Challenges

As one of many conferences forced to go virtual due to the pandemic, the Australian Labour Law Association was looking for a user-friendly virtual platform for its 2021 National Conference (ALLA Conference 2021). This platform had to be intuitive for the expected 100 delegates – the number of attendees that ordinarily attend the usual in-person conferences – and 51 speakers, including The Hon Tony Burke MP, Senator Amanda Stoker and the Fair Work Ombudsman.

Solutions

eMeeting was the solution, which was integrated with Zoom to provide familiarity for speakers for their presentations. All attendees viewed the presentations via the eMeeting platform, which was customised with the association’s branding and included a Q&A capability for live questions.

To avoid any technical issues, all speakers and chairs were offered either 1:1 rehearsals or group training sessions in advance of the conference. This was followed up with full briefing notes for reference.

Tony Burke MP addresses delegates at ALLA 2021 National Conference

Outcomes

Thanks to pre-event preparation for speakers, the virtual conference ran like clockwork with no technical difficulties. Registration targets were also surpassed by 150%, with 255 registrations.

Overwhelmingly positive feedback was also received, with attendees from the Kingsford Community Legal Centre describing it as “the best online conference throughout Covid” while attendee Peter Gray said: “You and your organising committee did a wonderful job of ensuring that the necessary switch to online did not destroy the spirit that always pervades an ALLA conference.”