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What is your field and how do you find virtual programs and conferences?

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Yuna’s Answer

Hi there! I work in the realm of instructional design and program management. If you're on the hunt for virtual conferences, a great place to start is by checking out the websites of professional associations related to your field. Here, you'll find a list of all the upcoming conferences, both in-person and online.
So, go ahead and explore these websites. You're bound to find some virtual conferences that align with your interests.
Best of luck on your search!
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Laurie’s Answer

My field is training and development. I am retired from public school education too. Both industries have professional organizations where you can purchase memberships (sometimes the employer will pay for the memberships). Often these organizations have student memberships that cost a fraction of the price or are free. Depends on the industry.
For example, I currently have a membership with the Association for Talent Development (ATD). This organization has an annual conference, both in person and virtually. Professional organizations often publish magazines for members, publish articles available on their website, and offer online courses for professional development.
When I was a teacher and a principal, I belonged to organizations like the Association for the Supervision of Curriculum Development (ASCD) and state associations like the Michigan Council for Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM). Professional organizations like these are great resources for learning and networking.
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Ayushman’s Answer

My area is in telecommunications. In this area keeping up with the latest technologies is very important. Virtual conferences are an excellent way to get to listen to what is happening in the industry. This is important as it will allow those seeking a career in the field to demonstrate sector specific knowledge. One needs to be picky in what conferences to attend as it is easy to get overwhelmed with the volume of online events. Select topics that matter to you from a career or interest perspective.

I find the online events to be of not much use for building new connections. It is difficult to meet new people via chat and unless there is a robust video networking platform one can't really get to know people. You can however get to know the speakers from their presentations. That may be helpful if you are trying to build a connection with the speaker or applying for a job in their team.
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Hasan’s Answer

1. Use online search engines: Searching for virtual programs and conferences using online search engines such as Google or Bing can be a great place to start. Look for keywords related to your specific interests, such as “virtual conferences” or “virtual events”.

2. Follow industry websites and publications: Many industry websites and publications keep track of upcoming virtual events and programs. Follow these websites, and you’ll be sure to find out about the latest virtual events.

3. Join virtual networking groups: There are numerous virtual networking groups that specialize in keeping their members up to date on the latest virtual events and programs. Joining these groups is a great way to find out about upcoming virtual events.

4. Ask around: If you know anyone who is involved in virtual events or programs, ask them if they know of any upcoming virtual events or programs. This is a great way to find out about events that may not be widely advertised.
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Ujunwa 'UJ'’s Answer

My field is Healthcare and Information Technology. As for finding virtual programs and conferences, there are several ways to do it. I usually use search engines like Google or Bing to search for keywords related to my interests and add terms like 'virtual,' 'online,' or 'webinar' to my search. I also check social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, where organizations often promote their virtual events.

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Additionally, there are several directories such as Eventbrite, Meetup, and Eventful that list virtual events, and I sometimes check with professional associations in my field for information on upcoming events.
I also ask my colleagues and friends for recommendations. It's important to plan ahead and register early for virtual events as they often have limited capacity.
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Kessler’s Answer

I am in the field of software & hardware engineering. I try to find projects & groups of people who share a common goal. It is a very straightforward process due to the plethora of online chat sites & tech news blogs.
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