This guide explains the basics of Distantly including different tabs and provides instructions on how to use the platform in general.
The events at a glance tab, shows all of the events that you have accepted an invite to. Here you will see the event cover photo, title, and time.
Click the arrow to see the event description.
Click GO TO to visit the event.
Distantly is made of of various tabs and is primarily navigated using the sidebar on the left. You can access it by clicking on the hamburger menu in the top left if the menu is hidden.
Under the Event Name you will see separate tabs for each section of the event. To navigate the event simply click on these headings.
The invitation tab is only visible to the Event Admin.
Also on this page you will be able to see the list of people attending the event in the Participants tab.
From here you can click on a persons name to chat with them directly or book a 10 minute B2B session with them.
Next to the Participants you will see an event wide chat. Here you can chat with all of the other event attendees.
If you would like to chat with someone in private you can do so through direct messaging. One of the ways to chat with someone is by clicking their name in the participants list and clicking Start Chat.
In Distantly you can message people in private, if they have enabled direct messages.
To send a direct message navigate to the MESSAGING tab. There you will see a list of people in the event on the right. Click on a person's name and click START CHAT.
A filled green circle next to someone's name indicates that the user is online.
If someone disables their direct messaging, their name will be greyed out and you will not be able to message them.
If someone disables direct messaging your chat history with that person will remain there.
You can also book a B2B session from the Messaging tab by clicking on someone's name in the Event Participants list on the right and the clicking BOOK A SESSION
In the Main Stage you will see the current main session of the event. This is a quick way to catch whatever important session is currently happening.
If nothing is playing in the Main Stage it will display No current session in progress.
All session have a live chat on the right, in which you can interact with the speakers and fellow participants.
If the session has already happened, you will see a recording of the stream and the chat history. You will still be able to post in the chat.
If the session is currently happening you will see a live stream of the speakers. If the stream hasn't started yet you will see *The stream will begin shortly".
For a future session, you will not be able to join.
You can also join Sessions through the Agenda and the Calendar tabs, by clicking on the session in the schedule and then clicking JOIN on the pop-up.
In the GROUP MEETINGS tab you will be able to see all of the public meetings created by the event admin and private meetings that you are a part of. Group meetings are simply group calls and aren't recorded, unlike sessions.
To create a Private Meeting that will only be visible to you and those you invite, click the NEW PRIVATE MEETING button in the top right corner. A pop-up will prompt you to enter the meeting details and set a moderator.
Only the moderator will be able to change the details of the meetings, and delete it (unless its a public meeting).
The people you invite will get an email and a notification on Distantly to join your meeting.
To join the meeting click JOIN on the meeting tile.
You can also join meetings from your personal calendar.
Booths are an essential part of any conference and now you can visit them online through Distantly! To visit a booth click VISIT on the booth tile. You will be taken to the booth screen where you will be able to chat with booth hosts as well as the other people visiting.
On the bottom of the booth page you will see a list of people from the hosting organization that are available for B2B. To book a B2B session you click on the BOOK A SESSION button under their name.
For example you can search for: John Smith, Company A, HR director, etc.
Once you find the person you are looking for click BOOK A SESSION on their card. Note that you can also book a session from the booth page and other parts of the website.
After you click the book a session button a Calendar will open up, with their schedule. Select a free time slot and click book session. You will now see the session in your personal calendar with the status Pending. Once the person you invited accepts your invitations the b2b session will be confirmed and added to their calendar as well.
Be careful not to double book B2Bs. Make sure you don't have anything booked during the time you are selecting.
To join the B2B, navigate to the calendar tab. Click on the B2B and press JOIN.
You will be taken to a call with the person you scheduled the session with.
Although the session block are denoted as 10 minutes, you will be able to talk longer if you need to.
The CALENDAR tab displays your personal calendar, where you can see the event sessions that are happening as well as the private meetings you have accepted an invite to and your B2B sessions. You can filter the events in your calendar by clicking on the coloured boxes above it. You can also view the calendar by day, week, work week or month in the top right.
To navigate to the calendar click on Calendar on the bottom of the side bar. From here you will be able to join sessions, meetings, B2B sessions.