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INGRoup 2020 Conference & HACKmanATHON CFP (Deadline Feb 1)

  • 1.  INGRoup 2020 Conference & HACKmanATHON CFP (Deadline Feb 1)

    Posted 01-23-2020 14:12

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    Less than two weeks until the 2020 INGRoup Conference and HACKmanATHON submission deadlines (Feb 1)!


    Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research (INGRoup)
    15th Annual Conference
    July 30 - August 1, 2020
    Hyatt Regency Bellevue
    900 Bellevue Way NE
    Bellevue, WA 98004


    The Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research (INGRoup) was created to provide a context for scholars to: (1) promote communication about groups and teams research across fields and nations, (2) advance understanding about group dynamics through research, (3) advance theory and methods for understanding groups and teams, and (4) promote interdisciplinary research.

    The 15th Annual INGRoup Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue in Bellevue (Seattle), WA, so scholars across disciplines can come together, share information, and learn from one another. The conference program will include paper, poster, symposia, and panel sessions, and a business meeting open to all members so the future of INGRoup can be collectively planned and shaped. 



    Submissions must be received by Saturday, February 1, 2020 (11:59 p.m. EST) via the online system accessible on starting November 1, 2019. Submissions that include participants from a variety of disciplinary traditions are highly encouraged. Scholars can be the presenting author on no more than two submissions, excluding poster submissions. Submissions that involve research previously presented at other conferences should not be identical to past presentations, and, most importantly, should be tailored to suit an interdisciplinary audience. By submitting, at least one co-author from each submission is firmly committed to register for and attend the conference upon acceptance. We accept full papers, extended abstracts, posters, symposia, and panels for consideration. Additionally, in order to facilitate the review process, all submitters are automatically included as reviewers.

    The full call for papers and more information about submissions requirements and the conference can be found" target="_blank" rel="noopener">" target="_blank" rel="noopener">.


    Questions about INGRoup or the 2020 Conference?

    For more information, please visit, or contact one of the following:

    • Deborah DiazGranados (Program Chair), Virginia Commonwealth University,
    • Michael Johnson (Local Arrangements Chair), University of Washington,
    • Steven Zaccaro (Chair and President), George Mason University,
    • Jessica Wildman (Vice President, Conference Coordinator), Florida Institute of Technology,


    Want to host a future INGRoup conference or learn more about the process? Send a message to or contact any board member. We have openings in 2022 and beyond!


    Third INGRoup "HACKmanATHON"
    Fifteenth Annual Conference
    July 30-August 1, 2020
    Hyatt Regency Bellevue
    Eastside of Seattle, Washington, USA

    We announce the third Annual Hackmanathon as an opportunity for INGRoupers to be more interactive and interdisciplinary during the annual conference. The theme this year is Increasing Connectedness while Managing Interruptions in Social Engagement Platforms for Virtual Teams.  

    Problem Summary

    When employees began telecommuting in the 1990s, researchers noticed a decrease in the informal communications that occur when group (and team) members pass each other in the hall or meet each other over the watercooler. These non-scheduled interactions were important not only in sharing informal information about work and projects but also in developing social relationships important for keeping the team connected. The relatively recent development of online collaborative platforms like Slack and Teams have shown promise in addressing this problem. However, these platforms are not without problems. The increase in online communication (e.g. emails) has led to a greater sense of being overloaded and to more interruptions which are known to have negative effects on individual performance and productivity. Further, we have growing evidence that multitasking which includes attending to the notices on social media reduces performance.  

    And this is where INGRoup and the Hackmanathon come in! We have partnered with leaders at Microsoft Teams to provide SMEs who experience both the facilitating function of these platforms AND the frustration that can arise from the interruptions. We hope our Hackmanathon teams will develop creative solutions to maximize the benefits of collaboration platforms while minimizing the negative effects of interruptions.

    Program Schedule

    • June 15: To help facilitate Hackmanathon teams with groups platforms, we will set participants up with accounts and "channels" on the Teams platform along with academic materials, ice breakers, and exercises to help participants understand the advantages and challenges of working in these environments.
    • Wednesday, July 29. The Hackmanathon will have a brief orientation session in the late afternoon. The orientation session will include description of the problem of group interactions and interruption challenges. In this session, teams will be given the specific task-related challenge they are to address.
    • Thursday, July 30. From 8 am until 4:30 (depending on when posters need to be set up) teams will be work throughout the day. A rule of participation is that Hackmanathon work is permitted only during these designated sessions.
    • Thursday night, July 30. Teams will present their solutions to the conference at the opening dinner. The winning team will be determined by voting of conference attendees.

    HACKmanATHON team members are expected to be present for all of these sessions. Please note that participation in this event will not count toward the limit of no more than two submissions to the program.

    For questions or further information please contact the Hackmanathon Chair, Anita Blanchard at


    You may submit either a core team, or as an individual to be added to a team. See the conference page on the INGRoup website ( for the full HACKmanATHON Call for Submissions.

    Send all submissions via email to Anita Blanchard, INGRoup Hackmanathon Chair, 2020 at by February 1, 2020, 23:00 EDT.

    Amanda L. Thayer, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor, Industrial/Organizational Psychology
    Secretary, INGRoup (Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research)
    Department of Psychology
    The University of Akron
    Akron, OH 44325-4301
    Office: 330.972.7018