Embracing change is top of mind for us right now. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, the events industry has taken a seismic toll.
However, responding to the unexpected and providing the best experience possible in spite of challenges are talents our customers and industry have taught us about time and again.
On our end, we’ve created two things to help in these unprecedented times. Firstly, our own e-conference, Admission Online, and secondly, a new product to help create delightful online event experiences and to bring communities online, Vito.
Our Virtual Conference: Admission Online
We want to bring our community together to share some of the stories of how our peers have overcome adversity and embraced change successfully, both before and during the COVID-19 crisis.
With that, our dedicated online conference on the topic, Admission Online was born. We’ll be hosting that on March 31st.
As such we’re delighted to announce our stellar speaker line up, beginning with:
Jessie Char – Co-Founder, Layers
If you attended our inaugural Admission conference in 2018, you’ll already have had the pleasure of seeing Jessie present. Then, she shared with us the story of her and Elaine Pow’s brainchild, Layers. Layers is a satellite conference of WWDC which is lauded every year for its attention to detail, invaluable content for designers, and snacks.
Since then, Layers has been forced to abandon its plans for its in-person conference in favour of an online alternative. Jessie will be presenting on her strategy to monetise their existing content in light of this pivot to a remote approach.
Jay-Ann Lopez – Founder, Black Girl Gamers
Jay-Ann Lopez is the award-winning Founder of Black Girl Gamers; an influential platform that heightens black women’s voices in gaming and advocates for diversity and inclusion in the industry. It is also the home of the largest community of Black womxn gamers globally; boasting 5,500+ members. BGG has been a moving force in the industry and sparked discourse on Black women’s representation in games and the industry.
Black Girl Gamers hosts its own event ‘Pass the Pad’, recently started ‘Gamer Girls Night In’, and has held panels and talks at the V&A Museum, Twitter and PAX East to address racism and sexism in the gaming industry.
Chris Coyier – Co-Founder of CodePen and Co-Host of ShopTalk Podcast
Chris is a web designer and developer. He built CSS-Tricks, a website all about building websites. He is also the co-founder of CodePen, a social development environment for front-end web designers and developers.
In addition to this, along with Dave Rupert, Chris is the co-host of a podcast called ShopTalk, a show about (you guessed it), building websites.
Chris has spoken at events and given workshops all over the world at conferences like An Event Apart, Smashing Conf, and Webstock. He has also written two books: Practical SVG and Digging Into WordPress.
Yassmin Abdel-Magied – Writer, and recovering engineer
Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a writer, broadcaster, and award-winning social advocate. Yassmin trained as a mechanical engineer and worked on oil and gas rigs around Australia for years before becoming a writer and broadcaster in 2016. She published her debut memoir, Yassmin’s Story, with Penguin Random House at age 24, and followed up with her first fiction book for younger readers, You Must Be Layla, in 2019.
Yassmin has spoken in over 20 countries on unconscious bias and inclusive leadership. Her TED talk, What does my headscarf mean to you, has been viewed over two million times and was one of TED’s top 10 ideas of 2015.
Kristina Halvorson – CEO of Brain Traffic
She also founded Confab, the first U.S. conference dedicated to the topic of content strategy. The conference debuted in May of 2011, selling out several months in advance and attracting attendees from all over the world. She also regularly conducts online seminars about content strategy, and works closely with Fortune 500 companies as both a speaker and consultant.
Onstage, Kristina is a celebrated speaker, well-known for her humorous, practical, and inspiring talks. She has appeared as a featured speaker at over 100 conferences around the world. Kristina’s articles and interviews have appeared on dozens of blogs, podcasts, online magazines, and other media.
Rand Fishkin – Founder of SparkToro
Rand Fishkin is the co-founder and CEO of SparkToro. He’s dedicated his professional life to helping people do better marketing through his blogging, videos, speaking, and his book, Lost and Founder. When Rand’s not working, he’s most likely to be in the company of his partner in marriage and (mostly petty) crime, author Geraldine DeRuiter.
To register for Admission Online, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org and our Head of Community, Annie, will get you set up.
Tito’s business is intrinsically associated with our customers’ events. We have been discussing internally, and with a number of customers, how we can help each other during this difficult time and beyond.
Over the past number of weeks, we’ve been developing a new system we’ve called Vito. We’ve designed it as a new product to bring your community together online, deliver your content in an innovative way, and help you honour your commitments to your sponsors.
We’ll be unveiling Vito more elaborately at Admission Online, on March 31st at 5pm GMT+1.
If you’re interested in any of this content you can register now to join us. Alternatively, if you have an immediate interest in using Vito for your own events, you can click here to register interest to have access to the beta version as soon as it launches.