Last Week of UNC CAUSE… Let’s do this!

We are in our 3rd and final week of 2020 UNC CAUSE! Now is your last chance to register and connect with nearly 1,000 IT colleagues across the UNC System who have registered for the conference! Check the Schedule to see this week’s sessions.

Recordings Now Available

Recordings of the first two weeks are now available! Sign in to Sched, select your session, and click the “Video Stream” button to play the recording. Transcripts will be available by the end of this month.

Connect with Colleagues

UNC CAUSE wouldn’t be complete without a game night. Come relax with your peers for some lighthearted entertainment at our informal game night on Wednesday 10/21 from 7 – 11 PM ET. Connect with fellow gamers on the UNC CAUSE Social hangout on Discord!

Don’t forget about connecting on Slack to expand on session topics and to participate in the Social Hour each conference day at 4 PM ET!

Last Minute Updates!

We wanted to provide clarification that gaining access to the Zoom links within Sched requires two things:

  1. That a user has individually registered for the 2020 UNC CAUSE Conference here: https://2020.unccause.org/registration
  2. That a user received an invite to the event through Sched.  This invite is sent AFTER registration at the link above and we will manually initiate as necessary. 

If you have registered for the conference and have received your Sched invitation:

  1. Click on the “Video Stream” button in each session and register for each session you’d like to attend
  2. You will be immediately presented with the Zoom link and session details, you also will receive an email with the details.

Welcome to 2020 UNC CAUSE

2020 UNC CAUSE is about to begin! We’ll start with our Keynote at 10AM ET on October 6th. Remember the conference will be held through Zoom this year over a 3-week period from October 6-22. You must log in to Sched and then register for each Zoom session you wish to attend (look for “Video Stream“). To help you get familiar with the virtual format, watch this quick Welcome Video featuring Zach Phillips, this year’s event Co-Chair:

Visit the FAQs if you have any questions about joining sessions, finding out what SIG or unconference means, presenter information, and more!

Connect with IT Colleagues at UNC CAUSE

We may not be in person this year but there are plenty of ways to connect! Join us at these designated times each conference day:

See all the ways to connect this year. We can’t wait to see you all!

Tag us on Twitter! #UNCCAUSE2020

Access 2020 UNC CAUSE on Sched & Zoom

2020 UNC CAUSE begins in two weeks! Don’t forget the conference is held virtually this year from October 6th – 22nd. Here are details on conference logistics!

You will currently see a “LIMITED” notification next to each session on the Schedule, which uses the Sched platform. This is to securely limit Zoom links to conference registrants only. We will invite new registrants to Sched by noon each weekday.

Here are all the steps that must happen for you to access the full 2020 UNC CAUSE Schedule on Sched and join sessions over Zoom:

  1. Register for 2020 UNC CAUSE
  2. Wait to receive the Sched invitation email (sent by 12PM ET each weekday)
  3. Once invited to Sched, sign up or log in to your existing Sched account on the Schedule (must use conference registration email)
  4. After logging in to Sched, select a session and click on “Video Stream” to register for the Zoom session. You must register for each Zoom session you’d like to attend.

If you have any issues accessing Sched or Zoom after following these four steps, please reach out to us at conference@unccause.org.

2020 Schedule is now available!

We’re pleased to present this year’s conference schedule!

As a reminder, in lieu of our traditional 3-day in-person event, we will be hosting UNC CAUSE as a series of virtual events over a three-week span beginning October 6th and running until October 22nd.

You’ll notice that Sched lists capacity for each session as “limited.” This is because registration will be required for each session in order to allow UNC CAUSE coordinators to share Zoom links securely and privately.

Links to the Zoom sessions for each conference event will be posted on the schedule through the Sched platform. All currently registered attendees will be invited to Sched in order to gain access to the Sched event details complete with Zoom registration links. More information will be sent out asap regarding accessing Zoom sessions and conference logistics. If you have not already done so, please register for the conference so that you can receive all the upcoming information.

UNC CAUSE August Updates & Format Announcement

We wanted to provide more details of our revised UNC CAUSE virtual format planned for this fall. In lieu of our traditional, 3-day in-person event, we will be hosting UNC CAUSE as a series of virtual events over a three-week span beginning October 6th and running until October 22nd.

We chose this format in response to what we were hearing from each of the UNC System schools, combined with the modified working realities many are facing coming into the fall semester.

Conference Dates

The conference will be live on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of each week with a consistent schedule of events.

  • Week 1: October 6-8
  • Week 2: October 13-15
  • Week 3: October 20-22

Why this approach?

We know many of you who plan to attend will be juggling work and personal responsibilities. Instead of someone potentially missing the entire conference due to one busy work week, we decided to extend the conference window. We also don’t feel that the density of events we typically see at the in-person conference will work well in an online format.

