Re: NVDACon 2020 post-mortem analysis: success, moving to a different platform, Twitter feed
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Shaun brought up an important point: who is this event for? The answer to this will have stunning implications for next year’s organizers:
I think some of the reasons for getting ourselves into a corner like this is due to old assumptions regarding the NVDACon, its character, and scale. Earlier iterations of this event were successful when considering that the event was limited to the NVDA community. This changed in 2016 and 2017 when the gathering became larger and more prominent, evidenced by more mentions in blindness presses and presentation line-up. When considering the pandemic, this year was a success, made more prominent as people tuned into events via a live stream.
The fact that we even had a live stream and willingness by people in places such as Spain to translate the keynote for their language communities means we have crossed a bridge of no return. Prior to this, it was word of mouth that influenced NVDACon’s reputation. Of course folks tuning in via TeamTalk had slightly better experiences as they had live access to presenters and the conference in general. But now the conference was streamed live and keynote was translated into Spanish a few hours after the main event, and you can see why we cannot go back to NvDACon of yesteryear. In short, folks will need to think carefully about the target audience and the communities they are serving and wish to reach out to.
I’m sure some of us do not want NVDACon to become another fan meeting. If NVDACon did become a fan meeting, held using a platform that the community thinks is acceptable and accessible only by the community and fans, then NVDACon will not be able to escape the corner it has found itself in: a niche event. If next year’s organizers decide that NVDACon should become more global and mainstream in terms of audience outreach and creative content, then folks need to make strategic decisions early and move the event in a direction that restores its reputation as a source of useful information and filled with timely analyses and critiques of NVDA and its community. Choosing a platform is just one of the things to be decided based on an overall vision and strategy; others include content that does contribute meaningful information, willingness to listen to critics, and professional event execution. NVDACon is not a fan meeting; it’s a professional gathering of the community that must now consider its impact on outside audiences.
Some important suggestions and recommendations forthcoming.
From: intl@NVDACon.groups.io <intl@NVDACon.groups.io> On Behalf Of Shaun Everiss
Sent: Tuesday, December 8, 2020 2:57 PM
Subject: Re: [NVDACon] NVDACon 2020 post-mortem analysis: success, moving to a different platform, Twitter feed
I agree, also who are we pandering to.
I know people stream in obs but to be honest, unless a sightling hosts it, who will be able to do that sort of thing.
I guess we could stream the conference on youtube and have pictures of those speaking or something, but really this aint for a sighted audiance.
Now, saying that, we are backed by google and others so if someone wants to contribute that would be fine.
Personally, while I can use zoom and yes its good for a job, as a platform I woouldn't probably bother with it, I mean it works but teamtalk is widely used by the blind and its still being developed.
The other way we could do this is skype.
Another thing we could try is microsoft teams but I have no idea if we can use teams as personal users or if we need a business adress to handle this.
I don't think teams is for personal users but I could be wrong.
We could use skype as another alternit but I don't think moderation is a thing that can happen in skype.
I guess we could use hangouts or its equivilant on the new google platform since just about everyone has edge or chrome or something like it.
Thing is, is this for the blind or the sighted here.
The blind will not want or need videos.
If we are going to have pictures on a stream, that would work for the talks, the keynote maybe and a few other things.
However the forums, probably not so much.
I guess we could have a zoom room for the lightning talks/webinars and keynote and the teamtalk for general but its a bit bitsy.
I have no idea what services would work on miranda, with the death of aim, yahoo im, msn im, and the like as well as twitter pritty much, the only mainstream stuff we have are zoom or teams.
For the blind, we have ventrilo, teamtalk and teamspeak.
Of course we could always have a chat app developed with the teamtalk apis and that could work.
We could always have a stereo room with the right codecs but who knows.
We will always have issues.
On 9/12/2020 9:57 am, Adriani Botez wrote: