Re: NVDACon 2020 post-mortem analysis: success, moving to a different platform, Twitter feed

Quentin Christensen

Congratulations Joseph, Robert, Derek, Austin, Laura and everyone involved on running a very successful and well received NVDACon, great job!

Joseph, you will be missed, but you have setup a great foundation and got a talented group of people holding the fort so enjoy your time away from running the show next year!

In terms of cost, NV Access are certainly willing to contribute financially to whatever solution is going to work best for the conference organisers and participants - although of course we need to be able to justify the expense as well, and it may be that approaching a particular platform about sponsorship is worthwhile.

For now, congratulations again on a great conference, and I look forward to hearing the recordings!


On Tue, Dec 8, 2020 at 11:48 AM Robert Hänggi <aarjay.robert@...> wrote:

Again, for reference, here is the pricing page of zoom:

I'm horrified when I check the feature we want and read the total cost.
I've read comments like "If they can't afford $10 per month, I will
gladly pay it from my own pocket".
This is very misleading. The minimum plan for our purpose costs $200 per year
The ideal plan (with phone calling, enough participants, live
streaming, multiple rooms, replays, better website integration and so
on) amounts to $1200 per year.

Some people said that we could use their accounts.
I don't know how you feel about it but I don't like the thought to be
dependant on others.
Nonetheless, we will check out the options and Doug lee (as Joseph
said) is composing a workbook with all the possibilities.


On 08/12/2020, Lino Morales <linomorales001@...> wrote:
> Yes you are correct James. I wonder between NV Access and
> individuals/non for proffit orgs around the world with some promotion
> etc. could raise money to use Zoom? If the NVDA community worldwide
> starts something like this now that would be great. Yeah I know many
> folks can't donate, but if we get said orgs for the blind on board that
> would be a running start.
> On 12/7/2020 6:27 PM, James Teh wrote:
>> I'd respectfully point out that Zoom is not free - it actually ends up
>> being quite costly for something like NVDACon - so it's not simply a
>> matter of popular opinion. Any proposal to move to an alternative
>> platform also needs to consider how that platform will be funded
>> and/or set up.
>> Jamie
>> On Tue, Dec 8, 2020 at 9:08 AM Lino Morales <linomorales001@...
>> <mailto:linomorales001@...>> wrote:
>>     I didn't partake in the Con this year, however I vote for Zoom for
>>     2021 and later. As you stated Joseph the hosts have more control.
>>     I'm been crowing about getting Zoom for the past couple of years
>>     pree pandemic. Glad it went well and hope to hear the recordings
>> soon.
>>     On 12/7/2020 4:39 PM, Joseph Lee wrote:
>>>     Hi all,
>>>     First, it was great to see many people at NVDACon 2020. I
>>>     personally consider this a successful event despite the pandemic
>>>     and its effects. Although we had issues in the beginning, it ran
>>>     smoothly, especially as the post-keynote QnA was very extensive.
>>>     A few thank you’s:
>>>       * Robert Hangi: chairing the organizing committee and upgrading
>>>         the pre-keynote experience.
>>>       * Laura Cornwell and friends: effective promotion, and for
>>>         streaming parts of the conference.
>>>       * Austin Pinto and other recording engineers.
>>>       * Derek Riemer: infrastructure and providing support.
>>>       * NV Access crew: another amazing keynote.
>>>       * Presenters: for diversifying the topics.
>>>     And most importantly, audience members who shared their passion
>>>     for NVDA and giving organizers countless encouragements. Hope the
>>>     event served as a healing moment for you.
>>>     Second, based on actual experience and post-event feedback, I
>>>     would like to suggest that organizers look into a different
>>>     platform for NVDACon 2021 and beyond. Of course we have to think
>>>     about accessibility and outreach, but mostly to help future
>>>     conference moderators perform their tasks more efficiently. Zoom
>>>     is a possibility, and Doug Lee apparently organized an Excel
>>>     spreadsheet with potential platforms. I would also like to
>>>     suggest that when a platform is chosen, organizers meet regularly
>>>     using that platform to familiarize themselves as to how to use it
>>>     effectively.
>>>     Lastly, NVDACon Twitter feed is still alive. The next post from
>>>     there will be done when recordings become available.
>>>     I announced this after the closing forum, but this is to affirm
>>>     that I will not be participating in NVDACon planning for next
>>>     year. However, if people want me to, I can give coaching for
>>>     presenters upon request – mostly to go over online presentation
>>>     etiquette, how to respond to comments, and refining small things
>>>     in content. Apart from that, I will be your biggest fan from the
>>>     distance.
>>>     May the NVDACon continue to bridge the community for years to come.
>>>     Cheers,
>>>     Joseph
>>>     Joseph S. Lee
>>>     Student (communication studies), California State University, Los
>>>     Angeles
>>>     Code contributor and add-ons reviewer, NVDA screen reader project
>>>     Certified NVDA Expert, 2019
>>>     Founding chair, NVDA Users and Developers Conference (NVDACon –
>>>     2014 to 2016

Quentin Christensen
Training and Support Manager

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