On this page, we're spotlighting conferences, summits, and events that focus on remote work. This page provides an overview of how to engage and extract maximum value from a virtual event, which may not be immediately intuitive to those who have not yet attended one.
Looking for remote-focused events that GitLab is hosting or participating in? For a running schedule, please bookmark the main GitLab Events page.
Particularly for those who are seeking a new role with an all-remote or remote-first company, events can be a great place to meet others who have experience and connections in the space. Below are several growing events that you may consider attending.
REMOTE by GitLab is a premier event exploring the future of workplace design, strategy, and culture. During this half-day symposium on June 29, 2021, attendees learned how to create and sustain scalable remote practices within their teams and organizations. REMOTE by GitLab featured sessions from top remote leaders, detailing how remote work is transforming lives, companies, and communities. As one of the largest all-remote companies, GitLab brought together the workplace design community to inspire the future of business and culture in the post-office world.
Couldn't join us live? Watch the recordings on demand.
The Remote Future Summit is an annual virtual conference focused on remote work. You can join it from anywhere, as it is a 100% online experience. The third and most-recent edition of the Remote Future Summit took place in September 2020, covering topics like becoming a remote-friendly organization and designing processes for distributed teams. You can still access all the contents and recordings from the event.
Running Remote is carefully curated to teach you next-level, actionable strategies, and tactics you can utilize the very next day to manage and grow your distributed team. Their mission is to provide the education and tools that founders and professionals need to succeed in the future of work. This is a gathering of leaders who will share everything they’ve learned running a remote first organisation.
The Remote Work Summit is an initiative to bring together 24+ industry leaders from Fortune 500 companies, startups and agencies to share their secrets of building effective remote teams, organizations & careers. You can watch the recorded sessions from the third edition of the event, which took place in April 2020.
Flex Summit 2021 is a week-long virtual summit devoted to the future of flexible work. In 2019, Fuze hosted the first-ever Flex Summit, an in-person destination summit for leaders engaging in the future of flexible work. This year, Flex Summit Week 2021 is re-imagining the traditional virtual event structure – releasing content daily. The week takes place from Monday, June 14 – Friday, June 18, 2021.
RemoteCon is a remote conference on remote work. It took place April 7, 2020 on Zoom. RemoteCon is organized by Marcel Salathé and a group of volunteers at EPFL who believe that remote is not only changing how we work, but also how society organizes itself. Getting remote work right is thus one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century. It’s time to talk about it.
Networking takes additional consideration in the all-remote space, given that people congregate in the same physical space less often. This creates opportunity for conferences and summits to bring remote workers from all over the globe together, serving as a catalyst for collaboration, communication, and inspiration.
As remote work becomes more popular, a number of conferences and summits are emerging to serve a few key purposes.
Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, most conventional conferences and summits required your physical presence for maximum impact. Networking, learning, and discussions all took place face-to-face, in a shared physical space. If you couldn't make it, you missed out. Select in-person conferences recorded snippets of panels and keynote speeches for viewing after the conference ended, but did not offer a seamless way for dialog to continue. If you tuned in after the event, the flow of information was unidirectional, making it difficult to engage in a meaningful way.
As events and conferences pivoted to virtual platforms in 2020, organizers were forced to become experts at connecting and engaging with attendees in creative ways that had not been explored before. While many conferences will certainly reincorporate some in-person element in the future, the tools and expertise gained through more than a year of exclusively virtual events will enable all conferences to be more inclusive and accessible going forward. Given that remote work summits are engineered to be open to anyone, anywhere in the world, virtual access is a vital part of ensuring that a global community can engage with content, speakers, panelists, and keynotes.
Remote work summits welcome anyone interested in the future of workplace design, and do not shun or look down on those who work in colocated or hybrid organizations. The beauty of remote work events is that everyone is welcome, even those who may still be skeptical of remote work or have negative experiences.
All-remote and remote-first workflows change rapidly. Technology, tools, mobile network infrastructure, internet ubiquity, and a cultural understanding of virtual communication all contribute to making remote work increasingly feasible. Those who have a negative view of remote work, but are curious to see how the space is evolving, stand to gain much from attending remote work conferences and summits.
Speakers and presenters can present from anywhere. They may be on a stage with others in a shared physical space, or they may be presenting from anywhere in the world via computer and webcam. By removing the need to travel and carve out large chunks of one's schedule, the virtual nature of a remote work conference creates a significant opportunity for summit hosts to capture a more diverse array of speakers.
A major boon of remote work summits is the ability to engage asynchronously. Even if you're unavailable for the entirety of the live event, all-remote and remote-first events are typically structured to be experienced at your leisure. For example, the prior year of The Remote Future Summit can still be experienced now, as all sessions were captured and archived for future viewing.
Moreover, the remote community typically welcomes outreach from others working remotely. If you view a session that contributed to your knowledge and understanding of an issue, it's not out of line to reach out to the speaker(s) who presented via email, Twitter, etc. and begin a dialog — even months after the live event concludes.
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