Our goal

Make virtual conferences so good that people choose virtual over physical.

Clowdr is a complete solution for hosting virtual conferences, designed and built by conference organisers. It seamlessly combines your structured program of presentations and exhibitions with social events and with text and video chat. As we learn about best practices for virtual conferences, we build them into the open source Clowdr platform for the benefit of the whole community.

Clowdr started at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic when Crista, Jonathan, and Benjamin — professors of Computer Science and experienced conference organisers — realised a rapid solution was needed for organising Association for Computing Machinery conferences.

Beginning as a stop-gap measure for two flagship software engineering and programming languages conferences ICSE and PLDI, Clowdr received funding from the US National Science Foundation, allowing it to evolve to meet the needs of ICFP, CSCW and numerous other conferences throughout the summer and autumn.

The platform has grown dramatically, and has quickly become a thriving open source project with features that rival its commercial competitors. After ICFP, our project found several new contributors. Now, those contributors include the CEO and CTO of Clowdr CIC - a UK-based Community Interest Company founded to continue open source development of Clowdr and provide support to conference organisers.

A CIC is similar to a US public benefit corporation. The corporate structure and UK regulation ensure that Clowdr remains open source and for the benefit of the community. The company is required to reinvest almost all of its revenue into improving the platform and thereby serving the academic community it came from.

Clowdr CIC is here to support conference organisers in these difficult times. If you just want a zero-effort way to run a virtual conference, we can provide a completely managed service: we'll load in your conference program, handle A/V production, and provide expert advice.

If you want to host the platform yourself, we are here to provide technical support and advice.

Or if you want to really push the envelope of what is possible, we can turn your ideas into features of the Clowdr platform. Automatic postings to announce talks on social media? Visualising the proceedings? Custom live video streams? Integration with VR environments? These are just some of the things we're thinking about.

Meet the team

© Clowdr CIC 2020

Clowdr is a social enterprise dedicated to creating sustainable, inclusive and engaging conferences.

Clowdr is a Community Interest Company, number 12984216.

Clowdr is made possible thanks to support by the National Science Foundation under awards CCF-2035003, CCF-2035101 and CCF-203500 and support from Twilio.org.

Our goal

Make virtual conferences so good that people choose virtual over physical.

Clowdr is a complete solution for hosting virtual conferences, designed and built by conference organisers. It seamlessly combines your structured program of presentations and exhibitions with social events and with text and video chat. As we learn about best practices for virtual conferences, we build them into the open source Clowdr platform for the benefit of the whole community.

Clowdr started at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic when Crista, Jonathan, and Benjamin — professors of Computer Science and experienced conference organisers — realised a rapid solution was needed for organising Association for Computing Machinery conferences.

Beginning as a stop-gap measure for two flagship software engineering and programming languages conferences ICSE and PLDI, Clowdr received funding from the US National Science Foundation, allowing it to evolve to meet the needs of ICFP, CSCW and numerous other conferences throughout the summer and autumn.

The platform has grown dramatically, and has quickly become a thriving open source project with features that rival its commercial competitors. After ICFP, our project found several new contributors. Now, those contributors include the CEO and CTO of Clowdr CIC - a UK-based Community Interest Company founded to continue open source development of Clowdr and provide support to conference organisers.

A CIC is similar to a US public benefit corporation. The corporate structure and UK regulation ensure that Clowdr remains open source and for the benefit of the community. The company is required to reinvest almost all of its revenue into improving the platform and thereby serving the academic community it came from.

Clowdr CIC is here to support conference organisers in these difficult times. If you just want a zero-effort way to run a virtual conference, we can provide a completely managed service: we'll load in your conference program, handle A/V production, and provide expert advice.

If you want to host the platform yourself, we are here to provide technical support and advice.

Or if you want to really push the envelope of what is possible, we can turn your ideas into features of the Clowdr platform. Automatic postings to announce talks on social media? Visualising the proceedings? Custom live video streams? Integration with VR environments? These are just some of the things we're thinking about.

Meet the team

© Clowdr CIC 2020

Clowdr is a social enterprise dedicated to creating sustainable, inclusive and engaging conferences.

Clowdr is a Community Interest Company, number 12984216.

Clowdr is made possible thanks to support by the National Science Foundation under awards CCF-2035003, CCF-2035101 and CCF-203500 and support from Twilio.org.