Call for Contributions
Digital Architecture Design Day 2020

Dealing with (Natural) Disruption: Building Resilient Organizations & Systems

Adapting to changing circumstances has become more and more important over the last years. Especially now we see the value of the ability to quickly scale up or down your cost in relation to the revenue, to make sure your organization can continue to function with people working remotely and to change your business model and re-think the way you are operating. This calls for great creativity and flexibility of the people in an organization, but also for robustness in the design of organizations and their supporting systems.

In this year’s edition of DADD we focus on what it means to be resilient and what is needed to achieve such goals.

We are specifically looking for contributions addressing the following schemes.

  • Soft skills: under conditions of uncertainty and (potential) disruptions, it is key that professionals know how to collaborate and make a change when the pressure is on. Soft skills are an essential ingredient to do so effectively.
  • Business continuity: when disruptive changes occur, organizations cannot simply close shop for a while to reorient themselves on the new reality. Being able to adapt and change continually is a key capability for guaranteeing business continuity. This implies that business continuity goals should be an important driver for architects and decision makers alike.
  • Operating resilient systems: more and more systems are being moved to the cloud or (re) designed based on Cloud-Native principles. This enables to more easily scale up/down when demand changes, continuously deliver new functionality and deliver high availability. Using the right platforms allows organizations to focus on their core competencies to add business value. When multiple systems come into play, the overall robustness is still a challenge. Several good patterns and practices are available to help tackle this complexity and make your systems more resilient.
  • Top technology trends: new technologies are said to (briefly) offer competitive advantage. But, when everyone implements these technologies, how sustainable is this advantage? How can organizations prepare for the future by learning from trendsetters? What are the key trends with which you can differentiate today?
  • Managing and valorising data: data rules the world and is an important asset for both organizations and individuals. How can organizations and individuals master their data and create value with it? And how do we balance concerns between the two? For architects the key is to design robust data infrastructures that enable solutions that do justice to both perspectives.

Visit this page to read the full theme descriptions. 

Type of contributions
We are looking for a good variety in types of contributions. Each session is given a 45 minute time slot. If you need more time, you can opt for a 90-minute time window. With this 90-minute option we would also like to receive a proposal of your format, which should include a lot of interaction with the audience. Please note that there are limited time slots, and we cannot guarantee that we can meet your request for more time.

Types of contributions we are looking for:

  • Hands-on sessions / workshops
  • Presentations
  • Experiments
  • Discussion Panels
  • Open Spaces
  • 90-minute interactive sessions

We aim for a divers program, which includes different types of sessions. Therefore we challenge you to be creative about the format of your session.

Please note that we have limited the amount of speakers to a maximum of two speakers per session.

Type of content
We value content that can be applied by attendees in practice. This means we will not accept commercial or sales-oriented presentations, we prefer practical applications over mere concept or theory. Are you unsure if your proposal would fit the program? Then please contact the programme committee at

The submission for the call for contributions will close on June 15th. The program committee will review the contributions on content and relation to the conference theme. You will receive a notification of acceptance no later than July 1st.