8(bit) Degrees - Virtual Networking

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CSI's first virtual networking event. Join us to meet new people and connect over the needs of your business. (No Zoom rooms involved!)

About this Event

Did you set a record in 2020 for fewest new connections made? We sure did.

In 2021, we’re out to change that. Join us as we launch 8(bit) Degrees, a virtual networking event that combines CSI’s years of event and facilitation experience and the extremely popular online platform You’ll meet new people, reconnect with folks you haven’t seen, and build the network you need to succeed this year.

With facilitated and open spaces to chat, this is your chance to break through the monotony of Zoom calls and explore a pixelated world full of folks building a better IRL future for all.

Link to join will be emailed to attendees shortly prior to the event.

How To Guide for Attendees

Looking for set-up instructions, a run-down of navigation, and where to find tech support if you need them? Read our How to Gather With Us: How To Guide before getting started.

Accessibility of the Event

8(Bit) Degrees is being hosted through a combination of the platform and GoogleMeet conferencing service.

Attendees will be sent a link to sign into CSI’s space where they can log-in to move around a grid map of a virtual world, and speak or chat with other attendees through video and text chat based on their proximity to one another on the map.

Alternatively, attendees can book an EventGuide and obtain a dedicated conference link to join from their computer or call from their phone. The Event Guide will present the world to them via screen sharing and live voice description.

Guides will:

  • Name and customize the attendee’s avatar according to verbal instruction
  • Show, describe, or read the map and provide options to navigate, explore, and participate in activities.
  • Enable participation in any activities the attendee would like to participate in, by capturing their contributions and submitting them.
  • Accompany the attendee to conversations with other guests, and on request, disable their audio for a predetermined period of time to provide privacy.

To book a Guide for the event, please email by Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021.

Technical Accessibility Details Event Venue Accessibility

Thanks to UBICOMP 2020 for their work outlining specific accessibility barriers of Gather.Town. The below specifics pull from their research but have been updated to be accurate for The CSI Holiday Gathering 2020.

The platform does not currently provide information about their accessibility online.

Screen Reader Support: was with Apple Voice over, and found it impossible to navigate the virtual world. As I moved my avatar no verbal feedback was given on its location nor what virtual spaces or other avatars were nearby. It was possible to navigate the UI using a screen reader to chat to all which would facilitate wayfinding or asking an SV for help, but I was unable to chat with a specific user. You are able to have your avatar follow another to facilitate wayfinding.

Captioning: does not support captioning, though interactions with other attendees happen through video chat which facilitates lip reader and/or signing.

Low Hand Dexterity: does not afford moving your avatar by voice. It is possible to move one’s avatar using mouse keys, and the “x” key starts a video chat with nearby users. There are no other key commands to allow one to chat, quickly navigate to a specific room, or access menu items (map, raise hand, set status, setup, etc.).

Accessibility Support & Booking a Guide

A Guide can be booked for the event by emailing Please specify what time you plan to arrive. Guides will be accessed through conferencing software, and provide navigation, verbal description, and closed captioning of conversations. A dedicated link will be sent to attendees the morning of the event.

Alternatively, you can have your own support worker provide assistance, however there may be limitations to their ability to share your video with other event attendees. A map of the event space will be available to guides and support workers through the platform during the event.

GoogleMeet Accessibility is a free video conferencing service with built in chat and closed captioning. Please visit GoogleMeet to review specific accessibility information of the tool.

Happy Gathering!

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