For this year’s conference, the Western History Association will be using a third-party virtual event service, called Pheedloop. Pheedloop utilizes Zoom as its primary virtual online meeting platform. So all WHA sessions, workshops, meetings, and other events this year will use Zoom, which is an online tool that has become more and more familiar to us in 2020.
What is Pheedloop?
According to the Pheedloop team: “PheedLoop is an end-to-end live, virtual and hybrid event automation, monetization, and engagement platform for event organizers, speakers, exhibitors, sponsors and attendees. PheedLoop flips the whole idea of event execution on its head by giving event planners an incredible amount of control, insight, and sales/marketing tools for their events. From sales optimized registration/ticketing, live streaming, synced stakeholder portals, and instant mobile apps, to on-site check-in/badges, automated surveys, and exhibitor/sponsor monetization systems, PheedLoop is the ultimate streamlined event management system. PheedLoop is used by events of all types and sizes around the world, and is a platform built by all our amazing event planners and engineers.”
Try to think of Pheedloop as a virtual platform that is meant to cover as many aspects as possible of an in-person conference. You can navigate Pheedloop like you would any type of website or social media networking site. There is a homepage, or "lobby", navigation tools, social media feeds, graphics, and videos.
In many ways, Pheedloop functions similar to other virtual spaces, such as Facebook or LinkedIn. Attendees make their own personal, customized profiles upon registering for the event. This provides greater opportunities for networking and connecting with other attendees at the conference! Much like Facebook and Linkedin, you can view other attendees profiles, send direct messages, participate in the lobby chat room, and more!
The WHA Staff separated conference features according to the following categories: Speakers, Attendees, and Exhibitors. Exhibitors should consult the 2020 Online Platform Exhibits page to find our more about virtual booths; Speakers (also known as "Program Participants" who serve as chairs, moderators, commentators, panelists, and presenters) should consult the 2020 Online Platform Speakers page to learn more about accessing your virtual portal, session page, and learning how best to use Zoom for your 2020 session; Attendees (everyone who "attends" the conference, including speakers) should visit the 2020 Online Platform Attendees page to learn more about navigating the conference, networking with other attendees, and enjoying the sessions as an audience member!
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