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Social Events, Receptions, & Networking

SIOP Sneak Peek (in Virtual Chair)

Join us on Friday, April 9, from 4:00-6:00pm Central for a preview of our exciting new technology called Virtual Chair, which lets SIOP conference registrants move their avatars freely through a New Orleans themed virtual environment to connect via video chat with friends old and new! There will be a scavenger hunt for those interested in exploring every corner of the SIOP virtual gathering space. Click here for a self-guided tour of a Virtual Chair demo space. Detailed information on how to access and optimize your SIOP experience using this technology will be released by April 1.

 

Welcome Reception Night (in Virtual Chair)

Mark your calendars for the Welcome Reception on Wednesday, April 14, from 6:00-8:00pm Central, an exciting event that will bring together dynamic academics and practitioners in game-show-like fun, testing their KSAs on I-O competencies as well as other (i.e., fun!) competencies. Top posters will also be presented during the reception. Be prepared to mix up a famous New Orleans cocktail or mocktail, and laissez les bons temps rouler!

The Welcome Reception will be taking place in Virtual Chair. We anticipate other receptions presented by SIOP committees may also be offered in Virtual Chair during this time block and we look forward to sharing those details when finalized. Click here for a self-guided tour of a Virtual Chair demo space. Detailed information on how to access and optimize your SIOP experience using this technology will be released by April 1.

 

Interactive Breaks (in Zoom)

There are scheduled breaks over the course of the live synchronous sessions (April 15-17) for virtual socializing and collaboration, akin to the coffee breaks and receptions where so many connections are made each year. You can expect a combination of curated topics that connect to the educational program’s tracks, high-impact topics that are broadly applicable across the membership, and groups that form around non-work topics, such as personal hobbies (e.g., running). These interactive breaks will be added to the live synchronous schedule by April 1.

 

Other Receptions and Networking Experiences (in Zoom and Virtual Chair)

Evening receptions have always offered unstructured opportunities to connect with old friends and meet new ones. Even though the conference is an all-virtual format, we seek to create opportunities for connection that enhance the overall experience.

The tentative schedule provides time for receptions in Virtual Chair on Wednesday, April 14, and Friday, April 16, with receptions in Zoom on Thursday, April 15. We are currently working with committees and other organizers to find the perfect match of technology platform and date/time slot for their event to round out the social aspects of the 2021 SIOP Annual Conference. As soon as we have that schedule pinned down, we'll let you know!