Lessons learned from hosting a virtual conference

MediumCivicActions’ Melinda Burgess, Elizabeth Raley, and Robert L. Read (along with a stellar group of volunteers) organized and hosted a virtual conference around the adoption of agile methods in government.

The conference aimed to inform and inspire, but also to forge real human connection among members of the agile government community.

The event organizers share their learnings, tips, and tools for creating a virtual environment that leaves the audience feeling like they were part of a “real” conference — not just a plain ol’ webinar.

From the article:

Slack turned out to be super valuable both in the planning and execution of the conference … [W]e formed conference-specific channels for internal operations, public conversation, and behind-the-scenes communication with speakers during the conference.

The public Slack channel was used to build excitement beforehand and provide resources for how to navigate the conference. It also served as a group chat for all attendees, creating that “hallway conversation” feeling and sparking discussion that continued beyond the conference. (Bonus: we continued to “feed” this Slack community and will continue to use it as an outreach strategy for our organization.)

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About the Author:

Melinda is a writer and content strategist who joined CivicActions in 2015 to help get all the right words into all the right places. She loves using storytelling to highlight the value of civic tech in the lives of citizens, bringing out the heart and soul behind the digital transformation projects that make the world a better place. She is responsible for content creation, editing, research, publication, organization, and promotion on a variety of web and social media platforms — ensuring that content is user-friendly and relevant.

Melinda brings bright enthusiasm and a passion for humanity to every project. Whether helping a technologist transfer a concept into laymen’s terms or crafting a story about a project achievement, she is happiest when someone exclaims, “That is exactly what I was trying to say!”  

In conjunction with her work at CivicActions, Melinda has provided project management, content strategy, and administration efforts for Agile Government Leadership (AGL), a community of civic professionals promoting the use of agile methods in government. She also helps foster community engagement and provides engaging content for the DKAN open data project.

Prior to joining CivicActions, Melinda was a freelance writer and content strategist for a variety of clients in the civic tech space, including DotGov (providing mobile apps to governments), PageFreezer (providing website and social media archiving to agencies), and Urban Interactive Studio (providing outreach and engagement tools for public processes).

Melinda is currently living in an Airstream motorhome with her partner and three young kids, adventuring around the U.S.A. and seeking out as many trees and oceans as possible. She has a deep appreciation for avocados, her kids’ artwork, Instagram, clever science-y blogs with stick figure illustrations, and craft beer.