By stretching the event over three weeks, we hope more people can participate and find time to attend sessions on topics they enjoy, while engaging in community events with peers across the system. Users will have plenty of time over the three-week conference to join in, and we specifically wanted to avoid the fatigue that can come from a dense video conference schedule.

Delivery Format and Sessions

To bring the conference online, we will use a combination of standard Zoom video meetings and Zoom Webinar sessions. After thorough discussion, this seemed the most familiar option in use across the UNC System, and we have plenty of volunteers with administration experience.

For our user-led presentation sessions, we will be keeping our traditional 45-minute session format. We will also provide full-length slots for Special Interest Group meetings, UnConference sessions for emergent topic discussion, and vendor presentation slots to help provide a full conference experience.

Registration & Schedule

As a reminder, the costs to attend the 2020 UNC CAUSE Conference are being handled at the university level this year, and nearly every UNC System school has paid thus far.

Though this year’s event is virtual we are still asking that attendees register individually! We need this information to help us focus on topics of interest and will use registration emails to share the Zoom session links. Please complete the registration process today!

Vendor Registration 2021

Those who submitted presentation proposals will be contacted soon with further details from our proposal team, and a full schedule of events will be published shortly!

Thanks for everyone’s feedback and support through this transition, and we look forward to seeing everyone in October!

Rates & Registration Updates

With the ongoing changes and virtual format, this year’s conference team and UNC CAUSE Board members have been evaluating how to best handle registration and fees for 2020 UNC CAUSE.

Given that this is a challenging time for all, we have elected to change to a one-time, per-institution registration fee to provide more manageable costs and to make it easier for people to attend the virtual conference.  

We are still asking that individual attendees to register!
Though this year’s event is virtual we need registration information to help us focus on topics of interest and will use registration emails to share the Zoom session links. Please complete the registration process today!

NEW 2020 UNC CAUSE Rates

  • $500 Rate – Campuses with > 10,000 students
  • $100 Rate – Campuses with < 10,000 students 

Click here to go to the Registration Page for more information about how to proceed and where to follow up on any questions.


Proposal Extension

We understand that concerns over COVID-19 and an in-person conference may have kept people away from submitting this year, so we are providing one final extension for proposals.  Proposals can now be submitted until July 31st! We hope that the change to a virtual format has made this decision easier for many of you, and we look forward to additional submissions.

After reviewing the current submissions, we are highly interested in presentations around the topics of:

  • Innovation
  • Customer Support & Engagement
  • Leadership & Professional Development

If you feel you may have an interesting presentation that you would be willing to share with your peers across the UNC System, we strongly encourage you to apply today!

Submit Proposal

Virtual Conference

Conference Update

Due to the continuing circumstances around statewide travel policies and in response to Fall semester plans released by many of the UNC System schools, the conference planning team has made the decision to move the 2020 UNC CAUSE conference to a virtual format.

We are still in the early stages of the transition and we are exploring options to maximize the value of the conference through remote delivery. Pending some additional feedback from stakeholders, we plan to have details out soon regarding format and availability.

Presenters Wanted!

For those interested in presenting, we are utilizing the existing submission platform for submissions in a virtual format. Now that we are formally switching to remote delivery, we want to encourage anyone who may have held off submitting a presentation due to concerns over an in-person conference to sign up for a virtual presenter spot.

Submit Proposal

The conference is expected to return to its regular in-person format for 2021, and we hope to share more information about this soon. We want to thank everyone who has provided feedback and support for this decision and the conference planning team is excited to host the first ever virtual UNC CAUSE! 

Call for Proposals is open

The 2020 UNC CAUSE Call for Proposals is now open! This year’s conference will be held virtually. To submit a proposal and learn more about this year’s conference, please visit: https://2020.unccause.org/call-for-proposals/.

The deadline for proposal submission is Tuesday, June 30th 2020.

We are accepting proposals within the following conference tracks.

Session Categories

  • Customer Support & Engagement
  • Infrastructure & Operations
  • Innovation
  • Leadership & Professional Development
  • Security & Compliance
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Special Interest Group sessions
  • Vendor sessions

This year has been full of opportunities for UNC System schools to blaze trails and develop amazing solutions that have helped our institutions maintain momentum during a global crisis. Let’s hear about it! Do you have a tip or trick you’ve been working on, but you think it might be useful to a smaller crowd? Propose a “lightning talk!” Did you collaborate with colleagues at other institutions? Consider a panel discussion! Maybe you participated in a poster session and you’d like to share it? Our goal is to encourage content in any form, and our Program Committee will be working to be more flexible about content types for this year’s schedule.

We look forward to this year’s submissions and are excited to see what’s to come. Please keep an eye on https://2020.unccause.org/ for the latest information regarding the conference, including updates on COVID-19.

UNC CAUSE is continuing a permanent, multi-year theme of More than a Conference. The planning committee for this year’s conference would like attendees to focus on networking and building relationships with attendees from other universities to keep the conversation going all year. After all, that’s what UNC CAUSE is all about!