Check the below for the most frequently asked questions about the ASPIRE conference including information about the virtual conference platform for virtual attendees.
If the below doesn’t answer your question, during the conference you can visit the registration desk (in-person attendees) or access live support (virtual attendees). Prior to the conference all enquiries can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
When is the conference?
The conference will take place on Tuesday 4 July 2023
How do I register for the conference?
Registrations will open in May 2023.
You will be able to choose between an in-person and a virtual registration type. Please read the registration page information to see what’s included in each type.
Once you have registered you will receive a confirmation email to let you know you have successfully registered.
What is the conference theme?
The theme for 2023 is KIA TUPU! GROW!
How much does the conference cost and what is included?
The virtual conference registration fee is $70.00. Registration includes:
- View live-streamed conference content
- Keynote Address, ASPIREx, Panel Discussion and Learn Like Lightning sessions
- One fully virtual workshop
- Participation in a fully virtual networking session
The in-person conference registration fee is $250.00. Registration includes:
- Keynote Address, ASPIREx, Panel Discussion and Learn Like Lightning
- Your choice of workshop
- Full day catering
- Post-event social function
Where can I view the conference programme?
The conference programme will be posted on this website and will be available at a later time. You can view the programme overview here.
How can I find out more about the conference?
The conference website will be updated regularly with information about conference activities, speakers, panels, and social events. Check the site regularly to find out more as the conference date approaches. You can sign-up to our mailing list to get news directly to your inbox. You may also like to join us on our Instagram, Facebook page, or engage with us on Twitter via #UOA_Aspire to receive up-to-the minute news and information about conference goings-on and to interact with conference organisers and other delegates.
What will I personally get out of attending the conference?
The conference provides a wonderful opportunity to meet and network with other professional staff from around the university, hear from senior leaders and increase university awareness and understanding of the university’s aspirations and strategic plan.
Can we use the conference as an opportunity to tell others about what we do?
Yes – we’re hosting two concurrent Learn Like Lightning streams where staff are encouraged to submit an idea for a quick talk. Find out more and submit your idea here.
Can I register for half a day, or attend just a few workshops?
There is only full-day enrollment available. We recommend that you attend the conference for the whole day to ensure you benefit from both presentations and the networking opportunities the conference offers. As well as providing the opportunity to engage and interact with interesting and experienced speakers from around the University and the wider community, you will have the chance to meet with professional staff from all over the university and find out more about their divisions and activities.
Can I include the conference in my Tupu planning?
Yes, the conference is a great professional development opportunity for professional staff and can be included in your Tupu planning and presentations and activities are specifically aligned with key Tupu capabilities and designed to give you a better understanding of the University’s aspirations and Strategic plan. You should discuss attendance with your manager.
Should I apply for leave to attend the conference?
You can apply for conference leave to attend the conference. Remember to discuss this with your manager first.
Can I share my registration with another UoA staff member?
Yes, you can share your registration with another UoA staff member. Only one person needs to complete the registration form and this should be the person who is attending the morning portion of the conference. Sharing a registration means you will need to share your name badge/lanyard as only one of you may attend the conference at any one time.
Please note that payment can not be shared and will be charged to the cost centre/project code provided at the time of registration.
How do I access the virtual platform?
All attendees registered as a virtual attendee will receive an email notification with their unique access details the week of the conference, giving virtual attendees the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the virtual platform well in advance. Please be sure to check your Junk inbox for this email.
In-person attendees will receive access to the virtual platform after the conference has finished in order to access the recordings.
What do I need in order to participate in the virtual conference?
- Laptop or Desktop Computer
- Stable Internet connection (minimum 5Mbps for both upload and download. You can check your internet speed at speedtest.net
- Your device requires either an integrated or external camera/webcam and a microphone in order to participate in any interactive sessions or networking functions.
Do I need a Zoom account to access the virtual conference?
No, you do not need a Zoom account to participate in the virtual conference, however Zoom must not be blocked on your device or you will be unable to join any of the sessions presented through Zoom.
Do I need to download any software to participate in the virtual conference?
No, our virtual platform is browser based so as long as you have one of the supported internet browsers (Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Opera) available on your device you will be able to join the conference.
Where can I find more information about the virtual platform?
You will be provided with a detailed attendee guide with more detailed information regarding the virtual platform and how to navigate it during the virtual conference. There will be an orientation video played at the very beginning of the conference and available throughout to assist you. If you experience technical difficulties or just need a human to explain, you can access live support during the conference.
Can I connect with other attendees during the virtual conference?
Yes, the Meeting Hub is a terrific place to connect with other attendees one-on-one, allowing you to renew old friendships or make new acquaintances. In the Meeting Hub you can share contact details, send chat messages, video chat and set up meetings.
I am an in-person attendee. Can I access the virtual platform?
Yes, all in-person delegates will receive access to the virtual platform post-conference to view recordings. During the event, in-person will be able to connect with the virtual platform and virtual attendees via the conference app.
Will the conference be recorded?
All the sessions that are available for virtual attendees will be recorded and available to watch for one month after the conference has finished. Access will expire 11.59pm 30 July 2022.
How long will conference recordings be available?
Recordings will be available to watch for one month after the conference has finished.
I didn't register for ASPIRE. Can I now get access to the recordings?
No, due to the contractual agreements we have with some of our speakers the virtual platform and conference recordings can only be made available to registered delegates and only for a limited time.
I didn't watch all the recordings I wanted to see. Can my access to the virtual platform be extended?
No, due to the contractual agreements we have with some of our speakers the virtual platform and conference recordings can only be made available to registered delegates and only for a limited time. We encourage you to attend live and the conference platform will be open until one month post-conference please watch everything you want to see before then.
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