The Cardano Community Team is looking for your feedback/experience on e-Meetup platforms!

Hello Cardano Community,

First of all, we hope you’re doing fine and in good health.

Due to the recent outbreak of the nCovid-19 virus, a number of tough restrictions and policy changes have been implemented across various parts of the world.
As a result, several of the planned Cardano meetups both by Cardano Ambassadors and other members of the community have already been cancelled, and more are expecting to be cancelled in the coming weeks. As per the recommendations of the scientific community, the Cardano Foundation’s official recommendation is that all in-person meetups be cancelled for the immediate future.

During this time of social distancing, we are looking into alternative ways to support the global community in this area. A number of members of the community have recommended virtual/digital meetup solutions. We would love to know if you have any experience, suggestions or feedback on possible tools, platforms, or other best practices for virtual meetups…
Any recommendations or thoughts would be very much welcomed. It is our hope that once some feedback has been gathered, we will be able to write up a quick guide on how to host a virtual Cardano meetup using some of the suggestions gathered here.

The Cardano Foundation is seeking to create a decentralized,digital infrastructure to empower all of us, which will in turn help create a stronger, more resilient community with a safer future. Finding ways to connect people in digital space, when traditional meetups become impossible, fits neatly into that mission–and we want to help our community succeed.

Please let us know your ideas/thoughts/recommendations on the thread below.

Stay safe and wash your hands! :clap:

The Cardano Foundation Community Team

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We use Cisco WebEx at work, which I’ve always had a good experience with, however these are generally small meetings of around 5 users.

Licensing seems relatively inexpensive, although it only appears to support a maximum of 200 participants per conference.

Alternatively, Zoom appears to support 1000 participants.

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私は日常からzoomを利用しています。
無料でも40分は利用できます。
ホストはURLを知らせるだけです。
パスワードを毎回変更する事で会費をもらって運営費にあてることもできます。
通常はマイクで音声を感知し話している人のビデオがZoom upされます。
しかし、ホストは全参加者のマイクをミュートにすることができるので、セミナーや講演の部と、AMAを分けて実施できます。
参加者もビデオをオンにすることが可能ですし、ビデオを使いたくない人は写真や画像を表示したり何も表示しないこともできます。
Cardano財団でエンタープライズ用のアカウントを購入すれば50名のホストがオンライン会議を開催できます。

I usually use zoom.
You can use it for free for 40 minutes.
The host just gives the URL.
By changing your password each time, you can get a membership fee and cover the operating expenses.
Normally, the video of the speaker is zoomed up.
However, the host can mute all participants’ microphones, so you can conduct AMA separately from seminars and lectures.
Participants can also turn on video, and those who do not want to use video can see photos and images or even nothing.
If you purchase an enterprise account as the Cardano Foundation, 50 hosts can host online meetings.

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ちなみに、私は既にテレグラムやコミュニティでも宣言しているのですが、
「CardanoのMeetUpに参加して感染した」というニュースが一度でも流れてしまうと他のすべてに悪影響を及ぼすリスクも想定されるので、落ち着くまではオフラインでのMeetUpは実施しない方針です。
By the way, I have already declared in telegram and community,
There is a risk that once you hear the news that you participated in Cardano’s MeetUp and got infected, there is a risk that everything else will be adversely affected. So I will never hold a meeting offline named Cardano until the virus subsides.

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Thanks for the good information!
Can you tell me about sites like Cisco pricing?

Why support the big guys that charge money and are proprietary. Look into Riot.im that runs on Matrix for group chats. Matrix is decentralized.

For the video conference/virtual meetup use the best option out there.

Jitsi

https://desktop.jitsi.org/

Opens source and no restrictions

Hello All,

A few thoughts on how to run a big learning event smoothly, in a way that supports all virtual attendees to gain value from the experience.

I am a long-time Cardano fan (and modest investor) with a broad interest in how Cardano will eventually scale as a worldwide solution. I am also a career educator who is fascinated by how different sorts of people learn and update their beliefs. My main field of expertise is in math education, and my day job is to support elementary school teachers to adjust their teaching philosophy so that they can begin to appreciate, and eventually embrace, the solutions I share with them (if you’re interested, check out stmath.com). I see a lot of parallels between my daily work and what we hope to accomplish here.

Some folks are true believers already, and others hear a new idea and incorporate it into their world view right away. Of course we’ll need content that appeals to people like that. Some folks are developers who will want to learn the latest and greatest in what the Shelley launch means to them - let’s deeply engage there too. Let’s cater to everyone who already has big ideas about what Cardano can and will be.

It seems like one goal of this event is to preach beyond the choir, however, which requires a virtual conference that is accessible to all - not just highly technical people and patient problem solvers. If this conference were about school mathematics, I would start by creating a set of objectives for what everyone would learn, and then differentiating content: some sessions, for example, for those who are already philosophically aligned with the project, and others for those who need to understand how & why the underlying ideas matter in the first place.

With all of that in mind, I suggest that in addition to whatever video or VR platform we might choose, we might also employ a learning management system to support people to identify where they’re at on the buy-in continuum and get to the appropriate sessions, learning experiences, and resources. I have no business stake in any particular LMS, but here’s a good place to start, if anyone else thinks this is a good idea: https://www.instructure.com/

We have a long way to go in first changing hearts and minds before the average person can understand enough to see value in Cardano. I wonder how this event might contribute to that.

I hope this all makes sense, and would be happy to lend a hand in crafting objectives and thinking about how we might host a diversity of learners at this event. Please let me know if it’s helpful for me to dive deeper into how and why and LMS can support this event.

Be well,
James

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Hello everyone.
We are testing a system right now ready for beta testers.
Within our system we can allow different ambassador hosts to request event time and when the time slot opens there is a main room and break out rooms.
The main room is connected to an enterprise Zoom solution and the breakout rooms are configured with jitsi, an open source software.
Would be happy to gather some other ambassadors to try this, we hosted a Bitcoin meeting this week and broadcast weekly for Defy Tuesday Channel.

@ChristyAna were you able to test the system you detailed here?

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Yes! It works great. We are using it for a few weekly meetings and live broadcasts. :slight_smile: would love to use it for Cardano especially now with the staking pool videos out.

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