Although the conference is virtual, the Networking Hall offers the opportunity to make real connections and experience the feeling that everyone is in the same room. Each day at the tea and lunch breaks the Networking Hall will be open – think of it as a virtual alternative to the coffee lounge, a place to meet, interact, and chat with other attendees. You will be able to move around, meet new and old friends, and chat one-to-one or in small groups.
When you choose the Networking Hall icon on the virtual platform, you’ll be directed to a new page and arrive in the Hall. On your first visit you’ll set up your Networking Hall profile (your name and profile photo at a minimum). As you enter the Hall, you’ll be randomly allocated to a table with at least one other person – there are 20 tables per floor and a number of floors, so feel free to say hello and stay or move to another table, simply by choosing an empty seat. You can freely move around the space, looking for people you know, or making new acquaintances.
Talk with the people at your table (switch on your audio and video) or use the chat feature to chat to all attendees or seek out one attendee in particular. Stay as long as you like and leave when you are ready! Once your profile is established, you can come back any time. And just in case, a help desk will be available if you run into any difficulty with the features.