Are there any prerequisites for attending?
No, the workshop is open to all. The first week of the workshop will provide short tutorials and introduce all of the core concepts needed to follow the rest of the workshop.
What platform will be used for the virtual workshop?
We’re using the Zoom Webinar platform. When you register, you’ll receive an email with instructions on how to attend virtually.
What if I have trouble using Zoom?
We’re aware that some groups are unable to use Zoom due to a firewall or other reasons. Here are the options we’re aware of:
- Some have told us that they can participate in Zoom events by using a home computer or by turning off the VPN, as long as they will not be sharing any work-related, secret, or proprietary information.
- Some have told us that they can use Zoom in a web browser (which requires different permissions) but not the standalone Zoom client. Both of those options will be available to you.
- Zoomgov.com is another alternative. It is hosted in the U.S. with stricter security requirements and was designed to allow U.S. government, military, and defense employees to attend Zoom meetings. When you receive the email with your personal zoom link, scroll towards the bottom of that email and find the Webinar ID. Go to Zoomgov.com and enter that Webinar ID. We have run tests and confirmed that it works with a handful of military/defense attendees that are behind firewalls that block regular Zoom, but your situation may vary.
- We will set up an alternative stream outside of Zoom. When you register, you’ll receive instructions on how to access the alternative stream.
Do I need a camera?
Due to the size of the audience, cameras and audio will be disabled unless you are a presenter.
Presenters will have the option to allow their talks to be recorded and posted online, however there will be a delay due to new MIT requirements for online videos. We don’t know how long that will be, but the delay may be substantial.
Part of the process requires high-quality video captioning, and we’re looking for volunteers to help! If you’d like to help, please sign up here:
Volunteer to support video captioning