Higher Education

Tuesday, Nov. 7

Is the era of simplicity in digital leadership approaching within the realm of higher education? We face significant challenges, such as digital sustainability, accessibility, and privacy, all while grappling with familiar obstacles like content chaos, governance, and multi-channel campaigns.

This year's higher education track offers a comprehensive one-day conference dedicated to addressing these critical challenges that digital leaders in higher education encounter. It also provides a valuable networking opportunity, allowing participants to connect with peers from around the world.

With the support of the Boye peer groups, we have this year gathered esteemed speakers from Ireland, Sweden and Denmark who will share their experiences and vision for the future of higher education.

While three other tracks will be taking place simultaneously, you can take advantage of breaks, plenary sessions, and popular evening social events to broaden your perspective and engage in conversations with peers from different industries. If you have the time, consider arriving a day or two early to attend the two additional conference days. This is an exceptional chance to learn from a diverse community of peers and establish meaningful connections that will contribute to your professional growth. Don't miss out on this opportunity!

8.00 - 9.00

Breakfast & Registration
The conversation starts at breakfast. Have one or several cups of coffee and get a great start to the rest of the day.

9.00 - 9.15

Welcome to the conference by our host Janus Boye

9.15 - 10.30


Collaboration is the University’s approach to social media management as a large public sector organisation.

This involves fostering collaborative relationships with colleagues across all areas, academic and administrative,  and building relationships with current and prospective students, which enables us to engage with the University's wide range of diverse audiences.

We will discuss how and why this approach is implemented within Trinity College Dublin.  

10.30 - 10.45

Coffee, tea & networking

10.45 - 12.00

When a simple new app feature isn't so simple

How does internal product management work in a higher ed environment?

We'll walk through a retrospective of a "simple" new information screen for the LSE student app that launched this September -- from identifying a gap, technical collaboration, and what happened with real life users when we released the feature at the busiest time of the year.

Get ready for the stakeholders, silos, and surprises we encountered along the way!

12.00 - 13.00


13.00 - 14.15

A Collaborative Framework for Managing IT Innovation at Aarhus University

Drawing upon extensive experience from both the private and public sectors, this talk is geared towards IT professionals, leaders, and enthusiasts who are keen on fostering innovation within large-scale organizations. Discover practical insights on constructing a conducive environment that empowers cross-functional, self-managed teams to thrive amidst the complexities and challenges of bureaucratic and political landscapes.

In this session, we will unveil a simple yet powerful framework that enables these dynamic teams to deliver exceptional value across various organizational echelons. Participants are encouraged to engage, as there will be opportunities for interaction and discussion to enrich the learning experience.

Taking Malmö University´s websites to new digital levels

Malmö University´s web sites have undergone huge development steps the past years.

Now the focus is shifting and the web team at the university will take on challenges regarding how to improve usability and user experience, how to be even better at accessibility and, last but not least, how to take huge but realistic steps towards a new intranet.

In this presentation you will also learn about the strategic choices and challenges with websites at the forefront of the digital experience for the university´s audiences.

Download slides (PPT)

14.15 - 14.45

Coffee, tea & networking

14.45 - 15.45

Future-proofing the web platform

How do you pick a new CMS for a university website?

The University of Copenhagen recently started building the ‘next’ platform for their website. Ahead of this was a process for selecting a CMS, scoping the project, and discussions on future-proofing the platform.

Should we choose a all-in-one-solution from a vendor? An open source platform? Should we develop some of it inhouse? And what about the content?

Get an overview of the steps in the process, the criteria and discussions and surprises along the way.

15.45 - 16.00

Wrap-up & key learnings

16.00 - 16.15

Coffee, tea & networking

16.15 - 17.00

Keynote: Leading digital

In an era of unprecedented change, the role of digital teams has never been more crucial.

Let's look at how to lead that change effectively, whatever your role.

Specifically, we'll cover how you can play your part:

  • guiding digital teams towards a shared vision that aligns with your organisation's overarching goals
  • fostering an environment of creativity, collaboration, and innovation
  • empowering colleagues to deliver and drive transformative initiatives

17.10 - 18.30

Informal city walk
Meet at the registration desk for a small guided tour of Aarhus
Highlights include Hesitation of Light, former Gestapo HQ, Latin Quarter, Endless Connections, Magic Mushrooms, and the famous Rainbow Panorama.

18.30 - 22.00

Social Event: Conference Dinner
Location: Il Locale, Guldsmedgade

On the evening of Conference Day #1, everybody who has arrived in Aarhus is welcome to join us for an informal evening dinner in a nice setting.