How does it actually work?
The conference uses an easy-to-use bulletin board, which is split
into different areas. Each workshop and presentation has its own
area with a discussion. Delegates log into the conference and read/watch
the presentations and then discuss these with the presenters/other
In terms of the way the conference is organised, it is much like
a physical conference, only delegates do not need to travel and
are not in the same room as the other delegates. The conference
is open 24 hours a day, so delegates can login whenever it suits
their working hours and time zone. Each day a summary of each discussion
is posted, so it's easy to keep up with what's going on.
Delegates get access to the conference one week before the conference
starts to look around, familiarise themselves with how it works
(it's real easy to use) and read/watch the presentations, chat in
the social area, etc. During the actual conference, the discussions
are open and people will be posting their comments and questions.
It's a very supportive environment and it's amazing to hear of the
experience and views from people all over the world.
After the conference is over, delegates have a further month to
read any bits they missed or would like to read again. There is
no restriction on how many times a delegate can log in. For more
informatoion see the FAQ section or contact
us for more information.
Here's what a few previous delegates said about the SDP conferences:
"I would like to say I think this was the best conference
I have ever attended. I hope I dont sound insincere when I
say the experience was almost indescribable. The wealth of knowledge,
experience, and perspective brought by the delegates and presenters
alike was amazing."
"Excellent in terms of cost, excellent in terms of flexibility
and access. I would have real problems attending a 'normal' conference
due to childcare issues, so this was a real bonus for me. It also
enabled people from much further away to participate... So I think
we had a more international mix than would have been possible otherwise.
I thought the idea was great and it worked really well for me. It
never really occurred to me that this type of thing might be possible,
but I think it was really effective."
"I would do this again in a heartbeat . The level of the discussion
and supportive, respectful tone of the comments set it way above
many live forums (or online, too) that I have been in."
"The preconference plan was superb, to be able to read the papers
and take notes a week before the conference. Good thing someone
emailed me and warned me that the papers were ready to be read.
Just many thanks for this great opportunity to share with great
minds. I felt my own philosphy was solidified, congealed, affirmed,
and shared! Cannot do that much in a hotel conference!"
"Having recently come back from a conference in the US which
cost hundreds of pounds to attend (including flights, accommodation,
etc) and involved two days' enforced under-activity while travelling,
I would have to say that on-line conferencing like this just has
to be a major part of the future. It is so many times more convenient,
with the added bonus that you can (a) participate in several discussions
simultaneously and (b) every part is 'frozen' for us all to re-live
during the discussions as and when we need to. How many times would
I have appreciated such a "run what you said three days ago
by me again" facility at a face to face event!"
See more comments and information on our previous SDP conferences