Surely most of us would agree that one of the best parts of attending a localization conference must be the opportunity to connect and chat with your peers in between keynote sessions and panel discussions. Whether it is tool suggestions picked up during a coffee break, asking for vendor recommendations at an after-party or just sharing the pain regarding impossible deadlines and client expectations with an understanding colleague – this is where you find the good stuff.
The idea of Loclab Afterhour is to have a regular digital Stammtisch providing a casual industry meetup opportunity similar to this – but in digital form. Each Afterhour features an initial thematic hook – or Lead-in – which will be briefly introduced and can then be hotly debated or completely ignored by participants.
On top of all, the whole thing is set up as Gather town instance, which I know many of you already enjoyed using as part of other digital events and I think is more than fitting given the video-game backdrop.
Just as it would at a post-conference party, the topics discussed at the Afterhour will just follow any conversational direction of its participants and Gather presents a fun & playful way to come very close to what would be needed to simulate this as a virtual space: Feel free to leave the main floor and use any of the Loclab areas to gather with like-minded colleagues. Have a virtual drink, do your thing 🥂