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Guest: James Burk; The Mars Society 2020 Virtual Conference, how it works, the software behind it, benefits and features.
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We welcomed James Burk to this special 67 minute discussion about the 2020 all virtual and REAL TIME Mars Society 23rd Annual Conference ( https://www.marssociety.org}. The conference theme is Rising Together which our guest explained to us multiple times during the program.
During our specially added Space Show program, James talked quite a bit about the behind the scenes technology for this all virtual and unique REAL TIME conference. Most virtual conferences are not real time but this one is so James described how it would work, the special tools, training and testing needed to make it work, how the speakers have adapted to various time zones and more. The program had many email questions, and a phone call testimonial from Dr. Doug who had attended the previous virtual demo type conference earlier in the year, the Lunar Development Conference. As you will hear when listening to our discussion, incredible details have gone into making this real time event happen for close to 4,500 registered attendees. You will likely think as I do that this may be the way of conference in the future. James was asked about this a few times during the interview. He suggested we might see a hybrid conference evolve based on this year's Mars Society gig and live conferences. He also said such a hybrid concept was being discussed and considered so we will have to wait and see if this is an example for future space and other conferences.
Please post your comments/questions on our blog for James. He said he could be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org plus he was open to suggestions for features still to be added to this year's event but also for future events.