A "hybrid" course at in which the instructor and all registered (paying) attendees were remote. Someone was guarding the door to make sure nobody snuck in to watch the Zoom session being projected to the completely empty room.

@mako I don't think we've figured out this hybrid thing yet.

@carlcolglazier @mako I think this is a great illustration of how broken the current mega conference model is

@carlcolglazier @mako I think it's worth pointing out that the conference room looks awful and the people in the call are probably in much nicer environments.

@yaxu @carlcolglazier @mako Honestly feels like this image is just missing having screens on each desk with the faces of the participants to give a 1950's vision of "The Future"...

@yaxu @mako Yes, fully virtual events can be great. I went to a social alumni event on this weekend. It was nice. You could move around and form smaller group discussions, but I didn't have to pay hundreds of dollars for a flight to attend. There is still a lot of promise to the virtual gathering model to iterate upon.

@mako ooph. Not sure how hybrid will be better at large confs if the in-person side is still in mega conf centres. those contracts promote concerns on attendance #s and recouping $$$ over more sensible decisions.

That said, I had a good experience virtually at hybrid events this CHI. The Material Ethics workshop ( was almost evenly split virtual/in-person for both organizers and attendees. Every activity was hybrid and well delivered! Glimmers of what it could be 🌱

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