[...] sign in and enter the [Flash-based] virtual meeting space. Once you are signed in, you'll be able to see and hear the presentations as they happen, ask questions as needed and chat with the other attendees if you like!Additionally, tickets include acess to slides and video recordings of the talks.
BenefitsBenefits compared to offline conferences. The main benefit of an online conference is that one doesn’t have to travel to attend. In fact, one doesn’t even have to leave one’s home. The audience benefits twice: First, it’s more pleasant for them. Second, the chance of good speakers attending increases, as they don’t have to travel, either. Another benefit of online conferences is that their locations are virtual – large audiences can be accommodated cheaply. That’s good for organizers (more money), but also for attendees (easier to get tickets).
Benefits compared to watching videos. One question is important: Why wouldn’t you simply watch free videos and save your money? There are two aspects of an online conference that elevate it above watching videos on your own:
- You can interact with the speakers.
- You can interact with other members of the audience. I’m not sure how useful that is and how well it scales up to large audiences, but it might contribute to the conference feeling like an event.
Federated conferencesSocial interaction has become the most important part of offline conferences for me. That part does not translate well to online conferences.