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MIRA (Makerspaces for Innovation and Research in Academics) Conference

Call For Proposals Now Open

Proposal Submission Deadline:  Mar 1, 2022

Notification of Acceptance:  Apr 25, 2022

Conference Registration Opens:  May 9, 2022




Submit proposals here:


The Makerspaces for Innovation and Research in Academics (MIRA) conference planning Committee seeks proposals for its fifth annual conference at the University of La Verne, La Verne, CA on July 13-14, 2022.


We will be monitoring the Covid situation closely and determine if the conference will be in-person, virtual or a hybrid format before opening registration. We appreciate your flexibility. 


The MIRA Conference seeks to bring together a group of makers, librarians, educators and practitioners for presentations, discussions and networking. We encourage participation from all types of makerspaces such as academic, community, museums, libraries (K-12, higher education, public, special), institutions, and organizations. 


We are seeking 20 minute presentations and 3 hour pre-conference sessions that can include ideas, experiences, original research, engaging discussion questions or activities. We especially welcome session proposals that are engaging and include audience participation activities. (Rubric:


We also welcome proposals from makerspace students. 


Sessions can include, but are not limited to, the following areas:


  • Assessment of makerspaces and making 
  • Managing, transitioning and reimagining makerspaces
  • Facilitating learning and engagement through making
  • Equity, diversity and inclusivity in makerspaces
  • Maker projects and concepts relating to machine learning, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and augmented reality


If you have any questions, contact Vinaya Tripuraneni, Planning Committee Chair, at