MIT News: A Ticketmaster for science seminars

MIT News: A Ticketmaster for science seminars . “The Covid-19 pandemic has put a pause on seminars hosted physically on university campuses. But in mid-March, a small team of MIT mathematicians began to notice that institutions around the world were finding ways to continue hosting seminars, online. To virtually attend these talks, however, required hearing about them through word of mouth or digging through the webpages of individual departments or organizers. Enter researchseminars.org, a website the MIT team formally launched this week, that serves as a sort of crowdsourced Ticketmaster for science talks. Instead of featuring upcoming shows and concerts, the new site lists more than 1,000 free, upcoming seminars hosted online by more than 115 institutions around the world.”

Let’s Rock Lockdown: Retro festival goes online in special show tomorrow (Bucks Free Press)

Bucks Free Press: Let’s Rock Lockdown: Retro festival goes online in special show tomorrow. “The 80s LockdownFest will feature appearances by Tony Hadley, Wet Wet Wet, ABC, Howard Jones, Midge Ure, Jason Donovan, Toyah, Hue & Cry, Chesney Hawkes, Brother Beyond, Five Star, Then Jerico and more. The evening will be hosted by Pat Sharp and Dave Benson Phillips and the fun kicks off at 7pm on YouTube and across all the Let’s Rock locations Facebook pages. The 80s Lockdownfest online festival is completely free to enjoy – but the Let’s Rock team raise thousands of pounds for charity every year, so music fans will have the option to donate to Child Bereavement UK.”

Variety: London Indian Film Festival Goes Online with Satyajit Ray Short Film Winners

Variety: London Indian Film Festival Goes Online with Satyajit Ray Short Film Winners. “The London Indian Film Festival is to go online, launching its own streaming platform with a selection of winners from the Satyajit Ray Short Film Competition. Due to be held in June this year, LIFF has gone digital because of coronavirus restrictions and will show movies online in a range of South Asian languages.”

Refinery29: All The Virtual Graduations Happening This Month — & How To Watch

Refinery29: All The Virtual Graduations Happening This Month — & How To Watch. “The Class of 2020 is going to be honored with some seriously star-studded ceremonies this graduation season. While in-person events have been cancelled due to the pandemic, there won’t be a shortage of fanfare to celebrate this year’s seniors. Among the headliners: Lady Gaga, Oprah, and even the Obamas. Ahead, here are all the virtual graduation ceremonies — including events hosted by YouTube, Natty Light, Facebook, and more — happening this season so you can plan and bookmark accordingly.”

CNET: YouTube’s virtual graduation will include Barack and Michelle Obama, BTS, Lady Gaga

CNET: YouTube’s virtual graduation will include Barack and Michelle Obama, BTS, Lady Gaga. “Not to be outdone by John Krasinski’s star-studded virtual graduation, YouTube is holding one of its own on June 6, for people whose celebrations have been stopped by the coronavirus pandemic. ‘Dear Class of 2020’ plans to feature Barack and Michelle Obama, BTS and Lady Gaga, along with Google CEO Sundar Pichai and activist Malala Yousafzai.”

Wine-tasting goes online: Wineries around world jump on Zoom bandwagon to set up virtual tasting rooms (Meaww)

Meaww: Wine-tasting goes online: Wineries around world jump on Zoom bandwagon to set up virtual tasting rooms. “At a time where we have been forced to remain in the comfort of our homes, technology has come out to be one of the greatest boons to keep. While we’re in lockdown and attempting staunchly to practice the preventive measures imposed by the government to contain the epidemic, technology has proved to be extremely useful in enabling us to maintain our connections with our loved ones and more importantly, to work remotely. So, it should come as no surprise that the wine industry is also going digital with its operations.”

Herald and News: Film fests combine efforts for ‘We Are One’ global online festival

Herald and News: Film fests combine efforts for ‘We Are One’ global online festival. “With multiple film festivals having to either cancel outright or switch to an online platform amid COVID-19 lockdowns, several major festivals are instead partnering to offer a free global celebration named ‘We Are One: A Global Film Festival.’ Slated as a free 10-day film fest offered via YouTube, We Are One will offer both new and classic films from a variety of countries chosen as festival selections from prestigious events such as the Sundance Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival and more.”

CNET: How to plan a remote funeral and grieve a loved one during the coronavirus pandemic

CNET: How to plan a remote funeral and grieve a loved one during the coronavirus pandemic. “Online resources and tools are no replacement for a gathering of loved ones and friends, but they can help families organize online memorials, memory books and donations made in your loved one’s memory. We present some resources to help plan a remote funeral or memorial and otherwise honor those who have died as a result of COVID-19. Remember that performing a physical act can sometimes help you regain some agency during a situation you can’t otherwise control.”

NAACP and BET Present: A COVID-19 VIRTUAL TOWN HALL SERIES (BET)

BET: NAACP and BET Present: A COVID-19 VIRTUAL TOWN HALL SERIES. “To address the ways in which Covid-19 is impacting Black people specifically, the NAACP and BET are partnering for a four-part virtual town hall series called Unmasked: A COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall Series Powered by NAACP & BET. The town hall will be focused on how the pandemic is affecting African Americans and what steps the community can take to build an action plan for positive change. The first town hall kicks-off on Wednesday, April 8, at 8 PM ET/ 5 PM PT, and will focus on the health, emotional, economic toll, congressional response and how activists can apply pressure to ensure legislation is equitable.”

Bloomsburg University: Bloomsburg University to Host a Virtual Self-Care Summit

Bloomsburg University: Bloomsburg University to Host a Virtual Self-Care Summit. “Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania will hold a virtual self-care summit from April 5-10. The summit will give individuals the tools to manage stress, anxiety, and overall better self-care during challenging times. The event is free and open to the public and will be live streamed through Zoom and the Access and Success Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/buaccessandsuccess/ .”

NiemanLab: Coronavirus got you housebound? Here’s how Splice quickly pulled together an online streaming event

NiemanLab: Coronavirus got you housebound? Here’s how Splice quickly pulled together an online streaming event. ” Back in January, our friends at Splice became one of the first news outlets financially hurt by the coronavirus when it was forced to postpone its Splice Beta conference on media innovation in Asia as the virus began its spread. (It’s since been rescheduled for September.) With all the restraints on travel, Splice decided to experiment with a free online-only event.”

SoraNews24: Japanese students hold graduation ceremony in Minecraft amid school cancellation

SoraNews24: Japanese students hold graduation ceremony in Minecraft amid school cancellation. “Because the Japanese school year ends in March and begins in April, for many students this closing period means that they mill miss their graduation ceremonies. Whether they’re leaving elementary school, middle school, or high school, it’s a sad feeling for them to go out with a whimper instead of a bang. But some creative elementary school graduates in Japan came up with a great workaround. If they couldn’t have a graduation ceremony at school, then why not have one digitally in a place they all meet often anyway… in Minecraft!”

BetaNews: Microsoft, Facebook, Slack and others support #BuildforCOVID19 Global Online Hackathon

BetaNews: Microsoft, Facebook, Slack and others support #BuildforCOVID19 Global Online Hackathon. “There are numerous technology companies that have agreed to offer their services for free as the world tries to tackle the coronavirus crisis, and others who have taken steps to reduce their strain on the internet. [Today], #BuildforCOVID19 Global Online Hackathon kicks off, with many of the big names from the world of tech coming together to tackle some of the problems COVID-19 presents.”

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.”