The AJHA 40th annual conference is just a few weeks away. We are excited to host the virtual conference on the Whova platform and hope that members will find it to be an enjoyable experience.
A primary reason that we selected Whova was for its networking capabilities, including the following highlights:
- Each attendee can create a profile with a photo and as much or as little information as they like--including a CV for those who are on the job market. This will make it easy for attendees to network with each other.
- Attendees can engage in one-on-one text chats or on the message board, just like bumping into each other in the hallways between sessions.
- Attendees can create one-on-one or small-group video meet-ups, just like going out for a coffee or beer at the conference hotel. We hope that committees, students, and scholars with similar research specialties will take advantage of this feature for interest group confabs during the Saturday morning meeting time.
- Our Historian Speed Meet event on Friday is a special Whova "networking tables" feature that enables attendees to talk with a lot of people in a short span of time, just like mingling at our reception or gala dinner. Attendees are randomly assigned to a virtual table of 3-4 individuals and will be randomly re-assigned at regular intervals over the course of the hour.
Another reason we selected Whova was for its security. The platform is seamlessly integrated with Zoom video conferencing. Each session will be embedded directly into the Whova platform. Only registered attendees will have access, and they will not be able to share the meeting with anyone. Whova's own Q&A feature allows attendees to post questions and comments during the sessions.
Though online, the research paper sessions, panels, and even the virtual historical tour will provide the same enlightening and engaging conference experience AJHA members have come to expect. Check out the schedule and, if you have not registered yet, you can do so through Oct. 6 at this link.
Erika Pribanic-Smith, AJHA Secretary &
Virtual Conference Administrator