So, the ReForum is going virtual: July 14-16.
We started out postponing our already-planned conference, just three weeks before it was supposed to happen. Then, as we looked at how things were changing, we wondered if people would come to a fall conference or if we would still be practising physical distancing by then. It seemed likely, so then we started thinking about switching to an entirely virtual event.
To me, in-person conferences are the way to go. Catching up with colleagues, getting inspired by a good keynote speaker, meeting new people, picking up ideas — all better in person. We have every intention that future ReForums will physically bring people together.
But, for 2020, we will try something new. There will be a Conference Lobby where people can see the conference schedule, what is currently going on and what is coming up that day. The days are shorter, about 4.5 hours, and some of the sessions are shorter as well. People can interact in virtual rooms during breaks and networking/social times.
So what is better about a virtual event? People don’t have to travel to get to it. It takes less time, and maybe people will participate who wouldn’t have otherwise. Similarly, for speakers, the travel time is removed. The sessions will be recorded, so if you miss one, you can catch it later. This is a good one for people who dislike concurrent sessions … no missing out.
We don’t know how it will turn out. And so, it will be an adventure … join us?