About the Virtual Gathering

Q: As a first time attendee, what should I know first?

  • This is a Technology Workshop. We encourage you to use technology as a means of communication during and after the Workshop sessions. Bring your smartphones, tablets, and laptops! We will use them during the Workshop.
  • All sessions are being recorded with the intention of being distributed over the Internet (behind a login). Please respect anonymity. All Workshop attendees will receive this content for free. But please support the taper by browsing their other recordings.
  • If you need help at any time ask a question in our Slack channel or in the Zoom Hospitality room.
  • We use Slack and a shared Google doc Workshop Report to collaborate and communicate during the conference.

Q: Where’s the hospitality room?

  • The Hospitality room is a separate Zoom room. The Hospitality room will be open throughout the day.

Q: What is slack?

  • Slack is a third party chat application that allows closed communications between members. NAATW is not affiliated with Slack nor do we endorse it. We do use it to communicate real-time during the workshop. Use the Slack channel #naatw-2020-virtual-gathering during sessions to have a conversation with other workshop participants. 

Q: How do I connect to slack?

  • Use this link to join the NAATW Slack team – https://app.slack.com/client/T0BN35V1N/C0BN1JN2Z
  • Download the slack application on your device (mobile, tablet, or computer). Once connected to the NAATW organization, join the #naatw-2020-virtual-gathering channel

Q: How do I get the Workshop Report?

  • We do not create a Workshop Report. Please collaborate with other attendees to create a report together. 
  • We’ve started a google document for such sharing. Anyone with the link can add or edit the document. 
  • We understand that there are anonymity concerns with the use of such Google documents. If you do not wish to participate in the collaboration, please post comments in the slack channel and ask someone to add it to the report.
  • We will generate a PDF of the document for distribution to all registered participants approximately one week after the Conference.

Q: How do I get the Audio Recordings?

  • Recordings will be made available through our website behind a login. 
  • We will invite every registered user to the website sometime soon, if we have not already done so. It is through the website with this login that you will have access to audio recordings.
  • We expect that these will be available soon after the Workshop, possibly within the week. 

Q: What are the Presentation Recordings?

  • The presentation recordings are computer output (what you see on the projector) along with the room audio.
  • Only presentations with slide decks will be recorded this way, and not all of them. Panels will not be recorded this way. 
  • We are recording using the same equipment that gamers use to record their computer during live streaming. This equipment sites between the computer and the projector.
  • If this goes well this content will be provided in the same manner as our audio content.

Q: How do I share on social media?

  • Don’t share on social media. This was a trick question.
  • Read https://www.aa.org/assets/en_US/mg-18_internet.pdf
  • While we wish not to cause any controversy, we are pushing the limits (and in some cases breaking them). We fully support the idea of not using Facebook or Twitter for AA communications. 
  • We wish we didn’t use Google for shared documents too and we hope to have a better solution by next year. 

Q: You are recording, what about anonymity?

  • We will read this statement at the beginning of every meeting: “Please help us honor our Tradition of Anonymity by using first names only. We remind you especially to do so when speaking from the floor microphone during all question and answer periods. Should you hear a full name during this session, please write down the time and room where this occurred and share this with the taper immediately after the session or even better drop this information in the Workshop slack channel.”
  • When we release the audio to Workshop attendees behind a login, do not distribute it to others. And while you are listening to this content, should you have anonymity concerns, please contact us info@naatw.org immediately so we can scrub the content.

Q: There’s a survey?

  • Yes there is, after the Workshop please fill out this survey — [add link]

About the Organization

These questions are about the Organization

Q: What is TIAA? How are NAATW and TIAA related?

  • TIAA is the Technology in AA online Forums. TIAA was started after our second Conference by members who attended the Conference.
  • It is a different organization from NAATW. Yet we are closely related. Our membership overlaps.
  • We have formed a sub committee that is in active discussions on how the two organizations can best serve our membership and work with each other.

Q: Who is a member of NAATW?

  • You are!
  • The only requirement to be a voting member of NAATW is to be present at our annual members meeting on Sunday.

Q: How do I get involved in service within NAATW?

  • Attend the members meeting on Sunday (that goes without saying).
  • Stand for one of the 3 open Steering Committee positions.
  • Send an email to info@naatw.org and tell us that you’d like to help. Or just talk to any Steering Committee member.

Q: How do I bid to host a future Workshop?

  • We try to move the Workshop around geographically. Ideally we’d follow a schedule that goes somewhere in the middle of the country every other year and to each coast every fourth year. In practicality, we go wherever someone is willing to host.
  • Talk to any Steering Committee Member to let us know your intention, or just send an email to chair@naatw.org