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What is an online conference?

An online conference takes the ideas of a normal conference, but everything is shared online. The experience will be similar to conferences that you are familiar with and we have carefully selected a range of speakers to inform and inspire our audience. The difference this year is that, instead of going to a hotel and sitting in rows to see the speakers, you will log on to a link via your computer.


Why has ASCCA elected to conduct its Conference and AGM online?

While we were delighted by the success of last year's online conference, we did discuss having a conference in Sydney this year. However, we decided that the ongoing coronavirus situation and the instability caused by unpredictable border closures and lockdowns could still cause major disruptions to our conference. At the start of next year we will look at the situation again.


How do I register and buy tickets?

You can register and buy tickets for $30 via a website called Humanitix. Click here to visit Humanitix. This site will collect your details so we can e-mail you information and news in the lead up to the conference. Your details will not be used for any other purpose than conference news and information.


On the ticket site there is a question “If you are intending on watching the conference with others, how many people will be watching it in the same location as you?”. Why do you need to know this?

We would like to know how many people in total are in our audience. In a face to face conference this would be easy to work out as you could count the number of people in the room. For an online conference, it would be great if you could tell us so we can estimate the audience size. If your numbers change in the lead up to the day that’s okay, there is no need to update.


Our computer club is intending on attending, but we have social restrictions so we won’t be able to watch together. Do we have to buy separate tickets?

Yes, due to the technology we need to be able to send a link per location or IP address.


How does the link work? When will I get it?

When you buy a ticket to register for the conference you will provide us with your e-mail details. In the week leading up to the conference we will e-mail you with a link. You can click on the link at any time, but it will only activate on the day when you will be able to see the speakers.

To keep it easy we have only one link and one list of speakers so you can click on the same link all day to ‘log back in’. If, for some reason, you need to close the window on your computer where the conference is playing, no problem, you will be able to log straight back in.


I am a bit worried about logging on in time and making sure the link works.

ASCCA is all about building seniors’ confidence with technology. That’s why we will be offering how to step by step guides in the lead up to the conference AND a couple of opportunities to practice logging in and setting up in the week before.  If you want to do some online learning about Zoom you can check out the Be Connected Topic Library to help you get Zoom set up!

This is a great opportunity to troubleshoot. You won’t just be set up for our conference but for all sorts of webinars, online shows and maybe even some exercise classes!


Do I have to watch all day long?

We think we have a pretty exciting line up of speakers. Click here to find our 2021 Conference program.

But a day is a long time.

While we have deliberately designed the program so that there are speakers or activities all day, one advantage of the conference being on your computer is that no one can see you! If you need to make a cup of tea, make some lunch or let the dog out - that is up to you. However, remember to pop back in for the AGM and announcement of the photo competition.


I’ve never joined an online conference before. Will you be able to see me?

In this kind of online meeting, the camera and microphones will only be working for our speakers. We won’t be able to see you or hear you.


I can’t make it on the day. Will the information from the speakers be accessible afterwards?

Some material from the speakers will be accessible on the site afterwards. Please keep visiting the 2021 Conference home page even after the conference to find out more about 'Thriving online, make tech work for you'. Click here to find the Conference home page for this conference and from previous ones.


I don't want to go to the whole Conference. I just want to see the Photo Competition Results and/or the AGM. Do I have to pay?

If you plan to only attend the AGM and/or the Photo Competition, you will still need to register online, but the ticket will be free.

  • Click here to go to the Registration and Payment website
  • Click 'Get Tickets'
  • In either of the AGM & Photo Comp boxes > type in the number of free tickets you require
  • Click the button that says 'Enter Details'
  • On the next page, fill in your details > Click the button that says 'Save & Checkout'

Admission is available after 3.00pm for these free tickets


Do I need to have Zoom installed?

For Windows PC - No.

When you click on a Zoom link it gives you an option to download the app, but you don’t need it to attend our conference. Not downloading the app should not impact the quality of your viewing in any way.

For a Apple computers - Yes.

You may need to download the app if you have not done so before. If you have attended a Zoom meeting before then just click on ‘Launch Zoom Meeting’ and it will prompt you for a sign-in name and e-mail address. Once you have entered this information it will let you into the meeting.


Should I have a paid version of Zoom?

No, you do not need a paid version.

As this is a webinar and not a meeting you won’t need a meeting ID either.


When I first enter Zoom, it asks for my name. Do I need to give it?

We are the only people who will be able to see your name. It is helpful if you ask any questions or if you have any issues. It’s up to you what name you put in there.


How can I ask questions during the session?

At the bottom of the Zoom screen there is a Q&A button. If you want to ask a speaker or the conference convenors a question please put it in there. They will be able to view your question and then either decide to pass it on to the speaker or answer your question privately.

Many of the speakers are keen to answer questions during the session so please pop them in the Q&A. The moderator will read them out if there is time at the end of the segment.


How will the prizes be drawn?

We have been lucky enough to have a large number of prizes to give away. Each ticket has a unique identifier and tickets will be randomly drawn against each of the prizes. To be eligible, tickets will need to have been purchased by 2am AEST 10th November 2021.

There will only be one prize per ticket number. Winners will be announced at 4 points during the day. Conference organisers will then be in contact with winners after the conference to organise sending or mailing prizes.


I can see polls come up during the conference. What is this?

This is an opportunity for us to ask the audience some questions during the conference, either about the speakers content or about what you think about the format.

They will only be open for short time and then we will share the results. Voting in the polls is not compulsory, so don’t worry if you miss one.