8 Advantages of Virtual Conference

The year 2020 experienced a sharp rise in the number of virtual conferences being held in the place of physical conferences and this trend will continue in 2021 too. Reasons? 1. Cost-Effective This is the most important benefit of online conferences. Virtual conferences will help you in saving a lot of money. Thanks to virtual events, the overall cost of putting on your event will be greatly reduced, 75 percent less expensive to be specific. The only thing planners have to worry about paying is the costs of the virtual meeting platform.   2. Convenient Everyone can easily attend online conferences. All you need is a working internet connection. You can even attend these conferences by using your smartphone. Also, online conferences are available for a lifetime.   3. You can easily collect feedback Like in-person events, feedback is crucial for virtual events. Your attendees will be always available during your virtual conference, which means they can easily answer real-time polls or surveys in sessions.   4. Virtual conferences are global Planners are always trying to increase their event’s reach to engage more people. With virtual events, that’s easy! Your attendees can join your event without traveling. People from across the world can join instantly without thinking about travel. Thus, virtual conferences will help you in growing your audience.   5. The platform will gather lots of data Data collection is typically much easier when you host a virtual conference. Virtual platforms let you know exactly who your audience is and what they do.   6. It Saves Time Because your event is virtual, you’ll also save yourself, your staff, and your attendees so much time. Although virtual events do require some setup time, it’s tremendously less than that of an in-person event. They also require no travel time!   7. Easy Networking Using live text, audio, and video chat, attendees can engage with industry specialists to create connections and get detailed, personalized insights regarding the agenda of the conference.   8. Reduced Environmental Footprint Virtual conferences eliminate the use of brochures or any supplementary material that cause paper waste, and instead make this information available in the form of online resources. In addition, other aspects such as the removal of travel can further reduce the carbon footprint assosicated with your event. If you are willing to organize a Virtual Conference under the WikiStage name apply to become an organizer HERE. Our team will give you al needed support and guidance.
It’s no secret that people are canceling conferences and other events left and right due to the coronavirus pandemic, so what can you do to host a virtual conference? Platform for hosting your online event. This all really depends on your goals and the amount and type of interaction you want your attendees to have. You should also consider whether your chosen platform allows for mobile access. Platform options include: Zoom GoTo Adobe Connect Google Hangouts ON24 Webex   Sound quality Sound quality has a huge impact on an event like this. The last thing you want is a feedback echo distorting the presenter’s audio for a whole session. Make sure your presenters use a microphone headset whenever possible. Also, make sure that attendees mute themselves when they are not talking (or ask your moderators to mute them).   Test Your Tech Once you’ve picked your platform, set up a test. Try out every feature you want to use during your event and record a clip.  Get a second opinion on your sound, video quality, backdrop, and anything else that will optimize your event to be the best it can be.   Time zones His can always be an issue, particularly when participants are attending from all around the world. You may want to poll your target audience ahead of time and see which time zone is best for the majority of your attendees.|   Prepare your moderators and presenters in advance Since the Virtual Conference is conducted entirely online, having well-trained moderators for each session is essential to making the event run smoothly. Once the presenters are selected and the schedule created, moderators are recruited and assigned to each session.   Interact informally with attendees during the conference Live chat questions and answers with the presenters during their sessions, but also a real-time conversations among participants. Discussion boards where presenters can post a copy of their slides and attendees can ask questions about the topic.   Record streamed events Record streamed events so that you can post them later. Make sure you ask permission from presenters to do so, and consider including a comment function that allows the conversation online to continue after the event and from locations not aligned with your time zone. WikiStage provides to its organizers a Pro Zoom account, website page, promotion and guidance through this proccess. Apply to get your organizer license HERE.
