Why You Might Want to Attend a Virtual Summit: Reason Number 28

Why You Might Want to Attend a Virtual Summit: Reason Number 28

As a potential participant or presenter, you may be hesitant about attending since this is the first time that the KWB Research Summit will be held virtually. This blog entry is part of a series of brief reasons for why you might consider attending KWB as a presenter or participant.

Sophisticated digital platforms are enabling virtual environments that simulate the benefits of real events, and attendees are beginning to shift to accessing subject matter experts and industry networking online (Wilson, 2011). For us in the School of Advanced Studies, the Knowledge Without Boundaries (KWB) Research Summit will be a 3-day virtual event for the first time. The event will take place August 14, 2018 through August 17, 2018 and the call for proposals is open now until June 18, 2018.


Wilson, J. (March 18, 2011). 20 Reasons Why Virtual Conferences Are the Future.Retrieved fromhttps://sharpbrains.com/blog/2011/03/18/20-reasons-why-virtual-conferences-are-the-future/

A virtual symposium - what an awesome idea!

By Donna G. Smith, Ph.D.

No worrying about what to pack. No having to hire someone to feed and walk the pets. No sitting in traffic for two hours to get to the airport. No TSA security scan. No sitting on an overbooked airplane. No lost luggage. No getting lost once I get to the conference location. No missing a session because I couldn’t find it. No standing in line to register.

Connecting with colleagues. Attending as many sessions as I can fit in. Revisiting a recorded session if I missed something or want to review. Enjoying the content without being distracted by a room that’s too cold or too hot. Knowing that a presentation won’t be delayed or canceled because the technology setup didn’t work.

What’s not to like?


David Proudfoot's picture David Proudfoot | June 5, 2018 5:51 pm MST

From Dr.  Rehema Underwood, Research Fellow for the Center for Workplace Diversity and Inclusion:

Attending a virtual symposium is an exciting time to share many innovative ideas with your colleagues! You get to explore and learn about various topics right from your home   Another positive to attending a virtual conference is the flexibility, and it doesn't put a dent in your wallet! So come and take part in this wonderful opportunity. You don't want to miss!

James Ashton's picture James Ashton | June 18, 2018 4:59 pm MST

Since this will be my very first time, in front of my colleagues (per se), I will be a bit nervous.  If I am selected, I hope that I do not flub it up...lol  Donna, that is the only reason right now why I am not able to attend any of these conferences (no cash, no dash!!  So, I am happy either way.  This will enable me to have an idea of what it is really like to go to one of these conferences.