IT guide to maximise conference face time

Etherlive has launched at top 10 guide to help event bookers get a
grip with the requisite IT considerations for conferences and meetings.
 
The
guidelines offer top-line tips to both agency and corporate bookers to
ensure that they anticipate the needs of speakers and delegates and
maximise any venue in-house IT provisions.
 
Speaker
 
1.            Understand what your speaker requires in terms of IT.

Is
it a simple PowerPoint presentation or does it have video embedded into
it? Does the speaker need access to the web to conduct an online
demonstration?
 
2.            How will the speaker receive questions?
Will
social media be engaged? In which case, make sure there is a delay on
questions appearing and be very prepared for candid questions!   
 
Delegates
 
3.            What is the bandwidth of the venue?
Do
be mindful that delegates will all want to check emails throughout the
day, therefore ensure that there is sufficient bandwidth for the number
of delegates in attendance.
 
4.            Is social media being used as part of the event?
An influx of delegates tweeting questions to the main speaker can have a dramatic impact on the Wi-Fi.

Encourage the use of a hashtag so that you can keep a track of delegate feedback and the general tone of the audience.
 
5.            Streaming media – is this open access or is it a closed site?
Bear
in mind the ramifications of intellectual property and privacy rights.
Also be prepared for up to 70% of the audience using their PDA to view
the event as opposed to looking directly at the speaker!
 
6.            Are all common sites, required on the day, such as Twitter, YouTube, WordPress, Google Docs, accessible?

Public
sector organisations sometimes block these sites, so make sure there
will be no nasty surprises and ensure you have administrator access to
check that the coast is clear.
 
Venue
 
7.            Is the Wi-Fi free?

Without doubt bear in mind that free is not a guarantee of quality or size of bandwidth.
Invest in the IT infrastructure – any issues will have huge ramifications on the whole event.
 
8.            Encrypt your W-Fi
Just
as you will have ensured that your conference is not held in the same
venues as a competitor, make sure that you do not label your Wi-Fi
network the name of your company! Always use an alpha numerical password
and the best encryption possible.  
 
9.            Make sure you know who the IT contact is on the day.
If
it is the AV person, are they prepared to support a speaker who cannot
get online to do a demonstration, or delegates who are unable to access
their work emails?
 
Organisers
 
10.          Do you plan to work on a computer during the day?
If
so, you should ensure reliable Wi-Fi access is available in the
organiser’s office, with a computer powerful enough to handle mass
mail-outs if you plan to send out content.
 
The purpose of
meetings and events is to get people to engage face-to-face. We are in a
transition period whereby conference organisers can benefit from IT to
maximise both delegate retention and also engage with extended audiences
across the globe. It is imperative to remember that IT should enhance
the event and not to take it over.

Events are about face time with colleagues, peers and clients and not
worrying about urgent emails which are ready to surprise. By providing
reliable networking on site, delegates can monitor and react as
appropriate.
 
Any comments? Email conferencenews@mashmedia.net

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