This year I had the pleasure of attending CSCW 2010 in Savannah, GA as the first author and presenter of a paper titled, "Lessons from ThoughtSwap-ing: Increasing participants' coordinative agency in co-located discussion" While this wasn't my first conference experience, it was one of the first times I presented my own work to such a large and prestigious audience. At CSCW I had the opportunity to promote my work and engage with other researchers with similar interests. There were several people who seemed interested in learning more about the ThoughtSwap system itself, perhaps even using it in the future, and even more participants who offered advice and asked questions that will help me think about future development and research on the ThoughtSwap project. What I particularly enjoyed about the CSCW conference was that I not only got a chance to interact with established researchers in the CSCW field but also graduate students, such as myself, that could potentially be future collaborators on projects and ideas.
Computer Supported Cooperative Work 2010