Navigating ShinyConf 2024: A First-Timer’s Guide to Virtual Conferences

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With ShinyConf 2024 just around the corner, first-time attendees may find themselves grappling with a mix of excitement and uncertainty. Fear not! This comprehensive guide aims to equip you with the tools and knowledge you need to prepare, thrive, and make the most out of your ShinyConf experience.

Curious about what’s in store at ShinyConf 2024? Get a sneak peek into the agenda.

1. Preparing for Virtual ShinyConf 2024:

Preparing for a virtual conference requires a different approach compared to an in-person event. Here’s how you can get ready:

  • Review the agenda: Similar to an in-person conference, review the virtual agenda beforehand. Identify sessions, workshops, and keynotes that interest you and add them to your schedule.
  • Test your tech: Ensure your internet connection is stable and that your device meets the technical requirements for accessing the virtual conference platform.
  • Create a dedicated workspace: Set up a dedicated workspace free from distractions where you can fully engage with the conference content.

Learn more about ShinyConf’s keynotes. Get a glimpse of what’s ahead and secure your place for this exciting event!

2. What to Expect at ShinyConf 2024:

While attending a virtual conference may differ from an in-person event, you can still expect a rewarding and enriching experience. Here’s what you can anticipate:

  • Interactive sessions: Virtual ShinyConf will feature a variety of interactive sessions, including live presentations, shiny app showcases, workshops and panel discussions. Take advantage of the chat function to ask questions, share insights, and engage with speakers and fellow attendees in real time.

ShinyConf 2024 Speakers
  • Virtual Networking: Although networking in a virtual setting may feel different, it’s still an essential aspect of the conference experience. Participate in virtual networking sessions, breakout rooms, 1:1 speed dating and discussions to connect with professionals in your field; peers and speakers, exchange ideas, expand your network and.. have fun 🙂
  • Access to resources: One of the benefits of a virtual conference is the accessibility of resources. Take advantage of the ShinyConf Replay area, serving as a dedicated space for attendees to access and catch up on presentations and discussions they might have missed during the live event. This feature ensures that you can fully engage with the conference content at your own pace.
  • Take breaks: It’s important to remember to take breaks during the conference. Virtual events can be intense, so schedule regular breaks to rest and recharge. Use this time to step away from your screen, stretch, and hydrate to maintain your focus and energy throughout the event.
  • Engage on social media: Join the conversation on social media platforms using the official event hashtag #shinyconf2024. Engaging with other attendees and speakers online can enhance your virtual conference experience and facilitate connections beyond the conference itself.
  • Shiny4All Slack Channel: Use our dedicated Slack channel to connect with speakers and other attendees. Don’t hesitate to ask questions, share insights, and engage in discussions beyond the confines of the conference sessions.
  • Welcoming community and supportive, inclusive environment: One of the standout features of ShinyConf is its welcoming R Shiny community, which strives to create a supportive environment for all attendees, no matter if you’re a Shiny pro or just starting your endeavor!


By preparing in advance and embracing the unique opportunities offered by a virtual conference format, you can make the most of your ShinyConf experience and emerge with new insights, connections, and inspiration.


Join our vibrant community, Shiny 4 All, to engage with speakers and connect with fellow Shiny professionals.

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