Phys .org: COVID-19 forced us to move a conference from a Greek island to the web, and quickly. Here’s what we learned

Phys .org: COVID-19 forced us to move a conference from a Greek island to the web, and quickly. Here’s what we learned. “In May this year, we were convening a dream conference: 140 like-minded academics on a Greek island for three-and-a-half days to work on a topic we cared about—organizing sustainably…. Then the universe threw us a curveball in the form of COVID-19, which made us rethink sustainable organizing. Despite a complete lack of experience, and no funding, we decided to move online. More than 100 participants, across 14 time zones, decided to experiment with us.”

CMX Hub: A Comprehensive List of Tips, Tools, and Examples for Event Organizers During the Coronavirus Outbreak

CMX Hub: A Comprehensive List of Tips, Tools, and Examples for Event Organizers During the Coronavirus Outbreak.”Virtual conferences can be quite powerful, and scale to many thousands of attendees that would be very difficult to gather in-person. And online meetups and roundtables give your members an opportunity to have intimate discussions from the comfort of their home. Are they the same? No. But they do have unique benefits. So while this is a *really* difficult time for a lot of community teams and event organizers, you can also look at this as an opportunity to build your chops on running virtual events. Who knows, you might decide to keep hosting them as a complement to your physical events long after we’ve found a Covid-19 vaccine!”

2020: Digital, Online, and Virtual Events for the Tech and Business Industry (Web Strategist)

Web Strategist: 2020: Digital, Online, and Virtual Events for the Tech and Business Industry. “For the business person who’s now working at home, or is travel-restricted, it’s more important than ever to stay connected to the industry. Many physical-world conferences are shifting to digital, virtual, or blended experiences. This list will help you stay organized on which event to attend, and when. Event organizers and marketers: use this to coordinate market timing.”

New Web Site Provides Transcriptions of Conference Speakers: Thisten

New-to-me and I think new in general, brought to my attention by Esther S.: Thisten. From the about page: “Thisten is an audio-to-text platform that transcribes speaker sessions at conferences, in real-time. The content from each event is aggregated to our app and website for users around the world to discover, search, and reference.” The tweet Esther used to let me know about Thisten also mentions future plans to provide transcripts for political rallies, sporting events, and movies.

TechCrunch: Google cancels Cloud Next because of coronavirus, goes online-only

TechCrunch: Google cancels Cloud Next because of coronavirus, goes online-only. “Google today announced that it is canceling the physical part of Cloud Next, its cloud-focused event and its largest annual conference by far with around 30,000 attendees, over concerns around the current spread of COVID-19.”

Bloomberg Quint: Google Cancels Internal Conference Over Virus Concerns

Bloomberg Quint: Google Cancels Internal Conference Over Virus Concerns. “Google canceled a major internal gathering over concerns about the spread of coronavirus, the latest in a wave of events and conferences being called off around the world. The internet giant’s sales and marketing event was set to take place in Las Vegas in March, a Google spokesman said.”

CNN: Facebook cancels its biggest conference amid coronavirus concerns

CNN: Facebook cancels its biggest conference amid coronavirus concerns. “Facebook announced on Thursday that it is canceling F8, its biggest annual event, due to concerns over the coronavirus. ‘We’ve made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person component of F8 this year, in order to prioritize the health and safety of our developer partners, employees and everyone who helps put F8 on,’ the company wrote on the F8 website.”

Mashable: Google announces I/O 2020 dates

Mashable: Google announces I/O 2020 dates. “Even though I/O is primarily a developer conference, Google typically announces some new hardware at the event. Last year, it was the Pixel 3a and 3a XL, and this year, we’ll likely see the new Pixel 4a, possibly accompanied with the new Pixel Buds. A new Nest device is not out of the question, either, given that Google launched the Nest Hub Max at last year’s conference.”

Global Investigative Journalism Network: Here’s How to Follow the Global Investigative Journalism Conference from Home

Global Investigative Journalism Network: Here’s How to Follow the Global Investigative Journalism Conference from Home. “Can’t join us in Hamburg for the 11th Global Investigative Journalism Conference (Sept. 26-29)? There are still lots of ways you can follow along from home as more than 1,500 journalists from around the world gather to discuss their craft and share insights.”

The Verge: F8 is here — and so are some really big questions about Facebook’s future

The Verge: F8 is here — and so are some really big questions about Facebook’s future. “Most of the giant platforms have an easy pitch for developers. Apple developers make apps for iOS and Mac, then sell them for money. Google developers make Android apps and ChromeOS hardware, then sell them for money. Amazon developers launch businesses on AWS or Amazon’s storefront, and then sell goods and services for money. Today Facebook’s annual F8 developer conference kicks off in San Jose, and it’s worth noting how complicated its pitch to developers has become.”

Mother Jones: Google, Facebook, and Microsoft Sponsored a Conference That Promoted Climate Change Denial

Mother Jones: Google, Facebook, and Microsoft Sponsored a Conference That Promoted Climate Change Denial. “All three tech companies were sponsors of LibertyCon, the annual convention of the libertarian group Students for Liberty, which took place in Washington, DC. Google was a platinum sponsor, ponying up $25,000, and Facebook and Microsoft each contributed $10,000 as gold sponsors. The donations put the tech companies in the top tier of the event’s backers. But the donations also put the firms in company with some of the event’s other sponsors, which included three groups known for their work attacking climate change science and trying to undermine efforts to reduce carbon emissions.”