Fusion Conferences / A live-video platform for scientists.
Fusion Conferences are a scientific conference organiser. They specialise in hosting meetings and conferences within the academic and corporate industry for those working at the forefront of physical, medical, life sciences and their related technologies.
Throughout 2021, Steadfast Collective and Fusion Conferences worked together to craft a bespoke live-video conferencing web application, designed specifically for the scientific community.
The Fusion Conferences Online platform now regularly hosts online conferences for chairs and leading scientists looking to make advancements in their fields.
To create a bespoke online scientific conferencing platform for hosting live academic conferences.
Fusion Online looked to fill the void in the market, where other platforms struggled with engagement and retention.
Participants are able to view details of various online conferences, register their details and make payments online. Once logged in, participants see a clear timeline of the conference, with the option to join different room types.
During presentations, conference participants can virtually ‘raise their hand’ to ask a question at the end of the presentation. Participants with questions can then be invited to join the video feed during the dedicated Q&A sessions.
Networking takes place via networking rooms, and participants can also chat to other conference participants via the ‘Session Chat’, which provides live virtual messaging.
Interactive rooms were created with the scientific community in mind, including Topic Discussion, Icebreaker, Panel Discussion and Meet-the-speaker rooms.
A central forum is available to all users to ask questions, find a collaborator, share advice, start a discussion thread, or to post and find job opportunities.
Notes can be taken throughout the conference within the virtual platform, ready for download at any time. The resource centre is home to a full list of participants, an abstract book, code of conduct and helpful tips, guidance and documentation for the conference.
The Fusion Conferences team are able to create, manage and successfully run conferences all from their dashboard.
When creating the conference’s schedule, the team are able to manage content, and link speakers and hosts to rooms, which in turn allow these users special privileges.
Before the conference, guest speakers are able to submit poster abstract submissions, these are then stored, reviewed and placed into the conference’s poster room.
The team are able to moderate all live chat, questions and video/audio capability on the fly, allowing for a safe and inclusive space.
We utilised Stripe’s payment features to build a robust checkout process, handling payments from around the world, with auto-calculating VAT.
Throughout the platform, live video is a key feature, whether as part of a presentation or a networking room.
Live notifications, powered by Pusher, are triggered based on timers, room schedules and the live-chat functionality.
We use various APIs to be able to stream high-quality live video, to provide the ability to share a screen, and to allow the host to control live-video usage.
Laravel and Vue.js are the foundations for Fusion Online.
We utilise Laravel Vapor on top of AWS Lambda serverless technology, with Redis clusters and RDS.
Pusher is used to trigger real-time notifications and allow live chat.
Statamic for the CMS.
Fusion Online has allowed the Fusion Conference’s team to widen their horizons beyond in-person gatherings, enabling participants from around the world to be involved.
Fusion Online has received wonderful feedback from conference participants since its launch.
— Fusion Conferences (@Fusion_Conf) November 18, 2021
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