FactMiners Jim Awarded Emerging Professional Scholarship to Attend #MCN2014

I am beyond happy to announce that I have been awarded an Emerging Professional Scholarship to significantly support our attending and presenting at the prestigious Museum Computer Network 2014 (#MCN2014) annual conference next month in Dallas, Texas. While it is an honor to be recognized (at my age and as an unaffiliated Citizen Scientist/Historian) with this award, it is truly the financial impact of the award that mean so much to me and FactMiners "co-host" (my soulmate/wife) Timlynn Babitsky.

Timlynn and I will be attending and presenting on behalf of FactMiners.org and The Softalk Apple Project, our First Of A Kind "sandbox" for development of the FactMiners' cognitive computing-based social game platform for Libraries, Archives, and Museums (LAMs). You will find our proposals for our 30-minute presentation and demo here. Our demo will be on Demo Day, Friday, November 21st, and our presentation will be one of three in the panel "Shoestrings, Subgraphs, and Sharing: New Design Paradigms for Museums" scheduled for Saturday, November 22nd.

Timlynn has already signed up to be a Conference Volunteer. The Emerging Professional Scholarship is quite generous and significantly appreciated:

  • one full conference registration
  • complimentary attendance at ANY of the the pre-conference workshops (these are GREAT and not cheap)
  • a $400 travel/food stipend!
  • complimentary hotel room in the conference hotel
  • complimentary 1-year Emerging Professional membership in the Museum Computer Network! :-)
  • plus... a Cocktail Meet & Greet for Scholarship Recipients (great networking)

So, yes, we are super-stoked. As an independent, unaffiliated Citizen Science project, this kind of support means everything to us. THANK YOU MCN FOLKS! :D :D We will see y'all in Dallas!!!