The first ever ICA virtual conference is only days away! Of course, it won’t be the same conference experience. But, besides the excitement of new unknown territory there are still many other things to look forward to.
NO AWKWARD HALLWAY MOMENTS!
Sure, you’ll miss running into those friendly familiar faces at registration. But, what about those times where you did run into someone you vaguely recognized, but could not place their name? You’d think, “Let me take a quick glance at their name badge,” but oh no it was conveniently blocked by a folder, long luscious hair, or heaven forbid the badge for some reason was flipped even though the lanyard had two bulldog clips to prevent twisting! Well, you’d just be in a pickle trying to tiptoe through conversation while mentally going through your brain’s rolodex. Luckily, this situation should not be an issue in the virtual conference where everyone’s name is in their profile (hopefully they decided to add a profile photo!) Nightmare social situation averted!
NO RUSHING AROUND!
Did you ever feel there was just not enough time in between sessions for you to travel from one end of the conference venue to the next? Don’t even get us started when the conference is split between two venues! The steps are just not even worth it at that point. Well, do not worry! You do not need to walk anywhere for this year’s conference. Now you can explore the whole conference from the convenience of your own home. Forget about rushing in between sessions, you can now rush to your refrigerator for a quick snack whenever you want, for however long you want. Or honestly you could probably enjoy that snack during the session! Another bonus! No one is there to judge you for eating when your tummy calls.
NO WAKING UP EARLY FOR THAT DREADED 8AM SESSION!
The conference is asynchronous, meaning nothing is tied to a time or schedule. Feel free to sleep in for that extra hour and watch the presentations at your leisure on your own time (maybe even in bed??).
NO HARD CHOICES BETWEEN TWO SESSIONS AT THE SAME TIME!
Before, maybe two sessions you wanted to attend were at the same time and you just had to pick. Not anymore! Get your comfy pants ready, because now you can binge all the sessions you could ever want! Same television binging rules apply: don’t forget to eat something, drink some water, use the restroom, open the blinds for some sunlight, and wait... where did your dog go?
DON’T FORGET TO BE CREATIVE, IF YOU HAVE THE DESIRE TO!
Don’t forget there are other ways to make #ica20 just as memorable as the in-person conferences from the days of yore. We have other opportunities to make things just as fun for not only ourselves but fellow attendees. If you haven’t already recorded and uploaded your video presentation then you still have a chance to get creative and participate in the #ica20flair contest. There will be three categories and each winner will receive a free conference registration for Denver #ica21.
Category 1: Best background
Category 2: Best Slide featuring a throwback photo of you
Category 3: Best pet/child/plant cameo
ICA Executive Director Laura Sawyer herself will choose the winner. Please remember to tweet with the hashtag so that your presentation can be considered!
YOU CAN STILL ATTEND SOCIAL EVENTS!
We have also mobilized a DREAM TEAM of “local hosts” (The Internet is now our locale, so who better to host us than Nick Bowman (Texas Tech U), Robby Ratan (Michigan State U), Sun Joo Ahn (U of Georgia), and Allison Eden (Michigan State U), who are putting together a few amazing virtual happy hours and hangouts--and maybe even a virtual dance party!--for everyone to enjoy.
Even in a different format, #ica20 will hopefully still be another time for you to catch up with old colleagues or network with others and expand your research. I hope it will be a nice break or change of pace from your quarantine woes. Just remember, #WeWillMeetYouWhereYouAre.