Conference sessions will take place in two parallel ‘rooms’. In technical terms two sets of webinars will run concurrently.  The links to the Zoom webinars will be added in the app a few hours in advance.

You’ll need to set up a Zoom account (for free) to access the webinars and the meeting rooms. This is required to keep the sessions secure, preventing any malign intrusion from outsiders or even hackers.  It’s a good idea to sign in with your email and a password, as opposed to using your Facebook or Google account.

By default, you will enter the webinars as an ‘attendee‘. This role allows you to listen and watch the presentation, send chat messages publicly or privately, as well as ask any questions (or upvote existing questions).  You will not be allowed to use your camera, share your screen, or use your microphone.

In each webinar room there will be a speaker (obviously) and a host (as a moderator).  Before the speaker starts the presentation, the host will pick a few attendees and promote them to ‘panelists‘.  As a panelist, your camera view will be displayed at the top of the screen, above the speaker. This is the virtual ‘front row’, to allow the speaker to have a semblance of a real audience, with real faces.  The host will rotate the panelists. If you do not wish to be seen, simply disable your camera during the webinars.

You can use the chat feature for general greetings, or you can send private chat messages to any other attendee (please remain professional, and refrain from any form of harassment).   For questions regarding the webinar’s content, please use the Q&A feature (on the bottom toolbar in Zoom).  If you see an existing question that you find relevant, you can upvote it.  At certain intervals or at the end of the webinar, the host will read out the most relevant questions and the speaker will answer them.

After the webinar you’ll receive a link where you can evaluate the session. (Or maybe you’ll receive one link after the last couple of webinars of the day finished.)