Beyond the conference walls: Exploring the power of virtual experiences

Ran from 1-2 July 2020


The first annual ExOrdoCon was a roaring success. With nearly 600 registrants and plenty of engaging discussion among speakers and attendees, the power of virtual conferencing was certainly on show. And we hope to keep the conversation going. So the content from our live event is now available to browse on-demand. Make sure to check it out on the event site.

Thank you to everyone who made ExOrdoCon 2020 one for the books - we're looking forward to seeing you again next year!

From the Conference Organising Team

It’s Time to Get Research Events Back on Track

This year, in-person research events all over the world have been postponed or outright cancelled. And still, many organisers’ only option is to go virtual. But starting from scratch can be scary. So to help you get your disrupted event back on track, we hosted a virtual conference on virtual conferencing.

During the live event, we explored what this new normal might mean for research conferences. We dove into sessions with industry experts and organisers of virtual conferences to learn about what works, and what doesn't. And we engaged in discussions about everything from Accessibility to “Zoom Fatigue.” We're excited to continue exploring the power of virtual conferencing in a collaborative environment. So we’ve made the on-demand recordings of ExOrdoCon 2020 free to access. Jump in now and take a look!

Keynote Speakers

Paul Killoran
Ex Ordo Founder & CEO

Back when Paul started as an engineering student, he didn’t even know what a conference paper was. Then he dipped his toe in the research conference world, realised how awful the software was, and decided to build Ex Ordo. In the 10 years since then, he's helped power thousands of conferences. He's fanatical about connecting the research community and helping people create exceptional experiences for their attendees.

Kiki L’Italien
CEO of Association Chat

Kiki is the CEO and host of Association Chat, an online community, podcast, and media platform for the association industry, with a reach of over 72k industry professionals monthly. Bridging the gap between the virtual and real-world, Kiki is driven by bringing people together. She speaks to audiences about developing community and trust so that more people can unite to make our world a better place.

Michelle Russell
Editor-In-Chief of Convene Magazine

Recognised in 2019 by Eventex as one of The 100 Most Influential People in the Event Industry globally, Michelle is passionate about exploring the power of the events industry. She has served 17 years as Editor-In-Chief of Convene Magazine at PCMA. As an award-winning magazine, Convene is the leading meetings industry publication for educational content and professional development.


Conference Programme

ExOrdoCon 2020 addressed topics surrounding the virtual experience for organisers, speakers, and attendees of scholarly events. During the two-day programme, our presenters gave heaps of insight, tips, and tricks to help you provide your delegates with a great virtual conference experience. And now, you can dive into it all on-demand to continue exploring a variety of live session recordings, panel discussions, and more.

Summary of on-demand presentations and the live presentation schedule for ExOrdoCon 2020.

What You Can Expect

Recordings of our live sessions from ExOrdoCon 2020 are now available to watch. A variety of live presentations, expert panels and on-demand content address all areas of the virtual experience. Get started exploring on the event site.

On-Demand Sessions

A week before ExOrdoCon 2020 kicked off, we released five pre-recorded sessions to view on-demand. Each topic was covered by a variety of speakers with a different perspective - from production value to engagement to managing hybrid events and mobile. These sessions are still available to browse on-demand.

Live Presentations

On 1-2 July, our live speakers presented on a variety of topics. From networking to preparing for the unexpected, there were plenty of conversations for attendees to join. And the discussion in the chat made for heaps of entertaining and educational moments along the way. These sessions were recorded and are available to view now.

Live Panels

In addition to the live speaker presentations, our expert panels were a huge hit. They covered the hot topics of Hybrid Conferencing and Virtual Event Revenue. And the discussion and questions to follow certainly gave us plenty to think about. The panels were hosted live and powered by Cisco Webex, our official partner for Ex Ordo Virtual.

Sessions & Panels
Networking Sessions