Making the most of online engagement

Ms Megan Guidry1

1New Zealand eScience Infrastructure


2020 has been especially challenging for the eResearch community in Australasia.  For community builders, the difficulty centres around moving workshops, meetups, conferences and other events online while maintaining a high level of authentic engagement.


In this lightning talk, Megan Guidry, training coordinator for New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI), will share how the NeSI engagement team has been coping with online training, virtual conferencing, and long bouts of remote working.


This lightening talk will highlight the successes and challenges of moving online including:

  • The highs and lows of running NeSI’s first online machine learning hackathon, and
  • what the engagement team learned from running NZ research software engineering conference online.


After reflecting on the above experimental approaches, Megan will explain how these experiences and learnings are shaping NeSI’s training and engagement plans for the future.


Megan Guidry is the training coordinator for New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI) and Regional Coordinator for the Carpentries in New Zealand. Her main priority is raising the eResearch capability in New Zealand through training coordination and community building.

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