OpenJS World

FAQ

What’s Changed

What is the format of OpenJS World 2020 and when will it take place?

OpenJS World 2020 is becoming a virtual experience this year in light of the COVID-19 situation, and will take place online this June 23 – 24. This virtual event will continue to deliver the same content you would have received in-person (keynotes, conference sessions across multiple tracks, workshops, etc.) as well as an interactive Sponsor Showcase, attendee collaboration and networking tools and much more.

What are the benefits of attending the virtual OpenJS World 2020?

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 computer, tablet or phone – all you need is the internet and a web browser.

Other benefits and features include:

  • Informative and timely content with live speaker Q&A
  • Join the ‘hallway track’ and collaborate via topic-based networking lounges with group chat and 1:1 chat with other participants
  • Visit the virtual sponsor showcase to speak directly with representatives, view demos, and download resources
  • Gamify your event experience – earn points and win prizes by attending sessions, visiting sponsor booths, answering trivia questions and more!
  • Don’t worry about missing a session: all content will be made available for free on-demand post-event so you can access anytime 
  • And much more – all virtually, from anywhere.

What is the cost for the new virtual format of OpenJS World 2020 and how do I register?

This year’s virtual experience is free to attend.  Registration is required and is available here.

Why was the physical OpenJS World 2020 in Austin, Texas, 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 Austin 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.

What is the plan for OpenJS World in 2021?

We look forward to seeing everyone in-person next year for OpenJS World 2021! We will announce the date and location of the event as soon as possible.


General

Questions? Please email the OpenJS Foundation events team at openjsevents@linuxfoundation.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 with conference session & workshop attendees. Attendees can build a personalized agenda of sessions they want to attend and receive notifications before sessions start. And of course, all sessions will be recorded and available to attendees on-demand after the event.

Will all sessions be recorded?

Yes! All sessions will be recorded and available on the OpenJS Foundation YouTube channel after the event so they are freely accessible to anyone, anywhere.

I attend OpenJS World 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 through networking lounges, join group “hallway track” discussions with other attendees in group chats, and engage in 1:1 chats with other event attendees.

What timezone will OpenJS World 2020 be live in?

All sessions will be in Central Daylight Time (CDT UTC−05:00).

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, Emily Ruf, at eruf@linuxfoundation.org.


Registration + Travel

Questions? Please email the OpenJS Foundation events team at openjsevents@linuxfoundation.org.

Can I register now for the new virtual OpenJS World?

Yes!  Registration is required and is available here.

I’m already registered for OpenJS World 2020 at the ‘in-person’ registration fee. Will I get refunded for the cost difference?

Yes, for those who have already registered for OpenJS World 2020 and/or Collaborator Summit, you will be refunded the registration fee paid. Refunds for all paid attendees were processed on Thursday, April 30. Please expect up to 2 weeks for the refund to process.

If I cannot attend the virtual event, can I substitute someone from my company to attend in my place?

Yes, you will be able to transfer your pass to another person at your company if you are unable to attend.

Will I be reimbursed for my accommodation costs?

All room reservations within the official OpenJS World room block at the JW Austin have been automatically canceled. If you booked your hotel room outside the official block or at another hotel, please cancel your reservation directly with the hotel and follow the hotel’s policy for the cancellation fee. If you have booked travel, please reach out directly to your airline or transportation provider. Many airlines have been updating their cancellation policies in light of COVID-19.


Speakers

For all session or speaker-related questions, please contact openjsspeakers@linuxfoundation.org.

I am scheduled to speak at OpenJS World 2020 in Austin, what do I do now?

All accepted speakers will continue to speak at the virtual OpenJS World 2020, and will have the option to present live or to pre-record their session. Speakers should have received an email from our Content Team about going virtual.  Further logistical details will be sent in the upcoming weeks. If you have not received any communication, please email our team at openjsspeakers@linuxfoundation.org.

I am not a presenter for OpenJS World 2020. Can I enter a session to be part of the virtual event?

Unfortunately, no. The CFP for this year’s event has already closed, submissions have been reviewed and the schedule has been announced. If you have a session you would like to submit for a future Linux Foundation event, visit our Event Calendar to see all open event CFPs. 


Sponsors

For all sponsor-related questions, please contact openjssponsorships@linuxfoundation.org.

I am a current OpenJS World 2020 sponsor. What will happen to my sponsorship now that it is a virtual event?

You will receive an email from our sponsorship team outlining applicable changes to your sponsor benefits due to the event being held in a virtual environment.  OpenJS World 2020 sponsors will still have a presence in the online Sponsor Showcase where they can interact with attendees in real time and share demos, videos, and downloadable content.

Are there sponsorship opportunities as part of the virtual event?

Yes! We will offer a very robust sponsorship package that offers a wide variety of benefits to sponsors (see above), both within the virtual event platform and offline. Additionally, without the barriers of cost and travel, we expect the attendance to the OpenJS World 2020 virtual experience to be significantly higher than an in-person event, so sponsoring is a great opportunity to support the community, reach thousands of attendees and share thought leadership. View the sponsorship prospectus and more information on our sponsor page.

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