Like traditional face-to-face events, online conferences provide presentations by leading experts, interactive workshops, discussion forums, networking opportunities, and many other resources such as a library of articles and white papers on important topics.
An online conference is accessible using any standard web browser (e.g., Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox) and you may log in and participate at any time that fits your schedule, day or night.
The pre-recorded speaker and panel presentations that will be rolled out over the course of the three weeks may be viewed at any time (24/7) after they are introduced into the conference website.
Four interactive workshops will be broadcast live in the evenings during each week of the conference, and these may be either attended live (pre-registration required) or viewed as recordings after the actual event.
If you have registered for the conference, a few weeks before the conference site opens, you will receive an announcement with a complete schedule and also information about how to register for the live workshops.
A few days before the conference site opens (October 26), you will receive an email with the URL (internet address) for the conference website, and your login ID and password.
These notices, and all announcements about the conference, will come from this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. In order to prevent these notices going to your spam mailbox, we suggest placing this e-mail address in your e-mail address book. We ask, however, that you do not send any e-mail to this address, because it will simply disappear into cyberspace.
You can break up your time in the conference any way you like. We suggest that attendees look at the conference schedule and block out time on your personal calendar to listen to the welcomes and the keynote session, and the panels that you wish to hear. Then you can decide whether you also want to register for any of the live workshops.
Here are some specific estimates of how long these conference events will take:
Optionally, you can join in the discussions online about any of the conference events after you have viewed them. Or you can enjoy reading the discussions posted by others if you couldn't listen to a particular presentation. So you really do not need to miss anything, even if you can’t attend all of the events.