We are very happy to share with you this first newsletter after the end of the 2020 GeOnG Forum last Tuesday evening. We hope that those of you who attended had a great time and that you found the sessions stimulating and engaging!
It was a rich edition -by the diversity of its content and panels. We would like to thank all the speakers and facilitators who put their trust in us this year as the event was moved online.
This edition was more inclusive -with participants based in 72 different countries. The move to the virtual world had a few advantages! We thank our 14 sponsors for helping us reach our goal of creating a two-day online event designed for a larger and more diverse audience.
It was a challenging edition -let’s not kid ourselves, spending two days in front of a computer for a conference is not everyone’s cup of tea and it requires a lot of planning from the event organizers. But overall, it went well – thanks to the wonderful work of the moderators from the staff & volunteer teams of CartONG – and despite a few hiccups, all the preparation work paid off!
Despite the constraints, it was an exciting edition -thanks to all the participants who tried their luck with the 2 GeOniGmas, who were actively engaged in the forum discussions, who shared their best moments on social media, and much more! Thank you to all those who contributed to make this edition a convivial moment.
Last but not least, it was an inspiring edition -and on that note, we will leave you with a quote from our keynote speaker, Ben Parker: « We need to do this stuff better. You’re the first line of defence. The values in the data set need to reflect your values. »
We hope to see you all in 2022 for the next edition of the forum! Until then, take take!