FREE EVENTS DURING COVID-19?Join Virtual Venture Café
Join Virtual Venture Café

VIRTUAL VENTURE CAFé

THIS WEEK AT 
VIRTUAL VENTURE CAFÉ PROVIDENCE

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2020

THIS AGENDA IS BEING BUILT AT LIGHTNING SPEED. CHECK BACK OFTEN FOR UPDATES!
If you would like to contribute to our programming by hosting a session, please email amy.erickson@vencaf.org.

WHAT IS VIRTUAL VENTURE CAFÉ, 
YOU ASK?

Due to ongoing concerns over COVID-19, Venture Café Providence will be joining our sister sites across the globe in converting to a digital format for the foreseeable future. Virtual Venture Café is everything you’ve come to love and expect from our in-person Thursday Gatherings, just online. Using the Zoom meeting platform. you’ll still have access to Office Hours, networking opportunities, panel discussions, lectures, and MORE from 4:00 – 7:00 PM.

After you check-in below, you’ll be able to access the evening’s sessions, office hours, and programming held at Venture Cafés across the globe. And don’t worry, by checking in virtually, you’ll still see your attendance number go up. 

VIRTUAL PORTAL

*The link below will only be active on Thursdays from 4:00 – 7:00 PM (EST)*


LET'S GET STARTED

  • Click the “Check In” link.
  • A pop-up window will guide you to type in your name and email address.
  • A new page will allow you to access Venture Café Providence’s virtual program via Zoom as well as the virtual programs from our Global family.
  • In addition to the main meeting room, there will be ‘Breakout Rooms’ with names for sessions, office hours, and other discussions.
  • If you want to enter a ‘Breakout Room,” edit your name as “[BreakoutRoomName]_your name” or add your desired breakout to the chat.
  • You can exit and enter the breakout room anytime you want, however you will need to be placed back into the room by the meeting Moderator (a Venture Cafe staff member).  

If you don’t yet have a Zoom account, please go to Zoom.us and click on “Sign Up, It’s Free” at the top right corner. Enter an email address you wish to use and activate your account. Once your account is active, go to zoom.us/download and download “Zoom Client for Meetings.” Presenters, please note that you need to use the desktop application and not the browser application.

WHY THE MOVE TO TAKE VENTURE CAFÉ PROVIDENCE ONLINE?

The health and safety of our community comes first. Due to ongoing concerns over COVID-19, Venture Café Providence has decided that the best course of action is to go digital for the foreseeable future.

We encourage you to join us on this journey of learning and experimentation!

HOW LONG WILL VENTURE CAFÉ PROVIDENCE STAY DIGITAL?

We have decided to stay on a digital platform for the foreseeable future until COVID-19 has been contained and we get the all-clear from the proper authorities.

WHEN ARE THE ONLINE WEBINARS BEING HELD?

You can join Virtual Venture Café every Thursday from 4:00 pm-7:00 pm. We will still continue to create tailored programming to our Providence (and beyond!) audience which will include lively online discussion, panels, office hours, networking, and more!

WANT A VIRTUAL BACKGROUND?

To change your virtual background in Zoom, click the up arrow next to the Stop/Start Video button on the lower left of the screen and select “Choose a Virtual Background. From there find the image of your preference and make that your background. 

WHAT IS THE RECOMMENDED BROADCAST EQUIPMENT?

HD 1080P Webcam

Most laptops do not have HD 1080P webcams built it. We suggest you purchase and use an external webcam that meets these specs. Example: Logitech C920 1080P HD webcam, estimated price $70-$100.

Condenser Microphone

We suggest using a condenser mic to dramatically improve audio quality. Many USB output microphones are available. Examples include: Snowball Mic and Yeti nano, estimated price $60-$100.

Lighting

Please make sure that you are sitting in a high lighting area. We suggest using lighting, such as a selfie or halo ring light. Estimated price $20-$35.

  • Enter the meeting room approximately 15 minutes before your session is scheduled to begin to test audiovisual.
  • Whenever possible, please avoid being backlit; good lighting, is KEY to your video feed looking good to the audience.
  • Test your video and mic in advance to ensure they are in good working order. Please see FAQs for recommended equipment, as needed.
  • One person speaking at a time will help Zoom enlarge the view of the current speaker. 
  • Participants will enter the room on mute. If you would like them to engage verbally, please remind them to take themselves off mute to ask a question and them place themselves back on mute when finished.
  • Encourage participants to ask questions during your session using the chat feature. We recommend pausing every 2-3 slides to answer questions from the Zoom chat. 

Please contact our team at info@districthallprovidence.org with any comments or questions.