation engendered by the digital transition. It is crucial that humanities students are able to participate in the knowledge economy, not just by learning today’s technologies, but by being prepared to create new knowledge, processes, services, and products in formats and media that have yet to be invented.

This workshop will explore how we can challenge the ways that education frameworks and knowledge institutions define humanities education, classrooms and curricula particularly at the postgraduate level. This workshop will also focus on ways to integrate alternative modalities of knowledge creation (team, project-and problem-based learning) to better prepare humanities graduates for a wide variety of roles both in and supporting the creative and cultural sector, from publishing, to GLAM institutions, to grant management.

The workshop will be co-designed by participants and will centre around the challenges that participants bring, including:

  • Integrating design thinking and making into the curriculum
  • The challenges of teaching with online, blended, and flipped classrooms
  • The institutional challenges of embedding alternative forms of knowledge creation into the curriculum
  • Preparing humanities students for a new labour market in the creative and cultural industries
  • Further directions for the IGNITE curriculum in meeting these challenges




Bursaries will be paid upon receipt of original invoices between €200 (more local travel) and €500 (from greater distances). Please note that only participants established in the EU Member States are eligible for reimbursement. Lunches and coffee breaks, during the Workshop and conference, will be covered by the organizers of the event.


Terms and Conditions for Travel & Accommodation Bursaries

  • Applicants need to attend both events, the Workshop and the Conference
  • Applicants need to submit an abstract (up to 300 words) and motivation letter (up to 300 words) for the conference via Register Here for Your Submission button (green), which needs to be accepted by the reviewing committee
  • Applicants must be established in the EU Member States
  • Applicants must provide original receipts and a filled out reimbursement form.

→ Download Reimbursement Form
→ Guidelines on IGNITE Travel (& Accommodation) Bursaries