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Alt for Everyone — Part 1

I’ve been dying to attend Alt Summit since I first learned about it, but with limited time and money, I haven’t been able to attend in person. When Alt for Everyone was announced, I was excited and curious about how they’d manage to create the networking and learning environment the conference is known for in an online format.

Turns out, I didn’t need to worry about that at all. There was a ton of chatting going on and collaborations budding. I still feel like I’m catching up with everyone from those three days and reaching out to read blogs and say hi.

I’ll try to sum up a few of my favorite tips and things I learned from the amazing instructors and speakers that they lined up. First of all, Joy Cho did the keynote. This was the first session I’d scheduled, and it was the perfect way to start my three days of online sessions. I’m fascinated by most anyone’s story of how they got to where they are and the personal and professional steps they’ve taken along the way. Hearing Joy’s story was especially inspiring.

Joy Cho’s Keynote: The Takeaways

1) You cannot wait around for it.

2) You have to want it.

3) Do your research and find the best fit.

4) Put together a presentation that shines.

5) “No” is not the end of the world.

Another highlight of the conference for me was the Coffee and Conversation meet up. The organizers of Alt for Everyone used virtual networking sessions to achieve some of the natural networking and collaborating that happens at the conference. I wasn’t sure how effective it would be going in, but it was really beneficial for me. I am shy in person and an introvert, so a virtual networking session was perfect for me. It may have been even better than an in-person event for my personality type. I met some great people with exciting collaboration ideas.