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HCSS 2020 Virtual Conference Venue

The HCSS Conference will be hosted on the Hopin.to virtual conferencing platform. Hopin is a virtual venue with multiple interactive areas that are optimized for connecting and engaging. The conference is free to attend but you must register to gain access: https://cps-vo.org/group/hcss_conference/registration

Q: How do I access the online conference?
A: In the week prior to the conference registrants will receive an email from noreply[at]hopin.to with a link to access the virtual conference. Click the Accept Registration button to enter the conference.

Q: What technology do I need?
A: Use a modern browser for best experience. Hopin recommends Chrome or Chromium. An internet connection that allows you to participate in a Google Meet or Zoom call should be sufficient for the Hopin platform.

Q: Do I have to download something to run Hopin?
A: No. Hopin runs in your browser.

Q: Can I listen to the conference via phone?
A: No. Audio can only be heard through Hopin directly.

Q: What is Hopin Networking? What happens when I click the Ready button?
A: While HCSS attendees won’t be able to meet someone new in the hallway, they can meet random attendees through one-on-one video networking.

When an attendee clicks the Ready button they are immediately matched with a random fellow attendee via face-to-face video, similar to chat roulette. Meetings end automatically after five minutes. Attendees can leave at any time.

Conversation partners may decide to share contact information by clicking the Connect button. If both parties click Connect, the pair can find each other’s contact information (email address and social media) via the Connect section of their Hopin account. (Learn more about the Connect feature.)

Q: What does it mean to Connect with another attendee?
A: Networking conversation partners may decide to share contact information by clicking the Connect button. If both parties click Connect, the pair can find each other’s contact information (email address and social media) via the Connect section of their Hopin account. (Learn more about the Connect feature.)

Q: What’s the difference between the Event and Session chat?
A: The event chat is for conference-wide discussions. It’s accessible on every page of the platform. The session chat is for discussions during session presentations. Questions for speakers should be put in the session chat.

Q: What happens when I @ mention someone in the public event chat channels?
A: Users can type the @ symbol and a few characters of an attendee’s first name to highlight that person’s name and profile within the chat stream. The mentioned attendee does not receive a notification.

Q: What happens when I send an attendee a direct message?
A: Attendees can message each other through direct messages. To send a DM, find the person you wish to chat with in the People tab, click their profile photo and send the message. A red dot in the recipient’s People tab and on the envelope icon (top right) will let them know they have a new message.

Q: What happens when I invite another attendee to a video call?
A: The attendee will receive a direct message letting them know that you’ve invited them to a video call. You will both receive a link to a private session room within Hopin. The room will allow up to five people to share their webcam, therefore you may share the link with up to three other people.