There are companies offering to provide a platform to reproduce face to face academic and trade conferences on line. But perhaps rethink what is useful and what participants value about a conference, rather than reproduce a physical one.
I have been impressed with EduTech Asia
's zoom based live webinars. These are very simple: an MC a panel of two or three speakers and plenty of time for questions. However, they clearly see this as just a stopgap to keep potential delegates and exhibitors connected until they can have a traditional event. Their first event is planned for November in Singapore, which I would be delighted to speak at it again
, but not if I have to spend two weeks in quarantine in Australia, on my return.
Also the Australian Computer Society has run two Hackerthons
, using Slack, Zoom, and the usual collaboration tools. What makes these effective is that they recruit a team of volunteers to be actively involved with participants. I was a mentor at the first and a lead mentor at the second. What also helps is having sponsors.
A conference is not just one thing. There is the chance for a trip somewhere. TALE 2019
had the attraction for me of visiting Yogyakarta
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