The Traditional Building Conference Series is going virtual! Starting November, 9th through the 13th, we will be using the Intrado Virtual Conference Platform to connect attendees with sponsors and each other across the country and industry.
For many of us, this is a completely new experience. Fear not, we have worked to make this as seamless as possible so our attendees can enjoy the conference with minimal technological hurtles. Below is an introduction and guide to the Traditional Building Conference Intrado platform and what to expect after logging on.
The easiest way to think of our Virtual Conference is as a fusion of the online platforms many of us use everyday. The Intrado platform allows websites, videos, lectures, chat rooms, social media integration, surveys and many other features to be combined into one space that has it all. Navigating the conference may seem a bit daunting at first, but with this guide and a little experimentation it will not take long to master.
The best advice for any new online experience is to click everything, explore each avenue and find what modules are your favorite.
Not sure what to expect? Its much of what you've experienced at the in-person Traditional Building Conferences. Tour a historic venue, stop to network with attendees, ask questions of speakers and sponsors or listen to a lecture, the same is true of our virtual conference. The only difference? You'll be clicking, not walking!
This user journey graphic represents what the typical user experience will be, with each node representing the virtual spaces of the conference.
Traditional Building Virtual Conference Schedule
You can chat with other attendees or sponsors without interrupting lectures. In other words you can almost be in two places at once, networking with fellow attendees while earning AIA | HSW credits.
Once logged on the attendee will find themselves in our virtual lobby. This space is primarily a navigation station and will allow the user to tailor their experience, just as one chooses what booths to engage with at an in person event.
One of our favorite features of the online space is that everything is connected. All the user needs to do is click. Whether wanting to watch videos highlighting a sponsor's products, earn AIA & HSW credits listening to live or recorded lectures, or simply taking it all in; it is all just a click away.
As the name implies the Theater space is the primary area for video content. This feature essentially combines Zoom and Youtube for an interactive experience allowing the user to view upcoming presentations, interact with related content displayed by sponsors, and enjoy live chat with other attendees.
Flexible Presentation Design
The interactive presentation space provides a lot of content in a small space. Allowing sponsors & speakers to promote their firm and products without interfering with the primary content. The space is totally customizable and each presentation will be a different experience, with the option for panel discussions and content integration.
The exhibition hall is the primary display space for our sponsors and will provide attendees with the ability to quickly identify features they want to interact with.
Take a deep dive into your favorite sponsor's space.
Clicking on features in the exhibition hall will bring the user to our sponsor spaces in which sponsors will have total control of their space.
The internet's original networking opportunity is also a part of our conference. Trivia and puzzle games offer opportunities for some healthy competition. These games are simple and offer yet another way to stay engaged.
AIA & HSW Credits aren't the only benefit attendees can earn, badges are available to encourage engagement! These "gold stars" also provide another networking opportunity as attendees can look for individuals that have similar badges, i.e. interests in common.
The high level of integration keeps attendees from having to look outside the conference for information. Facebook & Instagram, Linkedin, Youtube, and the rest can all be imported into the Social Profile space to give attendees easy access to all the most important information. The message wall, chat function and ability to load media content will be familiar to all social media users.
This space is the primary networking space with a chat function to facilitate conversation, while allowing for easy access to other parts of the conference that the user might want to reference or link.
Our help desk will be operating in real time to keep attendees far from frustration. With the ability to submit screenshots or documents while running live chat, any issue will be rectified promptly.
The resource center serves as a library where attendees can quickly navigate to sponsor or speaker pages and download any documents or extras that they may have provided.
When will the Traditional Building Virtual Conference take place?
November 9-13 from Noon to 5 PM EST each day. See schedule at top of page for details.
What time zone will be used for the virtual conference?
Sessions will take place in Eastern Standard Time.
Will I need to register to participate in the virtual conference?
When do I need to register by to participate?
You can register at any time, but be sure to register before November 9th to ensure full access to live content.
What are the registration fees?
Registration is $99.
Are there discounts if I can only attend one day?
No. All registrants will be able to access all conference content for up to a year from the start date of the conference so that provides you with plenty of time to interact with all virtual material afterwards.
Will content be available on demand?
Yes, all sessions will be recorded, and your registration will allow you to access conference content for up to one year from the start of the conference.
Will presentations be live or pre-recorded?
Presenters whether their presentation is live or pre-recorded will use and monitor the chat and Q&A engagement tools during their session.
Will I be able to network and meet other virtual attendees?
Yes. Sessions will offer live chat discussions. There will be a 30 minute networking time slot at 2:30 PM each day of the conference for attendees to meet and discuss.
Will I be able to visit some of my favorite sponsors/exhibitors?
Yes, many of our previous sponsors, speakers and exhibitors will be present.
What tech requirements do I need to participate in the virtual conference?
Make sure you have a stable Wireless Connection. Once registered you may access the virtual conference and watch from your desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device—though we recommend a desk top monitor for the best viewing experience. The platform works best if accessed via Chrome but can be accessed also with Firefox. Typically, Safari is unstable for the most up-to-date content.
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