Virtual History in the Making
by Janice Byer, CCVA, MVA
Docu-Type Administrative & Web Design Services
October 20th, 2001 was a milestone day in our VA world. Not only was it the second day of the First Annual VA Conference, in Dallas, Texas, it was the day that I, along with other VAs from around the world, got to see our fellow VAs… VIRTUALLY!
Some were lucky enough to actually be physically at the event but, for those of us who couldn’t be there, I think we were the lucky ones. Not only did we get to see our fellow VAs, we got to use the latest in technology to do it.
I have voice chatted with others who have Webcams before, but this time was different. This time was special!
There I was, sitting in my home office in Ontario, Canada, and I was seeing and hearing all the participants in Dallas. Not to mention, having private chats with my fellow virtual participants… Kathy Ritchie in Colorado, Diana Ennen in Florida, and Lyn Prowse-Bishop in Brisbane, Australia, as well as others. It was very exciting!
On the right of my computer screen was our typed conversations but when you clicked on the second tab, we could see Fred Gandee’s PowerPoint presentation… the same presentation that was on the physical screen in Dallas, at the same time. What better way to participate in a ground-breaking event when you can’t be physically there?
Although I would have loved to be there to shake the hands of my fellow VAs and go out for that Texas breakfast that they all raved about, being there Virtually was definitely the next best thing. Being a part of history in the making was, and still is, a very exhilarating feeling.
Oh… and the seminar we had the honour of attending… great job Fred! I learned a lot and was glad to hear the input of others in our industry.
To all the organizers… what a fabulous job you all did. You should be very proud!
To all the Webtrain staff that were there both physically and virtually present… you have a wonderful service in this chat software that was used for us to be able to join in. I will definitely be recommending your service to others!
And, to all the participants, both physically and virtually present… it was great to see and chat with all of you and to share in this historic event!
Personally, I can’t wait for the Second Annual VA Conference, whether I am physically or virtually present!