πŸ’¬ Taking conferences online during the pandemic

Replied to Taking conferences online during the pandemic by Oliver Quinlan

Tips we learned for running an online conference:

  • Have a very clear programmeΒ with all the timings, URLs to access resources and meeting spaces.
  • Stick to timings and chair ruthlessly – it can really mess things up if people in different spaces are not synchronised, and if things start to drag then engagement drops more quickly online.
  • Run a staffed green room for presenters – it worked so well getting everyone prepared and ready to transition smoothly between presentations.
  • Have plenty of staff to helpΒ with any technical challenges or people who need help.
  • Have a staff backchannelΒ to co-ordinate and discuss issues away from the content. We used our organisation’s Slack instance.
Thank you for the breakdown of your experience Oliver. I really like the idea of a virtual green room, even though it seems obvious it is not something that I have seen discussed. It was also interesting the way in which things were mixed up to accommodate the move online, such as moving the keynote.

Guess no one knows what the future may hold, however it will be interesting to see what sticks long term.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *