Today, we want to tell you more about our online event — what you have to do to join, the program and features we have prepared for you and what you can do on the platform apart from watching the talks.
The first day of this year’s edition of FOSS Backstage will take place fully online, and the second day will be live streamed as well.
How to join
To join the online conference just click your personalized access link in your confirmation email of your ticket. If you can’t find your ticket, just click this link, and we will resend your access codes.
Our online platform runs completly in your web browser — no need to install additional software. But please make sure that you use the latest version of a modern browser such as Chrome or Firefox.
Once you have joined our online platform, you will see a navigation area on the left side of your screen where you can choose between the different areas and stages, on which the talks will be streamed. This year, we have three stages, each with a separate chat and question tab. Here, you can ask the speaker questions, or upvote questions asked by others. At the end of each sessions, a moderator will relay some of those questions to the speaker.
We will also provide break-out rooms after each sessions, where you can meet up with the speaker and fellow attendees to ask questions or discuss the session further. Think of it as a sort of meet & greet — a short opportunity to connect and talk in an informal setting.
We will also provide dedicated workshop rooms for interactive sessions.
Apart from the chat and the break-out sessions, we have other ways to communicate and socialize with other attendees.
During the breaks, you will have the opportunity to participate in speed-networking, to connect with fellow attendees or speakers. After you joined the speed-networking area, you will be randomly connected to another attendee in an 1:1 video session, where you can remain until one of the participants chooses to end the call.
You can of course also initiate chats and video calls with others directly by going to the attendees tab and searching for a specific person.
In the evening you will be able to meet up in Spatial Chat, which is a group video chat that lets you move around the virtual space and join conversations. The closer you move to people in the space the louder they become, chat in a group or move away to have more private conversations. You can find out more about spatial chat here.
We are looking forward to meeting all of you March 17-18th! If you have any questions left, please don’t hesitate to contact us at email@example.com