The Midway

The Midway

Within ONA19 is the Midway, where attendees can learn about emerging technologies, be trained on practical tools to redefine and amplify their work, and hear from experts who can provide insight into important themes that are taking digital news to the next level.

The Midway is made up of two spaces: an exhibiting space that includes a spotlight on start-ups under two years old, and a programming area featuring thematic panel discussions and short demos.

Midway panels focus on topics of importance to the ONA community, with participants leading discussions in their areas of expertise. This year, we are allowing groups to opt out of speaking at the start of the process.

Demos are returning to the Midway this year, with some changes. Not all Midway participants will be able to have a featured demo; up to 10 groups will be selected based on auditions held over video chat in May.

ONA limits the Midway’s size to less than 35 total participants to ensure that the Midway fulfills its mission of inspiring new connections between media and technology. Organizations and companies interested in being a part of the Midway must be able to demonstrate:

  1. How attendees will interact with features in their space.
  2. What is new and different about those features.

Groups selected to participate must commit to have at least one representative present in their space during all Midway hours (unless presenting).

Groups not selected to participate in the Midway will be encouraged to take part in the ONA19 Exhibit Hall.

If you are interested in participating in the ONA19 Midway, please respond to the following questions no later than Friday, May 10, 2019. All applicants must participate in a video chat or phone call following their submission. The final list of Midway participants will be announced in late May.

Questions? Check out the Midway FAQs. Interested in discussing further before applying? Please contact Midway Producer Hanaa Rifaey at

Midway schedule coming soon