Latest news (August 19th): all videos can now be watched without an account or purchase.
Online Tickets are available! For €35 (incl. VAT) you can get access to the virtual venue and live stream on July 8th, plus one month exclusive access to the full playback and individual videos.
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Unable or unwilling to travel and meet in person? No problem, we're offering an Online Ticket that gives access to a virtual venue and live stream of the main event, plus one month exclusive access to playback.
You can join us live, tune in half-way, or replay the entire stream at your own convenience.
After the MODXpo, we'll slice up the full 8 hour stream into the individual talks, and make those available on our video site to make it easier to rewatch in the future. Replay and videos is exclusive to people who attended in-person or bought an online ticket, for one month after the conference.
The entire conference from 9:30-18:00 will be live streamed with a multiple camera set up. If you tune in later, you can either follow the rest live, or replay from the start.
The full replay will be available shortly after the live stream ends, through the same live stream page we'll send you the link to a few days in advance. We'll also cut the recording into each individual talk, and offer those through our video site after a few days.
The replay and individual videos are exclusive to Online Ticket holders for one month.
To bring your online experience to a similar level as in-person conferences, we're not just creating a live stream for you, but also a virtual venue that allows you to interact with others attending online. That includes (video) calling with proximity chat, and a regular text chat.
We're also embedding the Q&A/Polls widget for you, so you can easily send your questions to the speaker in the venue. Note that the latency between in-person and online is around 20 seconds so there's some delay between when things happen in the widget and on the stream.
At the top of the page, you can choose a few options (virtual venue or just the live stream, show Q&A and polls), and easily toggle the window to full-screen. It just runs in the browser, so there's nothing to install, and it even runs decently on modern phones/tablets from our initial testing. The top of the screen will also have a live-updating status, that will show you who's talking or when things are happening.
The live portal works okay-ish on mobile, though you'll likely want to just focus the stream in full screen in that case. If you can, we encourage using a larger device to fit the venue and Q&A widget.
The Virtual Venue lets you "walk around" in a couple of different rooms, and connect with fellow remote viewers through chat and (video) calling.
On the main stage, the stream is front and center and calling is disabled; you can communicate through the chat and send emojis flying across the screen. (We're looking at getting your reaction emojis visible in the venue as well.)
In the Theater, you can find yourself a comfortable seat and watch together. The Theater is also a quiet room, so limited to just the built-in chat and emojis.
In the Lounge, the rules are a bit more relaxed, and proximity calling is enabled. That means you can watch the stream and talk to people around you at the same time!
There are various seats to position yourself, for example below you can see the three of us have chosen a nice seat by the screen in the bottom left.
Aside from the main stage which lets literal thousands of people join, the other rooms have a max capacity of 50 people at once. We'll add some more rooms depending on the total number of expected online attendees, including one or two rooms without the stream for people that just want to hangout.
The virtual venue will be open from 05:00 CEST July 8th through 05:00 CEST on July 9th, so you can join early or hangout later if you'd like.
Aside from the virtual venue, you can also choose just the stream without further distractions. You wont have access to the chat that way (could still access Slack, though), but a useful view on smaller devices or for viewing parties.
For the stream itself, we have a multi-camera setup to offer different angles to follow whoever is speaking, plus a direct feed of the presenters' screen in full quality. We'll mix it live, and stream it to you via an embedded Vimeo Live event in 1080P.
We're renting professional equipment and have technical help from an experienced local AV company, combined with a live mixing PC we're already setting up with various scenes and overlays. There will be a wired internet connection for us at the venue to help with network stability.
While we're well prepared to give you a proper show, it's the first time we're doing this type of live mixing and streaming, and live events can be notoriously tough. We'll likely mess up some camera transitions, accidentally disable the wrong microphone, or encounter unexpected or stability issues on the spot. We'll learn and improve during the day. Make sure to let us know via the chat, Slack, or Twitter if something's not looking right.
If the live stream, in particular the internet connectivity, does fail catastrophically, we will be recording the entire stream locally as backup to upload in full quality later.
#MODXpo on Slack
Aside from the chat in the Virtual Venue, you may want to use the #MODXpo channel in the MODX Community Slack for discussing things live as well, as that's more easily accessible to people visiting in-person as well.
As organisation we'll also monitor that more than the in-room chats, so use that to report any issues.
We'll be using Vimeo's free automatic captions for the live stream, which you can enable by clicking CC in the player. We're not sure how well these captions will work, the reports we're getting indicate they're "okay", depending on accents which will obviously differ between speakers.
If video ticket sales exceed our expectations, and/or we get additional sponsoring to turn the budget around, we do have some quotes for other captioning solutions that claim a higher accuracy and would be preferred.
Get your Online Tickets today!
Now that early bird has ended, online tickets are available for €35.
While you can continue to buy video tickets until a month after the conference, we ask that you please buy the ticket as soon as you've decided you will follow the conference online. That allows us to budget accordingly, and perhaps make some further upgrades to lighting/decor, add an extra camera, or offer improved captions. Those are not changes we'll be able to make in the last week before the event, though, hence the request.
If you'd like to plan a local viewing party, where you invite other MODXers to join you for the event, let us know!
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