Seán Labastille


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29 May 2020

Hosting a Remote Conference in 10 Easy Steps


  1. Build a team to put together a great speaker lineup, sell tickets, dispatch swag or merch, recruit sponsers and volounteers to support your event.
  2. Set up a stable internet connection with at least 10 Mbps upload bandwidth (4G or better).1
  3. Use a streaming platform like hopin2, twitch, mixer or YouTube.
  4. Prepare recordings of your speaker’s talks3
  5. Invite live guests to join using Skype 4
  6. Set up a camera (not your laptop webcam) to be seen. Almost any iPhone or iPad front facing camera will do. 5
  7. Set up a microphone (not your laptop or headphone cord microphone) to be heard. Any mic which is close to your face but far from fans or rustling garments should be good enough.
  8. Set up broadcast software to manage your stream. For example OBS. 6
  9. Unleash your creativity: Set up your broadcast software with nice scenes, cue up talk recordings for playback and integrate video sources like Skype through NDI or cameras.
  10. Press Broadcast and bring your event to the world.

1 See the Twitch Streaming Guidelines for detailed bandwidth recommendations.

2 hopin is a recently launched platform which offers a holistic online event experience and is developing rapidly.

3 This greatly reduces the risk of technical issues impacting your speakers and allows them to provide Q&A as their talks roll.

4 Use Skype Meet Now to simplify the guest experience, they can even join using a browser. On the broadcaster side Skype exposes NDI feeds for each call participant which can be used by broadcast software.

5 Use EpocCam HD or similar to bring this into your broadcast.

6 Alternatives include Streamlabs OBS, xSplit or vMix