On 13 and 14 November 2020, the Polish Dalton Association organised the 9th International Dalton Conference. Entitled "Horizons of Cooperation", it was a completely online edition.
The online format created an incredible opportunity to present good Dalton practices from many countries, with representatives particpating from Austria, China, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Germany, Turkey and Australia. The entire conference lasted for 2 days and comprised a number of online meetings, workshops and integration opportunities.
Due to the complex structure of the conference – with a main stage, parallel workshops, online study visits and an Expo zone – we proposed to the organisers that the PINE platform would be the best option to run the event on. With its virtually unlimited possibilities, this platform allowed all the organisers' planned activities to take place and be easily accessible to the participants. The PINE platform is notable for its very clear menu that helps participants to navigate around it, with the additional advantage that all the parts of the agenda were available to everyone in one place.
An important section during the conference was the Expo zone, where conference partners and sponsors could present themselves in specially prepared and designed exhibition booths. These zones allowed sponsors to showcase their promotional videos, conduct live webinars and place links to their products or social media channels. All with the appropriate branding, of course.
The final item on the conference agenda was an awards ceremony presenting Dalton laurels and certificates to educational institutions. The gala was broadcast from Kindergarten No. 4 in Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski.
The Dalton Conference is an international event, which means that it is mainly held in English. At the request of the organisers, we provided consecutive interpreting for all the lectures taking place on the main stage. Before the event, we held a series of rehearsals on Zoom and PINE to make sure that the translators felt comfortable with their work and could be confident that they would be heard easily and understood by the participants.
Our work involved making a platform available for the entire event and configuring it for use. The result enabled the organisers to maintain a format that was still very similar to a traditional conference, with a main stage, parallel workshops, translations, online meetings, (online) study visits and networking. For the speeches, we held a series of rehearsals with the speakers to ensure they were comfortable with their presentations. The whole event was preceded by a mailing that we prepared and sent to all participants with a reminder about the conference. On the day of the event itself, we also set up a production studio in Kindergarten No. 4 in Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski.