The Emamo Show: Event Planner Conversations

Online Conference Organizers Chris Schmitt & Ari Stiles - Virtual Conferences and Their Hidden Benefit: Inclusion


This week we chat with Christopher Schmitt and Ari Stiles, the duo who has run dozens of web-based conferences. They’ve been in the event industry for over a decade, from advising and working with South by Southwest to starting their own conferences to working with Knowbility and Smashing Mag today. We dive deep into how they created a successful virtual conference series and the simple changes you can do to make your event more accessible and diversity-friendly.

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Intro & Outro music: "Funk Game Loop" by Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0


Episode 10

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