The event is held via TeamTalk, so folks start out with wave
files, edit them, and make them available as mp3’s. Adding to the mix this year
is translation of keynote in at least one another language. In the first years
of NVDACon, I did most of the audio editing work, but these days, we have a team
of audio experts working on it.
Adriani, I too can help with audio production. I have been
doing it for almost thirty years.
character is found in how you treat people who cannot do
my name is Adriani, and we
organized the NVDACon this year together with Derek, Laura, Austin and
Let me answer to your email as
the chair of NVDACon 2019 and clarify hopefully some of your good
First of all, thank you very
much for presenting at NVDACon this year. It was a great presentation and alot
of people enjoyed it. I have learned some new things and I hope you could help
many users with your good material.
As you probably might not have
seen during the conference, we have distributed your handout several times,
starting about two hours before your presentation. We distributed it through a
dropbox link in the chat several times also during the presentation. Though,
we cannot make sure that people read it completely. And as you certainly know,
many people are more confortable with asking a questoin that might be covered
by the handout instead of reading the handout itself. This is unfortunately
something that we cannot completely avoid.
As regarding the handout and the
audio file of your recording, we understand the concerns of users. If
possible, we should upload the recording right after the presentation. But
unfortunately it is not as simple. Let me explain:
We asked several times through
the year if there are people interested in helping us to edit recordings,
moderate the conference, engage voluntarely in this wonderful work. And
unfortunately we got only two or three new people on the board. But for audio
editing we didn’t get anyone else to help us other than the small team that we
had last year. And yet this year we will be faster with uploading stuff on the
website. But we have to make sure that it has a certain
We do not prefer to distribute
your handout without the recording of your presentation because it is
something that belongs together. But be sure that we have recorded every
session of the NVDACon and we will upload them as soon as
As far as professionality is
concerned, if we want to be professional, we need more people on the board. We
are doing this voluntarely and we have also full time jobs which are not
related to NVDA. If people want to invest time in helping us to make this
conference more professional, then please, join and organize it with us
together next year.
Actually, I have also created a
youtube channel for the conference. But sadly, there were simply no people to
And with two chairs on the board
only, it is not possible to manage all this work. For a professional
conference we would also need a linked in account etc. People often do not
realize how much work sticks behind the whole organisation of the
I am sorry that I probably
cannot fully satisfy your concerns but this is what we have at this time. I
hope that the community becomes more engaged and helps us next time to bring
this event at a higher level.
Last but not least, the
conference just ended 4 days ago. I wish sometimes users were more patient
when it comes to voluntary work. We cannot compare this with professional
online webinars or conferences although I think many users do compare it
Thank you Deborah for your
feedback and hopefully see you at the conference next
the lightning talk at NVDACON on learning foreign languages using NVDA. I
really enjoyed the conference, and really enjoyed making this contribution. I
definitely want to do a session next year, and will send in my list of ideas
to the NVDACON planning team, as soon as I figure out who they are.
I got a
lot of private messages and some email from people who were very disappointed
my session was cut short. I totally understand why it was done, and I should
have planned a full session instead of a lightning talk. But this was my first
time, so I didn't want to have empty time to fill.
presentation included a handout and I was more disappointed there wasn't an
easy way to distribute it and that it still hasn't shown up on the NVDA Con
site together with a recording of my presentation.
I think if we want this
conference to have more professional speakers, we need to be a little more
professional ourselves. For example, my handout would have answered many
questions users might not have had a chance to ask, and encouraging other
presenters to prepare handouts would go a long way towards solving the problem
of people being in an inconvenient time zone. Having recordings promptly
available too would help.
I know we are all volunteers, but I'd encourage
people on the list with skills like writing and recording to step forward and
contribute as well, so the few people who are tasked with running next year's
con will have more help.