My name is Hamdi Salem, I am a student graduate in Financial Sciences, following mathematical and economic studies, always passionate about Financial Markets. At first, I started with the Stock Markets, but then focused entirely on the Cryptocurrency Market, thanks to which I had my first experiences in the field of FinTech, particularly in Blockchain. I have also joined the startup movement, to start my own company. At the beginning I was just a simple entrepreneur, activist of human rights, contributor to this emerging ecosystem (the Algerian entrepreneurial ecosystem). I was organizing event competitions, camps, and workshops where I was sharing my skills with others. WikiStage event is one of the richest experience you can gain - sharing knowledge, moments of joy or positive stress, teamwork… it’s a real adventure! Organiser’s main goal is to succeed in the challenge. It is an opportunity to develop new skills, to learn through acting, to manage a project, to work and collaborate as a team, to discover and experiment with the new horizons. It is also about building yourself; personally and professionally.  In short: it's about getting out of your comfort zone and expanding it. We organized one of the biggest national events in Algeria, the first Colloque WikiStage Tizi-Ouzou in 2019, which took place over two days with more than 1,600 young people joining us at the Kateb Yacine Regional Theater. The big challenge was to launch our activities during the beginning of the popular peaceful movement for the change of the system of governance in Algeria, also called the smiling revolution or the Hirak. My team gathered 30 multidisciplinary young people, all students at Mouloud Mammeri University of Tizi Ouzou campuses whose Project Manager was Céline Hammou. I occasionally thank the rest of the team for giving their best for the success of this event. The theme we had chosen for our WikiStage was “Build your way to success“. We knew that in order to have a successful career, we must not only acquire skills, but also receive the necessary support and guidance to apply them in the real world. This form of event is the best way to boost youth, by bringing their idols on the stage - speakers who have experience in different fields, and who have managed to bring positive change themselves. WikiStgae is helping to share the fears of our young generation and to find solutions together. It's all about sharing the secrets of successful careers, but also failures that came before them. Yu can find these speeches in the form of 12-minute stand-up talks filmed and recorded on a video library with open access and free of charge on the official website: www.wikistage.org. It is also a global networking opportunity as the participants in the event are coming from all over the world. Among the Third World countries, Algeria is arguably the largest country in the MENA region, rich in natural resources and well known for its bad economy situation, but not for long. Algeria is now adopting a new strategy to focus on investing in the progress of youth by promoting startups in order to stimulate economic growth. This came as a result of youth activism. Students from different scientific student’s clubs, associations, NGOs, etc. were organizing awareness-raising events such as national conferences, scientific events, Startup Weekends, Hackathons, and especially WikiStage in almost all the cities of Algeria around different topics. These events have been very successful and have inspired other forms of events, especially about entrepreneurship. These events had a lot of influence on the development of the following government strategies and empowering young people to take the lead, to anticipate change but also to create it if necessary. As a Young Change Maker, Algeria Youth Ambassadors member, I want to contribute to a youth who creates their own models, today, especially as our generation is confronted with a huge panel of problems, on a local, national and global scale. (International pandemic, environmental crisis, poverty, access to health care, education, etc.). I start from the premise that the real solutions will not come from large international companies or governments; rather, it's the young people who build them. I am convinced that we have all the cards in hand to provide real innovative solutions. Young social entrepreneurs are proof of this. Our generation has both the motivation and the sensitivity to do this. Each of them should participate in building the world of tomorrow by encouraging as many young people as possible to become changemakers, young people who, in their respective fields, are bringing about change and impacting their environments, whatever the scale of that change is. With the Coronavirus pandemic, all public gatherings are suspended; it is our duty as a community to adapt to the health situation, and to be able to exist outside the walls in a virtual way and to adapt events to this context where information and communication technology is increasingly developing. We must remain active especially in these most difficult moments, to mobilize and bring comfort and moral support to others.
Sponsoring events in your community can help out organizations in your neighborhood or city and provides real benefits for your business. Here are some of the tips on how you can sponsor an event: 1. Cash/financial sponsors As the name suggests, cash or financial sponsors, are sponsors who literally give money to an event organizer in exchange for the benefits outlined in a  sponsorship agreement. This may include logo placement on signage or promotional materials, pre-event content creation, promotions, and keynote speeches. 2. Media sponsors They are, by definition, companies that are able to provide financial aid in securing media coverage for your event. For example, a media sponsor might pay for an advertisement in a local paper or cover the cost of filming a TV commercial. In some cases, they may also publicize your event through their social media channels, write an article in a publication, or even publish a blog post about your event and organization on their blog/website. 3. Food We will all agree, an event isn’t complete without readily available food. Catering an event can be extremely expensive, because of this, it is extremely important to try to find a food sponsor for your next event. There are many different ways to offer brand activation around food at your event -  company-branded drinks, pop-up restaurants, etc. 4. Venue partners Having the right venue partner is a huge advantage when it comes to the overall success of the event. Venue partners will allow organizations to host events at their venue in exchange for either a discounted or completely free rate. Not only does this type of event sponsorship allow for the venue to gain exposure, but it also gives the organization a great location to host their event! If you share the WikiStage mission and want to show this to our audience, then we invite you to become a sponsor of a specific WikiStage event. You can apply HERE.  
