For the first time in 11 years, our industry won’t be experiencing its annual get-together in person. It’s certainly a challenging time, but the need for strong digital identity–and for peer-led sharing of leading practices–has never been more evident.
And so, Identiverse® has been refactored. Instead of our usual in-person conference and expo, we are running a series of virtual events this year. With you, our presenters, sponsors, content committee and the supporting community across the industry, we know Identiverse 2020 will be productive, informative and entertaining. Within the confines of what’s possible virtually, we intend to preserve as much of the Identiverse experience as possible.
Here’s what to expect.
First and foremost, we’re preserving the quality agenda you’ve come to expect from Identiverse. With a few exceptions, the presentations, panel discussions and fireside chats we had originally planned for Identiverse 2020 will be taking place online. (If you’re interested in how we assemble the agenda, check out this blog). Best of all, the entire virtual conference series this year will be free to attend! If you’ve never had the opportunity to experience the breadth and depth of our agenda now is your chance to do it for free!
In making the transition to the virtual format, the planning committee recognized that many of us will likely still be dealing with the challenges of our current situation. Whether it’s working from home, managing family responsibilities or dealing with career adjustments, we all need flexibility so that we can adapt to what each day brings. We realize that it’s simply not realistic to think that any of us can devote 6+ hours a day to attending a virtual conference in its entirety.
Instead, we’re going to spread the conference material into short blocks, each lasting an hour or less, starting in early June. We’ll spread several blocks out each week, at various times to accommodate viewership across different time zones. Keep an eye on the agenda for dates and times. Many presentations will offer a live Q&A option, and most presentations will also be recorded and available on-demand in case you miss anything and want to catch up later.
Watch out for special guest appearances and other online networking and socializing opportunities, which we’ll be announcing regularly throughout Identiverse 2020. We know that Identiverse is a community, and we want to keep the engagement going—even if we won’t physically be together!
If you haven’t attended Identiverse before, you’ll find there’s a lot of material, covering a wide range of topics. Most of the agenda is curated from an open and public call for presentations and this year yielded a record number of submissions! Proposals are evaluated by our content committee, and eventually assembled into a well-balanced and informative collection of presentations.
The detailed agenda on the website will give you a good overview of all the great content you can choose from. We’ve enhanced our searching and filtering capabilities this year to make it easier to find content that matches your areas of interest. Stay tuned for our Countdown to Content blog series for a deeper dive into the Identiverse content by topic.
So that’s the new Identiverse 2020, in a (virtual) nutshell. Keep an eye on the full agenda as we release more information on how to register for online sessions, and be sure to read our agenda blog series over the coming weeks. We look forward to seeing you virtually this June!