What is the format of Open Mainframe Summit 2020 and when will it take place?
Open Mainframe Summit is becoming a virtual experience this year in light of the COVID-19 situation and will take place online this September 16 – 17 on US Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC −4. This virtual event will continue to deliver the same content you would have received in-person as well as an interactive attendee collaboration and networking tools and much more.
What are the benefits of attending the virtual Open Mainframe Summit?
Receive the same benefits you would have had at the face-to-face event, but access these from the comfort, safety, and convenience of your home via a computer, tablet or phone – all you need is the internet and a web browser.
What is the cost for the new virtual format of Open Mainframe Summit and how do I register?
Attendee registration is US $50
Academic registration is US $15
Why was the physical event in New York, New York canceled?
Like many others, we have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation, and taking guidance from the CDC, WHO, and other health authorities and government agencies. We have decided to transition to a virtual experience, rather than a physical event in New York because the health and safety of our attendees is our top priority, and we didn’t feel it was safe to gather attendees from across the globe at an in-person event just yet.
Questions? Please email the Open Mainframe events team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will the content be different in a virtual experience setting?
No! All of the sessions and content you would have had access to at a physical event will be included in the virtual event. While some of our onsite experiences aside from content, unfortunately, can’t be replicated online, we’re working on putting together alternate experiences that can, which will help provide attendees a fully immersive event experience. Stay tuned for more details!
How will the virtual sessions work?
Sessions will take place at scheduled times just as they would at a face-to-face event. Speakers will be available for a live Q&A. And of course, all sessions will be recorded and available to attendees on-demand after the event.
Will all sessions be recorded?
Yes! Once the event ends, all attendees will be able to access the sessions. All recorded sessions will be transferred to Open Mainframe Project YouTube channel within 8 weeks of the event so they are freely accessible to anyone, anywhere.
I attend Open Mainframe Summit mainly for networking. How is that possible in a virtual event?
We know how invaluable face-to-face networking is at events and we purposefully chose a virtual event platform that we felt most closely replicated the real-world capabilities for attendee networking at an event. Attendees will be able to connect with speakers, sponsors, and experts and engage with other attendees in group or 1:1 chats.
What timezone will the Open Mainframe Summit be live in?
All sessions will be in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC −4.
How will the Event Code of Conduct be enforced in a virtual environment?
All participants must abide by the Linux Foundation Code of Conduct in virtual events just as they would at physical ones. We will be monitoring language and images throughout the platform to ensure there are no violations of the CoC, and quickly handle any that we might find. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns relating to harassment, please contact a member of the conference staff immediately through the Information desk in the event platform, or email the Event Manager, Deb Giles, at email@example.com.