Conference in the Cloud

How to Attend a Virtual Conference

Convincing Your Manager

It’s not easy to convince your manager to let you take multiple days off to sit around at home and watch videos all day. We think that in the year of COVID-19 and the cancellation of many major conferences, there will be more understanding.

This conference aims to provide as much value as possible that the in-person conference did. It offers continuing education, collaboration with peers outside of your work group, and a chance to contribute to the Perl Community.

Hardware

We strongly encourage attendees interested in interacting with the conference to find a Bluetooth or USB-based headset. This usually provides the best audio quality for speaking with other attendees during the event.

Things to do before you attend.

  1. Have reliable internet: This may seem like an obvious first step, but often connectivity is overlooked at home until it’s needed for something other than occasional content consumption.
  2. Create a dedicated workspace: Find a dedicated location in your home where you can work. This can be the dining room table, an office, or a small nook with a desk. It’s essential to have a space that is solely dedicated to work to help limit distractions.
  3. Signal to others that you cannot be interrupted: Often significant others, children and the like are the cause of work from home distractions. They do not understand the boundaries that you’ve established with your dedicated workspace. It’s vital that you discuss with your significant other the importance of not being interrupted. And only when you walk away from your dedicated workspace is it okay to engage in conversation. Some put on headphones to show that they’re working, even if the headphones aren’t playing music.
  4. Plan your schedule: Because of time zones, some people may need to adjust their sleep schedule to be able to attend the talks they are interested in. This is the same thing you would have to do if you had attended the conference in person.
  5. Take breaks: Just like when you are at a meatspace conference, you need to get up and stretch from time to time. It’s often easy to forget to get up and walk around for a few minutes to clear our minds and get the blood moving. By practicing small breaks will ensure you don’t have premature fatigue during the day.
  6. Communicate with your Co-Workers: Just like you would at a normal conference, it is important to make sure your work knows you will be unavailable during this time so you are not dragged out of the conference unnecessarily.