Bled eConference

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Bled eConference is an annual international conference on “e” (e-commerce, e-business, e-health, e-government, EDI, IOS, social networks, m-commerce etc.) attracting speakers and delegates from business and academia, government officials and IT providers from around the world.[1][2] The conference is organized by eCenter of University of Maribor Faculty of Organizational Sciences, Slovenia in cooperation with an international program committee,[3] currently counting ~55 members from ~22 countries worldwide. The program consists of Research Track, including peer reviewed research paper presentations, and Business Track, presenting panels, workshops and meetings. Since 2007 the program also includes René W. Wagenaar Prototype Bazaar dedicated to PhD and MsC students’ presentations of e-prototypes and business e-solutions.

It takes place in Bled, Slovenia.

Bled eConference is considered to be the world’s longest-running conference on “e”, established in 1988 by Jože Gričar, PhD.

Research Track[edit]

Bled eConference has featured research papers since its inception. A fully reviewed Research Track was established in 1995, running parallel tracks of 40-50 papers each year, with an acceptance rate around 50%. Since 1999, the Research Track has included an Outstanding Paper Award.

In 2006 Bled eConference has entered a strategic partnership with the journal, Electronic Markets.

The Research Volume of Bled eConference Proceedings is included in international AIS – Association of Information Systems Electronic Library[4] (since 2001) and since 2008 in Conference Proceedings Citation Index - an integrated index within Web of Science.[5]

Web 2.0 and social media will play a ver important part of the 2011 Bled eConference


Established in March 1988, conference started out as a consultation meeting on Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) for the representatives of Slovenian organizations. The meeting was initiated by Jože Gričar and organized by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia in Ljubljana. The Second consultation meeting on EDI was held in Bled, which later becomes a traditional venue of the event, and it was open to the broader public. 120 representatives from companies, banks and government attended the meeting to hear 19 submissions and see a live demonstration of a prototype solution for the electronic order exchange. The conference had opened for international participants in its third year, adding participants from USA, Austria, Japan and Poland to the program. In 1991 the consultation meeting grows into The International Electronic Data Interchange Conference with 260 participants from 15 countries and 56 research papers.

Conference edited its name again in 1993, adding Interorganizational Systems (IOS) to it. As the development trends indicated in 1997 the terms EDI and IOS in the conference's name were substituted with the term Electronic Commerce, also the conference recognized Bled as its traditional venue (10th Bled Electronic Commerce Conference). The last change to the conference's name was made in 2005, when the conference was renamed Bled eConference due to the broader research field presented at the conference each year.

List of Bled eConferences[edit]

Year Conference Title Theme Dates
1988 RIP – Računalniško izmenjavanje podatkov (1. posvetovanje) (in Slovene) March
1989 RIP – Računalniško izmenjavanje podatkov (2. posvetovanje) (in Slovene) June 20–21
1990 3rd EDI Conference / 3. Posvetovanje o računalniškem izmenjavanju podatkov (RIP) (in Slovene and English) June 4–5
1991 The 4th EDI Electronic Data Interchange Conference EDI: Business Strategy for 90s June 10–12
1992 The 5th International Electronic Data Interchange Conference Interorganizational Systems in the Global Environment September 3–5
1993 6th International Conference EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) & IOS (Interorganizational Systems) Strategic Systems in the Global Economy of the 90s June 7–9
1994 7th International EDI – IOS Conference Electronic Commerce Electronic Partnership June 6–8
1995 8th International Conference on EDI and Inter-Organizational Systems Electronic Commerce for Trade Efficiency June 5–7
1996 9th International Conference on EDI-IOS Electronic Commerce for Trade Efficiency and Effectiveness June 10–12
1997 10th Bled Electronic Commerce Conference Global business in practice June 22–23
1998 11th Bled Electronic Commerce Conference Electronic commerce in the information society June 8–10
1999 12th Bled Electronic Commerce Conference Global networked organizations June 7–9
2000 13th Bled Electronic Commerce Conference Electronic Commerce "The end of the beginning" June 19–21
2001 14th Bled Electronic Commerce Conference[6] e-Everything: e-Commerce, e-Government, e-Household, e-Democracy June 25–26
2002 15th Bled Electronic Commerce Conference[7] eReality: Constructing the eEconomy June 17–19
2003 16th Bled eCommerce Conference[8] eTransformation June 9–11
2004 17th Bled eCommerce Conference[9] eGlobal June 21–23
2005 18th Bled eConference[10] eIntegration in Action June 6–8
2006 19th Bled eConference[11] eValues June 5–7
2007 20th Bled eConference[12] eMergence: Merging and Emerging Technologies, Processes, and Institutions June 3–6
2008 21st Bled eConference[13] eCollaboration: Overcoming Boundaries Through Multi-Channel Interaction June 15–18
2009 22nd Bled eConference[14] eEnablement:Facilitating an Open, Effective and Representative eSociety June 14–17
2010 23rd Bled eConference[15] eTrust: Implications for the Individual, Enterprises and Society June 20–23
2011 24th Bled eConference[16] eFuture Creating Solutions for the Individual, Organisations and Society June 12–15
2012 25th Bled eConference[17] eDependability: Reliable and Trustworthy eStructures, eProcesses, eOperations and eServices for the Future June 17–20
2013 26th Bled eConference[18] eInnovation: Challenges and Impacts for Individuals, Organizations and Society June 9–13

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bled eConference Homepage
  2. ^ Ranked Conference List, Australian Research Council
  3. ^ Bled eConference 2010 Program Committee
  4. ^ AIS – Association of Information Systems Electronic Library
  5. ^ Conference Proceedings Citation Index, - an integrated index within Web of Science.
  6. ^ 14th Bled Electronic Commerce Conference, 2001.
  7. ^ 15th Bled Electronic Commerce Conference, 2002.
  8. ^ 16th Bled eCommerce Conference, 2003.
  9. ^ 17th Bled eCommerce Conference, 2004.
  10. ^ 18th Bled eConference, 2005.
  11. ^ 19th Bled eConference, 2006.
  12. ^ 20th Bled eConference, 2007.
  13. ^ 21st Bled eConference, 2008.
  14. ^ 22nd Bled eConference, 2009.
  15. ^ 23rd Bled eConference, 2010.
  16. ^ 24th Bled eConference, 2011.
  17. ^ 25th Bled eConference, 2012.
  18. ^ 26th Bled eConference, 2013.
  19. ^ 24th Bled eConference on YouTube, 2011.
  20. ^ 24th Bled eConference on YouTube, 2011.

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