Anzac Day 2020 has caused me to reflect on how much change there has been in the past year. This year my family stood at the end of our driveway in grateful remembrance, like so many other Australians, to #lightupthedawn. We read the ode, played the Last Post and Rouse and sang the National Anthem. It was a moving ceremony and one I never would have thought would be taking place a year ago when I was watching the ANZAC Day parade from the Virgin Lounge at Sydney airport.
But COVID-19 has changed a lot of things. We did our first virtual conference in the first weeks of lockdown where within a few days, gatherings went from being limited to 100 and then to 10. Currently gatherings are limited to no more than two. UX Australia did a great job of very quickly changing their on-site conference into a fully virtual conference. We had to quickly change our method of delivery too and adjust our business model from onsite-only to remote-only. We were thrilled to be able to pull it off without a hitch and the feedback we got from users at the conference and UX was great:
Many thanks for the captions yesterday. I used the transcript lots of times. Everyone on our end is incredibly impressed & thankful. Captioning makes a huge beneficial difference for our attendees!
So where to from there? We’ve been helping our clients with their remote captioning needs in the workplace and other virtual conferences. The platforms have been really good and the sessions interesting. We are so pleased that we have been able to continue assisting our clients and helping conference attendees to improve comprehension and engagement. Just because we can’t be on site with you in the way we would prefer doesn’t mean we can’t be with you assisting you. And we look forward to more of it so get in touch and ask us what we can do for you. We have included some photos of a Zoom conference below, after all, who doesn’t like cute pictures of babies and puppies?!
On this day of remembrance I want to say how grateful I am to all who have served and sacrificed for Australia. Our history of bravery and mateship is an example for all Australians and is inspirational in helping us to do what needs to be done during this unprecedented time. Lest we forget.