YOUR ONLINE CONFERENCE EXPERIENCE: IMPROVED
Thank you for joining PG Connects Digital, the completely-online conference from the makers of Pocket Gamer Connects. Until we’re able to return to live events, we’re all in this together and we’ll look after you! We’ve run multiple online conferences now and we’ve learned a lot of lessons about how to make them smooth and productive. If you’re used to seeing webinars and streams online, you’ll get the idea pretty quickly about how the video talks and panels will work.
NOTE: The Meet To Match meeting platform will go live approximately three weeks before the Digital event, and you will be automatically added to it and notified by email at that point, as long as you have registered for a ticket.
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Everything you expect from a conference, except the bumping into people on the stairs or at the bar. PGC Digital aims to distil the core elements of a regular PGC conference into online form. There’ll be talks, meetings, fringe events and so on. Obviously we aren’t congregating in one physical venue, but using a series of online tools to arrange meetings and watch videos.
The event runs for a week, and you can arrange meetings to take place any time during that period, to suit your local timezone.
Talks will be broadcast via Zoom webinars and take place between 9am and 1:30pm and between 2pm and 8pm. All times listed on the site here are UK times (that will be BST, GMT+1, in April 2021).
You can view the schedule here on the site. During the event itself, we will also email you to remind you of upcoming Zoom sessions, and to share the links with you, which of course is only available to registered attendees. These links will also be visible on the Program part of the MeetToMatch platform, which is where you’ll also plan your meetings. Simply click on the session link (actually a Zoom link) you see and you’ll become an audience member in the track.
A webinar is an online seminar, a presentation broadcast live from anywhere in the world to your computer screen, via a video service.
PGC Digital has two main sorts of video presentations: talks (presented by one individual, often with a slide deck you can follow) which last 20 minutes, and panels (a number of individuals discussing a hot topic) which last 40 minutes. They will all be shown to you over Zoom. There’s more information available on our guide here and also below.
Talks will be broadcast via Zoom webinars and take place between about 9am and 1:30pm (UK time) and between 2pm and 8pm (UK time), Monday to Friday. We will email you to remind you of upcoming Zoom sessions, and to share the link with you. You will also be able to find links in the MeetToMatch platform. See the note above about scheduling.
Talks will happen in a similar way to how they do in a regular PG Connects event. We’ll organise talks into specific themed tracks with a time for each track. Typically individual talks will have a 20-minute length and panels 40 minutes.
The difference, of course, is that rather than being in a track room in London, Helsinki, or Seattle, you’ll be watching from your home, using the popular Zoom video conference chat tool. It even enables you to interact with the speakers
All the talks will be recorded with a video link posted to a private space for delegates within 48 hours. We’ll share the link with you so you can catch up later.
Please note: if the Zoom links are not opening for you, it’s because you have not logged into your Zoom account first. It’s important that you have access to Zoom and are logged in to your own account first – this is not a password from Pocket Gamer Connects, but your own Zoom account. Log in as yourself, and our links will open. There are more hints here.
Meetings will take place over video, so get your webcam ready. You’ll find people to meet, and schedule times to connect, using our matchmaking platform: MeetToMatch. You will probably have used this platform before at another event, for instance in San Francisco alongside GDC.
The meeting platform opens about three weeks before the conference and stays open for a short period afterwards. You will receive an email explaining how to get access when you have registered. When you log into MeetToMatch then, you will be able to establish a default video meeting service: the default is 8×8 but Zoom and Skype are also easy to set up. We have a full guide and FAQ here which should answer all your questions.
There is also a Discord server for informal chat. You’ll be emailed a link to this once registered (there will also be a link within the MeetToMatch platform).
No event would be complete without the traditional side events. We will be running a bunch of activities during the week including Big Indie Pitch (mobile and PC/console separately), Publisher SpeedMatch and Investor Connector. There are also Careers Week activities.
These have their own sign-up processes and you need to apply and be eligible – see the links in the Side Activities menu above. If you’re involved in a fringe event you need to apply using the relevant form, and then wait to be contacted by the event manager with specific details for getting involved. If you’re unsure if you’ve registered contact [email protected] with the title ‘Fringe event question’.
This join-from-anywhere event is brought to you by Steel Media Ltd, the makers of Pocket Gamer Connects, the leading mobile games industry b2b conferences.
We have many years’ experience of running events where people learn new skills, hear from the leading industry experts, and meet other professionals to do business. We’ve got all that for you here too, using the latest web and video tools.
If you are one of the following special cases, we may have additional discounts and benefits for you: press, media partners, small indie studios, students, jobseekers. Please contact [email protected] to discuss.
You can find out more about the video talks and panels here.
You can find out more about the PG Connects Network, your new meeting system, here.
Or you can contact the team directly here: [email protected]