The conference was initiated as part of the EU funded MEDIACITY project at the Bauhaus-Universität, Weimar, with the first event with invited speakers in 2004, and a first main conference in 2006.

Following this initial success, and a second and third conference in Weimar in 2008 and 2010, it became a roving event taking place every two years in different cities around the world.

The fourth MediaCity conference was hosted at University of Buffalo in May 2013. Mediacity 4: Mediacities comprised of 35 peer reviewed conference paper presentations, 3 keynotes, 2 two-day workshops and an exhibition of 4 invited international artists.

There were approx. 150 attendees over the three-day duration of the conference. Conference attendees were international with Brazil, UK, USA, Ireland, Finland, Denmark, Australia, Germany, Japan the Netherlands and Turkey.