The Unibuddy Conference: exclusive first look

The Unibuddy Conference is bringing together over 1000 higher education professionals on October 20th for a whole day of sessions. University Business got a first look at what to expect from the day.

On October 20th, 1000 professionals from across global higher education will come together for the Unibuddy Conference – this year being held online for the first time ever.

With 40 sessions and over 80 speakers from across higher ed, it promises to be a big day – and all hosted completely online using Unibuddy’s brand new virtual events software.

University Business were given a first look at the event, and what to expect.

The conference is completely free, and registration is now open.

A new platform for virtual events

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and associated lockdowns, universities have been moving their teaching, open days and more online – and many have turned to Unibuddy.

Now, they are looking at how these events might work in the future. As campuses reopen, will there still be a place for virtual events?

Unibuddy suspects there will be – and has launched a state-of-the-art new platform for organising and delivering huge virtual events, as either standalone online days or to complement offline activity.

The Unibuddy Conference will be hosted on this brand new platform. There will be three rooms: a main stage, a workshop room and a breakout room. All have live video streaming and chat functionality, so attendees can watch the session, while chatting with presenters and other delegates.

The entire event is built around a landing page that highlights those virtual rooms and sessions – as well as an array of multimedia content such as handouts and resources. It’s easy to see how this could be applied to a virtual open day or visit day.

An exciting line up

There are over 80 speakers at the Unibuddy Conference, and so there really is something for everyone.

The agenda spans 18 hours, with dedicated slots for each timezone. Attendees can join at a time to suit them and receive a goody bag with all session handouts and recordings after the event.

There are lots of sessions we’re particularly excited about highlighted on the agenda. Keynote speakers include Patrick Hayes, chief development officer at Times Higher Education, and Vivienne Stern, director at UUK International – there’s also a session on crisis PR featuring Sophy Silver, director of communications at Tik Tok.

As well as the headline sessions, there are a range of interactive workshops – including a session on how universities and start-ups can learn from one another, lessons on aligning your tech stack from akero and A/B marketing with Enrollify. And, of course, lots of best practice sessions on student ambassador management, virtual event organising and more.

See you there!

Booking is now open for the Unibuddy Conference, and anyone working in higher education, anywhere around the world, is welcome.

The event is free: save your spot by clicking here.

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