Due to the COVID-19 pandemic options are limited for 2020. RQA feels that changing the conference to a virtual one would be the safest option for all staff, delegates, exhibitors and speakers involved in the running of it.
A virtual conference also takes out the inconvenience of travelling - in the current climate it is unsure what the working world will look like at the end of the year, so a virtual conference is a great idea. It can be accessed from anywhere and limits time out of the office.
It will be like you're really there
RQA's virtual conference will immerse you into the event from your desk. Walk around the lobby, stop by the community lounge and sit in the main auditorium. Interactive elements such as chat, networking, Q&A, games, exhibition stands and more will make attendees feel like they are at a physical conference.
Although we realise that networking can never be the same as a physical event, we have put together as many networking options as we can to ensure you can still meet with colleagues as you would at a normal conference. We will be offering 1:1 chat, video and voice calls, GxP group chats, a quiz night and the ability to setup your own networking groups if you wanted to catch up with friends over lunch or break time.
One of the number one reasons for attending RQA2020 is cost. Unlike our physical conference, there will be no travel or accommodation costs. We have also reduced the attendance price for the event.
More people can attend
There are fewer barriers involved in virtual conferences. Due to the cost savings more delegates will be able to attend and there are massive savings in time. More attendees = more networking opportunities.
The conference will be available for 30 days on the platform after the event has run, meaning delegates can go back to view presentations they may have missed. We will then publish the presentations we have permission to publish on our website.
The conference will be open for 15 hours per day, which means content can be accessed across the timezones with live presentations available as on demand after they have run.
Learn at your own pace
Play back/re-visit presentations and pause to take notes if you want a recap on presentations or take notes at a later date.
If you are normally nervous in asking questions in front of a large auditorium, this obstacle has been removed. Speakers can be asked questions directly and get immediate responses in the chat Q&A function.
There is undoubtably a massive environmental reason to attend virtually - not only has transport been eradicated, but the amount of waste a physical conference generates can be massive.