All presentations are free. Registration is not required.
When the Virtual Convention begins on July 27, 2020, the convention website [https://nsscon2020.org] will have different presentations available each day. All you will need is your laptop, smart phone, tablet. You simply “click on” the title of a session or presentation, and it will take you to either a page with all that section’s offerings or to the presentation itself. In the session menu you will see highlighted buttons to view the presentations.
There are also buttons on each page to help you navigate around the website. There are at least two ways to get somewhere.
Note: Presentations will be available on the day they are scheduled for.
On Monday, July 27, all the available week-long events—Cave Ballad kiosk, Graphic Arts Salon, and T-shirt Salon—will go live. These would normally be available throughout the entire week of Convention.
Don’t forget to vote for your favorite Symbolic Emblem, T-shirt, or Graphic Arts! The Cavers’ Choice Award voting ends at noon East Coast time on Wednesday, July 30. View all the entries on the website.
Also on Monday morning, the sessions that would have taken place that day at the in-person Convention will go live as prerecorded videos. These are:
- Opening Ceremony
- Communications and Electronics Session
- Cultures of Caves, Cavers, and Caving
- Digging Session
- State Cave Surveys Session
- West Virginia Exploration
Later, the live events happen. The Communications and Electronics Section will hold its annual meeting from 4 to 6 p.m.
Again, you click on the title and go to the meeting.
Most meetings will use Zoom. Be sure to have the most current version of Zoom installed on your laptop. Download the free Zoom Client for Meetings [https://zoom.us/download#client_4meeting]. You can also join a live meeting via the phone; all links, phone numbers, and meeting IDs will be embedded in the live meeting title.
For the global audience, remember that all times listed are US East Coast time. Also, we chose times that were later in the evening to allow for folks coming home from work in the east as well as to not be too early in the west.
This will be repeated for each day of the Virtual Convention. You still have to wait for the day the session would have happened, but the beauty of the Virtual is you don’t have to miss a presentation because it’s at the same time as another you also really want to see.
All of the Virtual Convention presentations will be on the NSS’s YouTube channel after the convention is over. For all time. Free. How cool is that?
The Gone Caving! Card Game
The Gone Caving! card game will be played via a paid program called Tabletop Simulator [https://store.steampowered.com/app/286160/Tabletop_Simulator/], starting at 8:00 p.m. on Monday There will be three games with up to six people each, so join in early!