OxCAN Connect Airmeet Guide
OxCAN Connect is the new interactive, monthly networking series brought to you by the OxCAN Team!
OxCAN Connect is held on Airmeet.
What is Airmeet?
Airmeet is a platform similar to zoom that allows for a more life-like and interactive event experience.
In order to make the transition to yet another online platform as easy as possible, we’ve put together a short guide to make it easier for you. Even if you've used Airmeet before, it might be helpful to take a moment to familiarise yourself with the way we’ll be using it.
What device should I use?
Airmeet works best on a desktop/laptop with Google Chrome. Other browsers are fine but using Airmeet on a tablet or smartphone will drastically diminish the experience because you won’t be able to see half of the event or use some of the interactive features.
When the time comes and OxCAN Connect is about to start the link we’ve sent you via Eventbrite will take you to the OxCAN Connect Airmeet page.
You don't need an Airmeet account: If you don’t have an Airmeet account that’s fine. Click on “Enter Airmeet” and a page titled “Introduce yourself!” will pop up which will ask for a few personal details: name, affiliation, city. Feel free to include your matriculation year and college with your name if you’d like. Click ‘continue’ and you’ll be let into the OxCAN Connect Airmeet
These personal details will mean that you’ll have a profile for the duration of the Airmeet. They’ll be seen by the host, speakers and other participants to help them connect with you. Don’t worry, these details won’t be shared with anyone else.
If you have an Airmeet account and you’re logged in you should be taken straight to the OxCAN Airmeet.
Using Airmeet: The Social Lounge
OxCAN Connect is structured with short speeches and time between them for connections to be made amongst participants, including the speakers.
The social lounge is Airmeet’s version of a real lounge. It will allow you to interact with other participants and the speakers on virtual tables. Please use this time in the social lounge to start conversations with other alumni on your table. Talking about the speeches might be a good place to start!
If the speeches have started you’ll see them straight away but if not it probably means that we’re yet to start. Please, stay in the social lounge and connect with fellow members/
You will also be able to hop between tables to meet new people and have conversations. Here’s how to use the functions:
Join Tables: Typically, an Airmeet virtual table has between two to eight seats each. Once you decide which table you’d like to be seated at, select the “Take a seat” button below the table. If you want to leave the conversation, say bye to the table participants, and click on the “Leave the table” button in the bottom right.
Tables Chats: You can start messenger chats exclusively with your table through the chat function. Remember, though, that anyone who joins the table will be able to view this chat.
Request Increase Table Size: You can request the host to increase the table size—but note that a table can only have a maximum of eight seats
Using Airmeet: The Sessions
When the 15 second countdown appears, our session of speeches are about to start. You won’t be able to access the social lounge anymore, but don’t worry you’ll be coming back!
This is what you can do while watching the session:
Raise Hand: When we’re at the interactive part of the session we’ll ask you to use the raise hand function. You click the “raise hand” button in the stage’s bottom control bar and this indicates that you want to interact with the speaker and host, you can make a comment or ask a question. If we accept your request you’ll be sharing the stage and will be visible to all the participants
Invite to the Stage: The host can invite an attendee to the stage as a speaker. In this case, you will receive a request to become a speaker, and you have complete freedom to “Accept” or “Reject” such requests.
Ask a Question: When we’re at the interactive part of the session we’ll ask you to use the questions section. This is found on the right-hand side, please don’t use the general chat function for this. Different to the raise hand function, here you can type out your question rather than having to be on stage! You can also “Upvote” a question that’s already been asked to help hosts pick the most popular questions
React: You can quickly react and offer motivation or applause to the speaker using emojis
Chat: You can initiate public or private chats; the former can be viewed by all participants, including the speakers. To have a private chat with a particular participant, hover over their display image on the “Attendees” section in the RHS or a message they have posted—from the hamburger menu, select “Direct message.” Any participant can choose to “Accept” or “Decline” the request for a private chat.
Report: If you come across a message with objectionable content, you can report it to the host
Help: The “Help” button (Question mark icon) on the bottom right takes you to Airmeet WhatsApp support and FAQs to assist you in any issues during the Airmeet. Before getting in touch, try to get assistance from the hosts and event support agents on the public event chat.
If you’re having trouble at any point during the Airmeet event, look for profiles with the OxCAN logo. These are OxCAN Committee members and they are on hand to assist you and answer your questions.
We hope that you enjoy OxCAN Connect!
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