Honolulu, Hawai‘i October 9-12

What Happens at EPIC?

EPIC offers a diverse, inclusive program that gives our community many ways to share work and ideas. Through formal presentations, interactive sessions, and informal networking opportunities, attendees access global expertise, gain new skills skills, and make the invaluable connections that have transformed EPIC into an essential, year-round community.

Read on for an overview of this year’s session formats and some video examples. You can also explore 13 years of conference papers in our open-access library, and EPIC Members can access four years of conference video on demand.

Case Studies

Go to EPIC2018 Case Study Sessions // Case Studies are real-world examples of how ethnographic and aligned approaches are used to address a specific product, service, project, or organizational issue. They come from business, not-for-profit, and public-sector contexts. Given this year’s theme, EPIC 2018 will feature case studies from ethnographers solving problems in a human-centered way, from data scientists finding new ways to operationalize and/or contextualize data, and from practitioners using multiple methods to apply a humanistic approach wherever it is needed. Read more about EPIC case studies here and here. Case Studies are published in the open access journal EPIC Proceedings within EPIC’s online library and by Wiley-Blackwell. Here’s Sue Faulkner (Intel) presenting a case study at EPIC2017:


Go to the EPIC2018 Film Session // Film screenings and talks by their creators explore the many creative ways ethnographic practitioners have used moving images (as opposed to other visual imagery like static diagrams, infographics and photography) to interpret data, share insights, and tell the stories of their work. This session will showcase these forays in visual storytelling by screening examples and discussing the limits and possibilities of the form.


Go to EPIC2018 Gallery Installations // Evidence can come in written, oral, visual, or three-dimensional form. From design artifacts, interactive data visualizations, photographic collages, or even installations, the Gallery will display examples of the many possible forms of evidence.


Go to EPIC2018 Paper Sessions // Papers advance our field with new developments that emphasize the interplay between theory and practice. They expand our community’s knowledge base, reflect constructively on theoretical concerns, and/or present methodological advances. Papers are original works selected through a highly competitive double-blind peer review process conducted by an independent Papers Committee, and accepted authors review and revise drafts under the guidance of session curators. Accepted papers are published in the open access journal EPIC Proceedings within EPIC’s online library and by Wiley-Blackwell. Here’s Erin Taylor (Canela Consulting) presenting a paper at EPIC2017:

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Go to EPIC2018 PechaKucha Sessions // PechaKucha (pronounced: “peh-cha-ku-cha”) presentations are captivating performances of 20 image-rich slides that show for 20 seconds each. They convey insights and questions that are unique and profound—offering some of the most memorable moments of the conference for EPIC attendees. EPIC Members can watch PechaKuchas from past conferences on demand in our video library. For a taste of these stirring presentations, check out this PechaKucha presentation by Paul Ratliff:


Go to the EPIC2018 Salon Program // In Salons, conference attendees gather in an intimate setting with an inspiring host for lively discussion of pressing topics. Commonly associated with French literary and philosophical movements of the 17th and 18th centuries, Salons were initiated at EPIC to make room for discussion across subdisciplines, experience levels, and institutional differences. The spontaneity of interactions and serendipitous connections participants create at Salons make these events a conference favorite.


Go to the EPIC2018 Tutorials Program // Tutorials offer attendees the opportunity to expand their knowledge, skills and techniques by learning from experts in our community. Formats range from lecture and demonstration to hands-on exercises and activities. This year, EPIC will offer an expanded lineup of tutorials to help newcomers to ethnography ramp up on key skills, and to help seasoned practitioners try out experimental methods. Tutorials are limited to around 20 participants each, open only to EPIC2018 attendees, and require separate registration. EPIC Members can access videos from selected tutorials on demand.