2021 VIRTUAL SPRING SYMPOSIUM
Powered by the CrowdCompass app and Zoom, HeritageRail Alliance will present its first virtual Spring Symposium on March 23-25, 2021. Each day will begin at 1:00 pm Eastern with interactive plenary sessions, and breakout sessions taking place on days two and three. The Symposium will center on lessons learned in 2020 and how to adapt and apply new practices to recovery efforts in 2021. The presenters are fellow operating and commercial members and supporters of HeritageRail Alliance who are eager to share their first-hand, on-the-ground experiences and observations since the initial waves of shutdowns in March 2020.
We anticipate the virtual nature of the conference will draw a larger audience than would be expected for a live event; therefore, opportunities to meet and engage with vendors will take place between sessions each day.
One of the cornerstones of the Alliance is mutual membership support and sharing of information. You will see that although the program will be held in a virtual setting, all sessions will be held live with opportunities for interaction and discussion, including panel participation. To see the agenda and learn more about the scheduled plenary and breakout sessions, download the program HERE.
WITH SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SYMPOSIUM SPONSORS
USING CROWD COMPASS & ZOOM TO ATTEND THE SPRING SYMPOSIUM
CrowdCompass is the platform HeritageRail Alliance will use to host the virtual conference. It is an event app for in-person and virtual events that gives its users real-time access to schedules, programming and interactive communications with vendors and other conference attendees. Using the app, attendees can
- Access the event schedule and customize their agendas with personal appointments
- See all the speakers, read their bios, and view their presentations (if provided in advance)
- Engage with vendors
- Get important updates through Push Notifications
- See who’s attending and share contact information by networking with other attendees
In order to participate in the conference, in advance of the conference start date, registrants will need to either log in to the CrowdCompass site from a PC or download the CrowdCompass app to the mobile device they intend to use. URLs and links to download the app will be e-mailed to registered attendees from CrowdCompass approximately two weeks prior to the conference.
WITH THE USE OF CROWD COMPASS, we anticipate the virtual nature of the conference will draw a larger audience than would be expected for a live event. To learn more about vendor and sponsor opportunities, please download the Vendor-Sponsor Information Package and Vendor-Sponsor Application. For a live demonstration of the vendor-sponsor experience please e-mail Lynette Rickman, Executive Director (email@example.com), for an appointment.
Zoom is a cloud-based video communications app used for virtual video and audio conferencing, webinars, live chats, screen-sharing, and collaborative projects. If you are unfamiliar with Zoom or a first-time user, we recommend viewing the following YouTube videos in advance of the conference to learn how to access and attend the sessions: Joining Zoom for the First Time OR Flipped Classroom Tutorial: Zoom. CrowdCompass will provide access to Zoom, and authentication will be required to join the Zoom platform each day. Please adjust any whitelist settings and be sure to check spam or junk mail folders for e-mails from crowdcompass.
FALL 2021 YOUTH ENGAGEMENT EXPERIENCE
*MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON*
FALL CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIPS
To help offset the costs of attending the Fall conference, HeritageRail offers scholarships and stipends to qualified member applicants. For learning opportunities, a friendly atmosphere, and good conversation with others who love the rails, the HeritageRail conferences are can’t miss events! Click on on the below buttons for more information and application instructions. DEADLINE FOR ALL APPLICATIONS IS JULY 1 of the given Fall conference year.
Sam Christensen (Galveston Railroad Museum)
William Hazen (Hoosier Heartland Trolley)
Cameron Nichols (Hoosier Heartland Trolley Co.)