CivicActions’ 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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