It feels like every day since covid kicked off there’s another conference that’s ‘going virtual’.
I get it, they are part of the usual rhythm of normal life and people want to ‘stay connected’. I have a few thoughts I need to process about this…
- Paying hundreds of dollars to sit in front of my computer for multiple days (maybe even a Saturday) doesn’t sound very appealing to me
2… If the value is about sharing research, what are we waiting for? The internet gives us the opportunity to do this continually, it doesn’t cost hundreds of dollar and doesn’t require a gatekeeper to tell you if you’re allowed to share or not
- If the value is about networking, what are we waiting for? The internet means we can break free from the occasional catch ups at conferences and keep the conversations happening pervasively throughout the year.
I’m not saying online conferences don’t offer any value, I’m just not sure it’s at the high price tag many are asking for.
What do you think? Do you think they’re worth it? Am I just being cynical? Am I missing something?