What did not work? The biggest problem was AUDIO! There was a combination of conventional problems, which are also known from video conferences, but also a few "home-made" ones, or some that could have been mitigated by preventive measures in the participant briefing. These are listed in detail in the report.
What was positive? The feeling of being at an event! At the beginning it was reported that a pure meeting was not enough for us, because we were skeptical about how attractive it could be. The feeling of meeting others, talking with them, experiencing something together and feeling personally connected surprised us ourselves, and also coincided with the feedback of the other participants. The impression is actually very close to a real meeting and not comparable to what one knows from video conferences.
While there is a lot of room for improvement, the participants themselves were surprised at how positively they reacted to the experience. The overall concept of the format worked very well and was convincing. After the official part of the event, loose discussion groups formed, just like in reality.
Special Thanks! Many thanks to all supporters and partners of the Sunset Gathering:
- Sponsors: AUDI, ITS (Infotower Stuttgart), Deutsche Telekom
- Organizers: VDC Fellbach, Lightshape
- Partners: Plan B, CDM Tech, SectorVR
- Panel members/ moderators: Günter Wenzel, Henning Linn, Jan Pflüger,
- Dr. Lars Riedemann
- Supporters/ Participants: All supporters who contributed in the background and participants of the Sunset Gathering.
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