This year, SPLASH is going to be accommodating both “virtual” attendees (from different time zones, joining at their own pace remotely) and “physical” attendees who will be present in Chicago during the conference. We will do our best effort to accommodate both hopefully without compromising the experience of each.
Please note that ALL attendees are required to be fully vaccinated to attend SPLASH 2021 in-person. Masks are required at SPLASH 2021.
SPLASH will be available as three main live video streams for each of the three main rooms (Zurich A, B, and C) with a Discord Server available for any questions to be asked during the live Q&A. Additional workshop streams in rooms Zurich D, E, and F will run a more low key ad hoc “Zoom Room” that the virtual attendees are welcome to join. We encourage all virtual attendees to tune in during either “main Chicago time band” so that their questions can be voiced to the live audience or in the “offset time band” where the authors will do their best to be present on Discord for the Q&A following their paper’s “mirror slot”. We highly recommend that all the attendees install and use Discord App rather than using a web browser-based version.
As is usual for the physical conference, the main event takes place between 9am and 5pm Chicago time in the Swissotel main venue. You are going to be able to view the main three streams in the Zurich A, B, and C rooms and the additional workshop streams in Zurich D, E, and F rooms.
The only difference is that we will expect all the questions by physical attendees to be asked by walking up to the standing microphones, while the virtual attendees will post their questions on Discord to make it easier for the session chair to manage and balance the Q&A during the actual talks.
As a physical attendee, you will be able to enjoy some of the talks being delivered live by the authors who are physically present and some shown as pre-recorded videos in a “cinema-style” arrangement for those authors who are unable to travel to Chicago but will be present “virtually” to answer your questions.
There are going to be physical attendees-only social events and receptions that we won’t be able to accommodate virtual attendees in, who, in turn, will have virtual-only social events designed just for them.