It doesn’t matter how good you are. Fields like design are always changing, shifting, and growing. The only way to stay on the edge is to constantly learn and improve your design skills. These tips will help you make progress and improve your design skills no matter the level you are at.   Seek out opportunities to study with a master who has scaled the graphic design heights you can only dream about today. Deciding on a specialty early in your design career helps you spend more time developing the relevant techniques. Show your work, whether it is on social media, design blogs, or industry forums. If they shred them, that gives you the opportunity to evolve. Master and relish Photoshop, Illustrator, and other design tools. Collaborating with someone more experienced from the design community, teaches you a better design perspective and opens you up to new techniques of the trade. Ask for feedback, either from our mentor or other experienced designers, or both. When it comes to design, experimentation is the key. Trying out new font styles, new color combinations, and experimenting with different tools not only give you more exposure but can also spark inspiration. Join a graphic design community and actively involve yourself in debates and discussions. By surrounding yourself with like minds (online or in-person) you’re giving yourself the opportunity to grow as an artist. Keep informed about the latest developments taking place in the industry. Visit forums to see what people are saying, and get information on the latest software that will improve your work. Always be on good terms with your clients. Resolve any issues amicably - as much as possible - so your client relationships stay in good standing. In order to teach yourself design boost your design skills, you must be persistent and keep reminding yourself why you started in the first place.  WikiStage is looking for volunteers to become WikiStage Designers. If you have great skills in design that you want to share with the world, apply here.
Blogging is one of those jobs that seems easy until you have to do it. Fortunately, it does get easier, and with time and practice, you’ll be blogging like a professional. 1. Generate ideas Coming up with winning ideas is often the most difficult part of blogging, so it’s crucial to carve out time for creative thinking. To get started, consider your goals, niche, your target audience, and what you want to offer readers and customers. Begin by jotting down the types of stories your readers might be interested in. 2. Write a great headline There are two main approaches you can take to writing blog post headlines. You can either decide on your final headline before you write the rest of your post (and use your headline to structure your outline), or you can write your blog post with a working title and see what fits when you’re done. 3. Add Subheadings and Shorter Paragraphs to Break up the Page Formatting is very important for blog posts. Usually, people skim through the content before they actually decide to read it, so it’s recommended to break up your article with subheadings. Another good tip is to use shorter paragraphs to help your readers work their way through your post. 4. Write as you talk Writing like you’re talking to your reader can make them feel like they’re having a conversation with someone, rather than actually reading a post. This way your readers will feel like you’re talking to them one-on-one. 5. Have someone else to read your work This is crucial for inexperienced or casual bloggers. Asking a friend or colleague to check your work isn’t an admission of weakness or a sign of failure – it’s a commitment to making your work as strong as it possibly can be. WikiStage is looking for blog writers for our new website. If you are willing to show your writing skills and share your knowledge about the topics that you can find on our website (science, education, motivation, technology, etc.), apply here and let us know what you want to write about!
For many people, blogging is a hobby, but a lucky few earn money from them. You too can turn your passion into an amazing career, by writing about what you love and know the best. Develop your skills First things first, to become a successful blogger, there are some essential skills that you need to develop. Hard skills: SEO & Research, Writing - Grammar & Spelling, Marketing. Soft skills: Patience, Motivation, Communication, Organisational skills. Both these hard and soft skills are particularly important for those of you who are planning to start making money out of your blogging career. Be a Good Researcher A very important step is to choose your niche. You need to work hard here to be sure that your niche has a long-run future. Choose the niche which has value in the market and one which gives your exploration opportunities. However, it should also match your likability. You can analyze the competition of your niche through its search volume and keyword difficulty. Be a Good Communicator You need to be a good communicator in order to know how to become a blogger and start earning. This quality of yours engages users to your blog and give answers to their issues at the same time. A good communicator makes a technical article to be both witty and knowledgeable. More time on your blog will increase your reach to people and that’s where you started to earn. Network online & face-to-face Networking is an extremely beneficial activity that helps to improve your chances of success. Whether you connect with fellow bloggers on LinkedIn or Facebook groups or you decide to attend face-to-face networking events, the people you meet could significantly boost your career. Complete an Internship Searching for an internship is a great way to advance your blogging career. Whether you decide to find an internship in Content writing alone or a broader sector such as Marketing, the choice is yours. Internships and traineeships provide great opportunities to develop key skills needed to enter a blogging career. An internship will benefit your blogging career in many ways, you will gain practical, creditable experience that you can add to your CV or to your LinkedIn and other professional networks. WikiStage is looking for blog writers for our new website. If you are willing to show your writing skills and share your experience with WikiStage (weather is about your experience as an organizer or attendee of our events), apply here and let us know what you want to write about!

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