Covid-19 continues to make most of us work from home. Many in the lighting community have found their efficiency has actually improved: no time lost in transit and travel, less pressure, more availability, better sleep quality, and improved psychological health—but on the other side of the ledger, they (and we) miss the collegial conviviality of face-to-face discussions. Nevertheless, being made to stay home, we’ve discovered and built a new topography of work, and it’s one that allows for greater happiness.
Lately this new topography has been much in mind here at Driving Vision News as we’ve wrestled with the decision of how to handle the Car Smart Interior Workshop, originally scheduled as an in-person event in Darmstadt, Fermany, on 24 September 2020. There’s an ongoing, real risk to having people gather together for a day, and the world at large seems to have got the hang of holding all kinds of events online, so we decided to make it a livestream event instead. That way it will be accessible to the greatest possible number of community members.
There are great challenges here; in-person networking has long been crucial to the success of DVN Workshops, and we have figured out how to maintain and bolster that in the new reality through a pre-organized tour, and B2B chat/business meeting options open a few days before the event for all registered attendees.
Powered by ExpoWizard, the event will include a virtual expo remaining open 7 days after the event, as well as video recordings of all lectures accessible in V.O.D. from the moment they start until the end of the conference week.
Our priority is to avoid unnecessary risk to the health of Workshop participants. We are busily working on solutions to put on something close to a physical workshop. And as usual, we will make all our best to succeed.
Online registration is open; please go ahead and sign up!
Watch for more information in this Newsletter In-Depth article.