There I was in my bunny slippers lounging on the couch last November just back from the BSR 2011 Conference. My schedule didn't allow me to attend EventCamp Vancouver in person and I didn't want to miss it, so virtual I was. Laptop on my lap (I get that term now) I was streaming the content, engaging in the 1000 Acts of Green game, and tweeting away.
How was it?, you ask. Fantastic! I felt as if I were actually in the room contributing to the discussion, networking and learning! The only time I was left out was during the coffee break, but then I just I went to my kitchen, poured myself a cup and settled back into the couch.
I believe one of the reasons I was so enrolled in the event was due to the "Get Your Green On" game app. It allowed me to upload photos, answer questions, earn points and engage with the onsite participants. Popular demand says, I was not the only one to feel this way. The game was so successful, that the partners who developed it have written a guide to tell you about their experiences and help you learn more about green apps. It is available for download here, http://meetgreen.com/services/workwith
Now, I am usually an conference organizer and not a participant, so this was a new role for me. Best of all, I didn't have to get dressed, go to the airport, go through "security theater," fly, check into a hotel or get to the venue. And to top it off my remote footprint avoided enough carbon dioxide emissions to fill 110,000 party balloons! That is a win both environmentally and economically as well as allowing me to spend time nestled at home.