ODN Europe hosted its first ever Virtual Mini Conference on Friday 24 April. This was to replace their planned face to face conference which was due to be held that week at the Warwick Conference Centre.
Registration opened 10 days before the conference and bookings flooded in!
The event was held on Zoom, using the Large Meeting add on. A total of 129 delegates registered to attend. With staff and speakers the total attendance was more than 140. Delegates included 21 paying non members.
The main plenary featured a global practitioner, who was supposed to have opened the face to face conference. Delegates were then invited to discuss the presentation in breakout spaces. The group then broke into six seminar sessions, chosen in advance by all delegates. These sessions were held on separate Zoom accounts.
All rejoined in the afternoon for the second keynote and again were invited to discuss the issues in breakout spaces.
A graphic facilitator supported the whole event – which worked really well in the virtual space. She presented her image at the end, talking through the issues raised.
David Nicholson, Board member of ODN Europe, and Conference Team Leader said: “ In these challenging times, it’s great to be able to give people a specific place to learn, to network and to be together. We were overwhelmed by the level of interest, engagement and the positive outcomes from the vent. It’s just part of our wider offer to our members to support them during this crisis.”