When #AccessYVR suddenly had to turn into #AccessWWW sometime this past Spring, we wanted to make sure that your beloved Access Conference didn’t turn into just another webinar. So, while our amazing program sessions will take place in a Zoom call, we’ve also got tons of extracurricular programming to spice things up!
We’ve got something happening every day after the main program (except Friday, because we respect your weekday/weekend boundaries):
- Monday – we hope you’ve signed up for the Opening Reception in Gather.town!
- Tuesday – compete with your fellow libtech nerds to find out who is the trivia champ
- Wednesday – sign up to mentor someone or be.. menteed? mentoed? manateed?, then compete in online games or organize a virtual Pub Night call with your Access pals!
- Thursday – undo the previous three days of sitting with a yoga session
Bonus content & asynchronous activities
Don’t miss the sweet sweet content we have on during the breaks, including Second Life tours, a Cook-Along, Pet Meet and Greet, and Virtual Forest Bathing
Perhaps the most challenging part of holding an online conference is replicating the attendee experience of coming home with a whole bunch of pens, post-its, and stickers in your pockets. So, we made:
- Digital swag everyone can download!
- A small care package of physical swag, available to the first 200 registrants with a Canadian mailing address (sorry American friends, but it didn’t seem like a good time for us to add any extra burdens on your postal service)
Fun bonus stories
Finally, here are some ideas we considered and abandoned for various reasons. Feel free to attempt them at the next virtual conference you end up organizing!
- Hosting the whole shebang in Second Life
- Chat roulette-style virtual mingling!
- Mailing out conference snacks, such as vacuum-sealed pouches of guacamole
- Including a mysterious USB stick in each mailout. However, these weren’t going to be just any conference detritus — we found an eBay seller offering preposterously tiny ONE (1) MEGABYTE flash drives, which we gradually formed into a plan to include a bunch of minimal computing experiments on each mailer. Despite the seller asking outright if we were sure we wanted these when we placed an order for 200 pcs., as in his words, they were “almost useless,” we forged ahead.
Unfortunately, we did not test the USB sticks prior to September, and it turns out that the defect rate on a loose bag of 1MB USB sticks is virtually 100%. The joke’s on us; we failed to mail you garbage. However, we still have the results of our silly experiment, hosted here to delight and amaze you.