Designing virtual events
Most events moved to virtual formats due to COVID-19 – and some will stay virtual in the future – which presents new challenges and creative opportunities. Here are some tips for designing a digital event that is both accessible and inclusive.
Consider creating mailing lists or hosting smaller meetups before, during, or after your event to build belonging and trust among attendees groups such as racial identity and allies, gender identity and allies, first-time attendees, or small business owners. Use your invite to build community groups and ensure that participation is always optional and open to all.
Developing your content
Ensure your speaker lineup and content plan accommodates accessibility standards and includes people from underrepresented backgrounds.
Aim for a diverse speaker lineup. Be sure to connect with speakers ahead of time to understand what topics are off limits and be cautious not to tokenize them by using their identity as their defining characteristic (unless that is the focus of the content).
Be mindful of the length of presentations to accommodate neurodivergent individuals and those with other disabilities.
Before your presentation:
During your presentation:
After your event: