❔ re:compass #44: A Good Question

Navigator for events during 22–28 March 2021

Aiste Lehmann
Mar 19 · 5 min read

My friend held an online presentation to a virtual audience. Not for the first time, mind you. And not for the first time we talked about lack of interaction and feedback from the audience. How awkward it is to talk to a screen and not know if anyone is really paying attention. How you do not know if you are making any difference or people simply sit through the presentation because they have to. How this presentation could have been simply recorded instead of held live and no value would have been lost.

Just this time I asked a weird question: What’s the actual difference, in terms of impact, between virtual presentation and in-person one?

“Good question,” he said after thinking for a while. “Probably there is not much difference. But the waste is more obvious in a virtual setting.”

Now this answer made me sit down and think. We did not mind wasting our time and resources to hold presentations for a live audience. Taking payment out of equation, it always felt like being somewhere in-person had a value. But did it, really?

I am strong believer in return of ‘normal’ events. Yes, #wewillhugagain. But in the mean time we get a chance to rethink how we create value or are we all just wasting most of our time.

🔺 START Summit

When: 22–27 March 2021
Access: CHF 9–199
Format: hybrid conference

Streaming live from hubs in San Francisco, Boston, Shanghai, Rio de Janeiro and Bangalore START Summit brings talks about innovation and entrepreneurship while aiming to connect more than 5000 startups, investors, corporates and young talents. START Summit is Europe’s largest student-run conference for entrepreneurship and technology, which this year will have two physical locations in St.Gallen and Helsinki while giving opportunity to tune in the event programme online for everyone around the world.

💱 Finovate Europe

When: 23–25 March 2021
Access: £599
Format: online conference

Finovate is curated, fast-paced fintech conference, and gets right to the point. 20+ product demos and content sessions are spread across 3 days so that content is more manageable for digital consumption. Meetings can be scheduled before, during and after the event, 24 hours a day, to accommodate all time zones. With 1000+ attendees covering all the verticals of the fintech eco system, there’s no better way to meet and stay informed.

🛡️ PRIV8

When: 23–25 March 2021
Access: free
Format: online conference

PRIV8 digital privacy summit by Orchid will feature keynotes from all fronts of the privacy war, including from the whistleblower and cybersecurity expert, Edward Snowden. The conference will focus on the battle-lines drawn between freedom and security in our seemingly perpetual privacy crisis. Stellar speakers will cover different aspects of digital privacy, from how we communicate, to how we transact, to how we live in an era of pervasive digital surveillance.

🐺 WOLVES Summit

When: 24–26 March 2021
Access: €54 — €690
Format: online conference

WOLVES Summit is back — this year on a truly global scale. The landmark event in the European startup ecosystem offer an exclusive programme encompassing everything from content, virtual meet-the-speaker breakout sessions, workshops and of course our famous 1:1 meetings — the best chance to find an investor who is interested in working with startups. Join the conference for content, stay for their Wolves Match matchmaking system.

🤝 Virtual Shake-Up 3.0

When: 24–25 March 2021
Access: free
Format: online conference

Virtual Shake-Up is dedicated to all event professionals, aptly subtitled with “Event strategies 2021 and beyond”. 3.0 puts a spotlight on hybrid events, where the top leaders in the event industry will provide you with actionable advice and tested strategies for hosting both virtual and hybrid events — and will share their vision for 2021.

🌱 Scaling sustainably from seed to IPO

When: 24 March 2021, 16:00 GMT
Access: free
Format: online session

Successfully scaling an organization is hard — no matter the size of the company. This LeadDev panel will engage in conversation with engineering leaders who have scaled their companies, from seed to Series A, and up to IPO and beyond. They’ll be discussing their experiences scaling organizations of different sizes, with varied team structures and unique visions. Deciding on your company’s mission and vision, developing your marketing strategies, and hiring more employees are all essential to scaling and come with a unique set of challenges — so how do we go about tackling them?

📻 The power of audio: Building customer connections and boosting loyalty

When: 24 March 2021, 17:00 GMT
Access: free
Format: online session

Don’t miss this VB Live event to learn how branded audio connects brands and customers in powerful ways. Audio is booming and it is an incredibly powerful way to reach customers, and brands that do it right can increase personalization, consumer convenience, and customer loyalty. Join the event to learn how brands can include both branded audio and media, and user-generated media in their go-to-market strategy as well the benefits of branded audio media.

🦾 [Podim] Encouraging an entrepreneurial mindset in CEE region

When: 25 March 2021, 18:50 CET
Access: free
Format: online session

Podim is organizing their satellite event #3 and will take a closer look at the Central Eastern European startup ecosystem and discuss what can be done to support and improve the ecosystem. Speakers include Gabriele Tatzeberger from Vienna Business Agency, Tanja Sternbauer from The Female Factor and Matija Nakić from Farseer, hosted by Dejan Jovićević from Der Brutkasten. The event is going to be streamed on Podim’s Facebook page and on Der Brutkasten’s Facebook page, however, there are 50 Zoom spots to apply for the direct participants as well.

🏰 Disney x Women in Big Data Women’s History Month Celebration

When: 25 March 2021, 16:00 PDT
Access: free
Format: online session

In this dynamic panel discussion, women in technology at Disney will take you along their career journeys to and within the tech world and provide their best advice. Following the panel, attendees will be invited to participate in a networking session where they can connect with the panelists, additional Disney technologists and recruiters, and members of the Women in Big Data community in virtual breakout rooms.

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