HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
I'm virtually there
Rob Spiegel   7/18/2011 8:21:03 AM
NO RATINGS
Any idea, Doug, on how the virtual conference is shaping up compared to a hotel conference? As budgets stay trim, I would imagine it becomes more feasible to attend a virtual conference that doesn't require air fare and hotel rooms. With no Hershey Kisses in show booth bowls, will there still be ways for attendees to interact?

Beth Stackpole
User Rank
Blogger
Re: I'm virtually there
Beth Stackpole   7/18/2011 8:57:18 AM
NO RATINGS
I have to say, I've attended a bunch of these virtual conferences and from the standpoint of being able to view the presentations and get an overview of the technology, they're nearly on par with sitting in the auditorium hearing a live presentation. And you can't beat the time and productivity savings gleaned from not having to pick up and travel. What's still lacking, however, is that one-on-one, impromptu interaction you get with people--someone you happen to sit next to at lunch or that group debate overheard in the hallway. In my opinion, you still can't fully replicate that kind of finger-on-the-pulse intel of real-world conversations, but that's not always necessary. I think there's big power in the virtues of the virtual conference.

Matt Defosse
User Rank
Iron
Re: I'm virtually there
Matt Defosse   7/18/2011 9:40:48 AM
NO RATINGS
Hi Rob, Matt Defosse here from PlasticsToday; Doug forwarded your question to me.

The conference already is generating tremendous interest, both among potential attendees (registration is open) and potential sponsors who want to reach those attendees. It's shaping up to be a top-notch event, the first VE for the plastics industry, and of course there will be no problems with booking flights or hotel rooms.

I agree with Beth that virtual events, webinars and other online conferences will never replace the serendipity that can appear when you sit next to a person at an event and strike up a conversation. At the same time, it's often difficult to get questions answered at live events---the speakers exit too quickly after their presentation, they get surrounded by too many others, etc. With the virtual event, an attendee has the ability to send his questions directly to the speaker via an instant messaging tool. Good questions will likely get attention, as opposed to being the firstperson to crowd into a speaker's face after a presentation. And the cost cannot be beat. 

No Hershey Kisses but there will be contests and prizes. We look forward to welcoming you there. 

 

 

 



Partner Zone
Latest Analysis
The Soofa is an urban smart bench that provides mobile device charging as well as collects environmental information via wireless sensors.
Sciaky, provider of electron-beam additive manufacturing (EBAM) services, will start selling these machines commercially in September. The company has used its EBAM 3D printing technology for making very large, high-value, metal prototypes and production parts for aerospace and defense OEMs.
At this year’s Google I/O, the spotlight was pointed on gender inequality in the high-tech industry. Google has established a new initiative that it hopes will even out the playing field, Made w/Code. Part of this initiative will fund free online courses in basic coding.
Self-driving vehicle technology could grow rapidly over the next two decades, with nearly 95 million “autonomous-capable” cars being sold annually around the world by 2035, a new study predicts.
MIT’s Senseable City Lab recently announced the program’s next big project: “Local Warming.” The concept involves saving on energy by heating the occupants within a room, not the room itself.
More:Blogs|News
Design News Webinar Series
7/23/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
7/17/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
6/25/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
5/13/2014 10:00 a.m. California / 1:00 p.m. New York / 6:00 p.m. London
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Aug 4 - 8, Introduction to Linux Device Drivers
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Next Class: August 12 - 14
Sponsored by igus
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2014 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service