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So you know by now why you should attend and participate and who will be speaking, but what does the actual virtual environment look like? Where do I go? How does it work? See the spaces and learn to navigate through our beautiful campus. Get all of these questions answered with our lively and very informative “The Virtual Experience” video, and more below.
Navigating the virtual environment
How do I navigate a virtual environment? What are the primary areas?
Navigation and Registration Profile
It’s easy to find your way around the environment. The Navigation Bar, always located at the bottom of your screen, gives you direct access to all areas of the environment, all chat options and a complete attendee list. Simply click on the icons to access a room, content or to complete an action.
These icons will take you straight to the indicated space/room.
These icons will allow you to find and chat with others.
This icon enables you to save content to your briefcase for later viewing
You can also navigate the environment by clicking on the various signs, icons and images in the different rooms and spaces.
Your registration details and preferences can be easily accessed and edited by clicking the settings icon in the upper right of your screen. Here you can edit your registration information along with uploading a photo so that everyone can see what you look like. You can also view who is in the environment and who is in your current location by clicking “Now Attending” or “This Location” by your profile image.
Rooms and Spaces
Sky Gardens Lobby –The Lobby is your primary entry point and your “home base” for the environment. If you ever get lost or are not sure where to go next, head back to the Lobby, where you’ll find clear signage for all the other locations.
Rare Earth Auditorium –The Auditorium is where you’ll find the “On Demand’ presentations. This is where the keynotes and other presentations are found.
Meeting Room –This Meeting Room is a private room dedicated entirely to our Rare Earth Sponsor - Tremco.
Networking Lounge –The "It's 5 O'clock Somewhere!" Networking Lounge is a great place to visit for open public chats. Learn about job opportunities at the JobLinks Fair, or check out the Greenroofs.com Bookstore.
Continuing Education Classroom – Here you can take various free online courses offered by AEC Daily.
Expo Pavilion –The Expo is the exhibit hall with access to all the individual booths.
Booths – Each booth provide access to resources and representatives. Click on the content screens within the Booth to access PDFs, videos and links and other assets. You can rate each asset, share via social media, or add to your “Briefcase” for later viewing.
The Booth is also where you can have a 1:1 Chat with a Booth Rep by clicking on the Info button, or with other Booth visitors via 1:1 Chat. If a booth rep is unavailable, you can e-mail them by clicking on the envelope icon near their name and can also add an attachment, if you wish.
Connecting with Others
How do I connect with other attendees or environment staff?
Connecting with attendees and staff is the best way to make the most of attending a virtual experience. There are several ways you can connect with others.
1:1 Private Chats
You can start a 1:1 chat in two ways.
Clicking on “Now Attending" or “This Location” by your Profile Image will open the Attendees Box. You can also click the “Attendees” icon on the Navigation bar to access a full attendee list. Browse the list to find the person you want –if the green chat box appears next to their name(s) you can simply click to send them an invitation to join you in a 1:1 conversation, a chat window will appear on your screen. You can now exchange chat messages. You can also have multiple 1:1 chats simultaneously by clicking on the “Start a new chat” option shown in the chat window.
Click on the “Chat” icon on the Navigation Bar to open up a chat window. Then select “Add people to this chat” to open the attendee list to find and invite other attendees.
Small Group Private Chats
You can easily invite multiple people into a private group conversation – only those you invite can see or join the conversation. Once you’ve started a 1:1 Private Chat, per the above instructions, all you need to do is click “Add people to this chat” to open the attendee list to find and invite attendees to join your chat.
Public Group Chats
A Public Chat may open upon entering into a room. You may also access the public chat in any virtual room, by clicking on the button in the upper right of your experience that says “Public Group Chat” and click the green plus icon to join the chat, if there is more than one Public Chat listed. Upon joining a Public Group Chat, you can see the number of current participants and can click to view a list of those names. You can participate in the conversation by simply entering a message, and you can also view the entire history of comments and Q&A within that Public Chat. Therefore, if you join a conversation that started without you, you can still see what you may have missed. You also have the option to translate the messages into a different language.
Live Q & A Sessions (Public Group Chats) Information for the "Live Social Weekend Hangout" on Friday, Saturday & Sunday, April 10, 11 & 12
Regarding the actual Q & A Sessions chatting, it could not be easier, and is the same for both speakers and attendees:
Simply enter the site, go to the Rare Earth Auditorium by either clicking on the banner above the steps in the Lobby, or by clicking the second icon on the toolbar below.
The presentations Agenda pops up, close that. Then click on the "Public Group Chat" on the upper right to see the list of individual Q & A chat times and titles.
The Public Group Chat menu will show the Q & A Sessions listed chronologically (but restricted by word count) by: Day, Time in EDT, Title (partial) and Speaker Names.
Click on the green plus sign to join the chat you want and start chatting! You will see everyone in the chat with you. That's it!
Due to system restrictions, edits cannot be made once posted, so if changes are necessary to a session, we will add a new Q & A title with an * to the list at the bottom.
What are the technical requirements?
The following are the minimum recommended requirements for viewing virtual experiences on the 6Connex Virtual Experience Platform:
Minimum System Requirements
Dual core processors are preferred.
If you’re using an older, or unsupported Operating System, Internet Browser, or version of Flash, you may experience decreased performance. Google Chrome or Firefox yield the best browsing experience.
Display/Resolution Size The recommended resolution for your display is at least a 1024x768 or higher resolution. The virtual experience will adjust itself to your screen size. However, this is the recommended setting for optimal display viewing.
Internet Connection It’s recommended to be on a strong wired broadband connection with a speed of at least 1.4 Mbps. You may view the virtual experience on a slower connection, however, some users may experience load times that are longer than normal with larger content items, such as High Definition video streams.
Can I test my computer?
Yes. On the login page for the Virtual Summit 2015, click the “System Check” button to ensure your computer and connection are ready to view the experience and all its live presentations.
Can I access an experience from my tablet or phone?
Yes, attendees can experience the full virtual experience from an iPad, iPhone and Android devices.
What can I do if I am having trouble hearing audio?
Here are a few steps you can take to troubleshoot your audio:
If you have internal speakers, make sure they aren't muted.
If you have external speakers, make sure they are powered on and aren't muted.
Make sure you did not lose Internet connectivity.
Make sure your system has passed the system test located under "Test my system now".
If your system is using Adobe Flash Player and you receive a "connection failed" message it's most likely due to a proxy server blocking Flash streaming. Please contact your local IT admin.
If you are using a mobile device, such as an iPhone, make sure you have enough bandwidth. We advise using dedicated Wi-Fi or 4G.
If you are using an Android device, Apple iPad or iPhone you will need to click on the media play button to begin the presentation. Android and Apple iOS devices do not permit streams to begin automatically.
If you are using a PC or Mac please ensure that your browser zoom level is set to 100% as the presentation is best viewed at that setting. In most browsers you can use Ctrl + 0 to reset your zoom level. This option can be also be found in the tools or view menu.