Welcome to the Preconference!

A letter from the co-chairs:

Welcome to the 2014 International Communication Association Mobile Preconference, subtitled “Mobile Research for Building a Better World.” This preconference, now in its 11th year, accepted 46 proposals (out of 76 submissions), and the program looks great! We are very excited to share it with you.
As this year’s co-chairs, and relative locals, we, Katy (University of Washington) and Brett (Washington State University / University of Hawaii), want to welcome you to Seattle. Seattle is a great city, full of culture, good food, music, and a lot of interesting technology. We hope that you get to spend some time enjoying the city while you’re here.

We want to first thank the rest of the organizing committee, Veronika Karnowski, Rich Ling, and especially Andrew Schrock for all of the hard work involved. Andrew also served as a co-chair with us, overseeing the paper submissions, reviews, and working on the schedule. We also want to thank our undergraduate and graduate assistants, Meara Faw, Matthew Adeiza, Lucas Wiseman, Joshua Wagner, and Anny Lee, plus the numerous administrative assistants, for the many hours of labor that they’ve put into this event as well.

We would like to take a moment next to acknowledge our amazing sponsors: The University of Washington, Washington State University, the University of Michigan, the University of Hawaii, the Annenberg Innovation Lab, and Caribou Digital. They have been extremely generous and supportive, and without them, we could not have pulled off this event.

Mobile Communication is at a crossroads. Today there are more mobile devices connected to the Internet than stationary ones. People all over the world are using mobile communication for work, play, family, and more. As a scholarly pursuit, last year saw the beginning of the Mobile Media and Communication journal, published by Sage. What a way to show that mobile communication is an important topic! But also, just as we’ve seen with the Internet and social media, mobile communication has now grown beyond its humble beginnings here. In fact, in the main ICA conference, we see dozens of papers with mobile in the title or abstract and three Communication and Technology Division panels on mobile communication. We are becoming mainstream!

Given this, it is important that this preconference continues to be the place where cutting edge scholarship on mobile communication is written, shared, commented upon, and published. We all live and breathe mobile, and we want this preconference community to support the next generation of high quality work on this topic.

Again, welcome to Seattle. We hope that you enjoy your time here, and please don’t hesitate to ask us for anything.

Also, thinking ahead, next year ICA is in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and we would love to speak with you if you’re interested in joining the organizing committee and potentially chairing the preconference next year.

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