👂 re:compass #40: Do You Hear Me?

Navigator for events during 22–28 February 2021

Aiste Lehmann
Feb 19 · 6 min read
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Not that I really wanted to ask this, but… Do you hear me? Do you see my screen share? Can you please turn on your camera so that I can get assured I’m talking to an actual person?

I wonder how much our business etiquette has changed during the last year. “Do you hear me?” is right there somewhere in between hello and a handshake. Sort of virtual handshake to assure both parties have a functional communication line.

“Do you hear me?” is not a big problem in virtual business setting. Annoyance at most. Though it causes an absolutely ridiculous sense of helplessness if you are a teacher who is trying to engage kids online. And for speakers at virtual events it brings the feeling of discomfort that is only comparable to that moment when you realize you are sort of talking to yourself and nobody is really paying attention.

We have touched on this topic before, broadly addressing issues with the lack of feedback in virtual event setting. But by now pretty much everyone should have asked or heard the sentence “Do you hear me?” at least once or twice.

And while I’d be looking forward for innovations in this space, I am not sure if those can come at a reasonable cost for privacy. There is enough surveillance tech out there already, and none of that makes me feel excited. But neither does asking “Do you hear me?”

So, while I am excited to see how tech will be addressing this issue, I can honestly tell that I am even more excited to go back to physical in-person events. As soon as we can, of course. In the mean time, if you are event organizer — please be mindful of this issue and help your speakers to feel heard.

⚙️ Startup Grind Global Conference

When: 22–25 February 2021
Access: $0 — $75
Format: online conference

Startup Grind is also venturing online and sporting choose-what-you-pay pricing model to make this year’s event more accessible for startups globally than ever before. While nothing can replace human interaction, Startup Grind online brings the education, access, opportunities and inspiration to startups around the world. Join the conference and 15,000 attendees for conversation and collaboration around tech, startups, and the future of innovation.

🐼 Mobile World Congress Shanghai

When: 23–25 February 2021
Access: 390–9000 RMB
Format: hybrid conference & expo

Some events are still happening in physical setting, and somehow it is not a surprise that Mobile World Congress went with a hybrid event model in Shanghai. While most of us will not be able to travel to China this year, MWC gives an opportunity to join the event as virtual attendee through My MWCS Online. It enables networking with decision makers globally before, during and after the event or watching inspiring keynotes from home. Plus, you can take part in virtual workshops and forums hosted by industry influencers.

🕴️ SaaStock Remote

When: 23–25 February 2021
Access: $89 — $299
Format: online conference

SaaStock Remote is a global online conference for all SaaS business aiming to provide help gaining traction, growth and scaling your SaaS. SaaStock Remote will explore the strategies that’ll help with gaining traction and growth, help to understand sales and marketing funnels, start conversations with the right investors and peers, and support creation of a plan to grow SaaS business in 2021 with repeatable revenue. Plus, it has friendly ticket pricing options with opportunity to claim free tickets or request for annual membership. P.S. Networking sessions are scheduled for 3–4 March.

🧱 Building tech ecosystems in a distributed world

When: 24 February 2021, 15:00 GMT
Access: free
Format: online session

Dealroom and Sifted will host leading VCs and ecosystem builders to discuss tech and governments’ role in navigating a “K-shaped” recovery, the rise of tier-2 ecosystems and distributed talent, and a new dawn of tech optimism. Speakers: Nicolas Colin, Saul Klein, Sarah Guemouri, Mark Suster, Kim-Mai Cutler, and Yoram Wijngaarde.

🕶️ The Value of (XR) Communities

When: 24 February 2021, 17:30 GMT
Access: free
Format: online networking session

Women in Immersive Tech Europe and XRVienna have joined forces with Vienna’s New Media art festival CIVA to offer you a top-class international networking session. Get ready to mingle and network with some of the most spectacular international communities of XR and emerging tech professionals. Meet like-minded creators and discuss your favorite XR topics, talk about your current projects, and find people and institutions that can bring your current initiatives to the next level. And, as always, get ready to make new friends.

👨‍💻 FT Live: The Impact of Digitalization on Society

When: 25 February 2021, 09:00 GMT
Access: free
Format: online session

Financial Times Live, in partnership with the Cabinet Office of Japan, is delighted to host an online discussion on how digitalisation can help to solve the world’s most pressing issues around inclusive economic recovery, urbanisation and the climate emergency, by creating a new digital agenda for 2021 and beyond.

👾 [Rise of AI] Can AI help us to achieve the best customer experience?

When: 25 February 2021, 13:00 CET
Access: free
Type: online session

Fabian Westerheide and his guests will discuss how AI can provide the best customer experience without knowing everything. They will challenge the assumption that a transparent customer means more business and discuss about increasing customer happiness and why customer support can be a profit driver for a business. You can also sign up for a more private (max 20 people) discussion with speakers and other attendees after the virtual chat.

🎩 Wise Guys Fintech 4 Demo Day

When: 25 February 2021, 16:00 UTC+2
Access: free
Format: online demo day

Join Wise Guys Fintech 4 Demo Day to see what 11 teams have to offer in fintech space. The startups that have gone through an intense almost 5 months long acceleration program are Dserve, ForPeeps, Heavy Finance, IPOhub, Monevio, Okredo, Pay2U, Payze, Properenty, Realtorify, Watalook, and Xpass. More about startups themselves here.

🐅 Swedbank Seedtalks x TechChill: Accelerating for Impact

When: 25 February 2021, 16:00 EET
Access: free
Format: online session

TechChill is excited to announce their partnership with Swedbank with a dedicated virtual event which will be streamed on Facebook. The Swedbank Seedtalks x TechChill event “Accelerating for Impact” on February 25 at 16:00 (EET) will discuss the importance of accelerators in the daily life of sustainability startups, how they can help companies stay true to their cause and what are the pros and cons of joining an acceleration program. With participants from such companies as Katapult Ocean, Future Hub, X-Europe and BeeSage the discussion should be worthwhile your time.

The Kaleidoscope of 2020 in Startup Hansa Hubs

When: 25 February 2021, 17:00 CET
Access: free
Format: online session

The kaleidoscope symbolizes anything that is changing constantly, and 2020 was all about changes. The whole world had to adjust to a new situation accordingly and find a new way to function. This webinar will focus on opportunities and how each Startup Hansa hub has managed the risks and dangers.

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