THE ONLY CIFST AUTHORIZED SHOWCASE THIS FALL
 

As the pandemic continues to impact live events across Canada, including CIFST Section table top events, CIFST has endeavoured to once again create a virtual event that will help to fill the void for industry suppliers seeking opportunities to promote their brand and engage with prospective customers.

CIFST ALT*: A Virtual Showcase

CIFST ALT is a brand-new virtual event that will focus on alternative food products, alternative technologies and innovative alternatives to how the food industry produces and distributes products to end users.

Participants will be encouraged to explore the emerging technologies, practices and approaches in the Alt space. CIFST ALT is going to be cutting edge, eye-opening and mind-blowing.

REGISTER TO BE AN EXCLUSIVE SUPPLIER SHOWCASE SPEAKER – LIMITED TO 15

The CIFST ALT Virtual Showcase will provide food sector suppliers the opportunity to promote their unique brand via our Supplier Showcase Sessions. Each session will be fifteen minutes in length (think TED Talks style) and will be delivered twice during the event. The theme of all presentations will be “alternative.”

The fee to participate as a Supplier Showcase Speaker is $1,250 for CIFST members and $2,000 for non-members. Your fee includes 2 x 15 minute presentations, company logo placement on the event platform landing page (virtual lobby), the suppliers showcase sessions page (presentation portal), on the CIFST website and in all event communications. Your fee also includes 6 complimentary registrations for your guests.

Event Details:

CIFST ALT*: A Virtual Showcase
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST

Questions? Please contact Constance Wrigley-Thomas, CIFST Executive Director at constance@cifst.ca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CIFST ALT – Landing Page/Lobby

This is where attendees will land after they have logged on to the virtual event site. Logos for all of the companies for the Supplier Speaker Showcase will be on the walls to the left and right and will link to company websites.

Navigation tabs will be at the top of the page including links to the mainstage and the interactive networking.  Links to the Supplier Speaker Showcase will be on the centre wall where the map is located.

Site wide chat will be available in the lobby.

CIFST ALT – Mainstage

This is the location for opening and closing, the panel presentation and the keynote speaker.

Site wide chat will be available in this area.

CIFST ALT – Supplier Speaker Showcase

This is the location to select a showcase session – there will be three sets of five sessions, each running 15 minutes. The first showcase will start at 1:15 p.m. EST and will be repeated later in the afternoon.

Supplier Speaker Showcase companies will have their logos featured here.

Chat will be available in each meeting room.

 

For networking, CIFST ALT will be using a proximity chatting platform that will enable participants to meet and talk via video using their microphone and web cam.

The platform we will be using is like a physical space, only virtual. The space is called a Room, and groups of two people or more are called Circles. You cannot hear or see conversations unless you create or join a Circle. Circles can also be locked for privacy.

Every person in a Room is represented by a small avatar (i.e. your photo); by clicking, holding, and letting go, you can move around the Room.

You can open a Circle with someone else, or join an existing Circle, by moving close to them and letting go; this will open a video chat. Up to 15 participants can meet and talk in a Circle.

How do I move around the room?

Click anywhere in the Room with your mouse and hold the click down. Watch your avatar glide over to where you want to be.

How do I start video chatting with other guests?

Hold your cursor down over the person or Circle you want to join, let go and the video chat opens. Easy-peasy.

How many guests fit into one Room?

Rooms can accommodate up to 1,500 participants.

How many guests can speak in one conversation group (Circle)?

One Circle can hold 15 participants. Why 15? Research has found that 15 is an optimal number where everyone could be included in a conversation.

Can I turn off video and audio?

Don’t feel comfortable sharing your pajamas with the world? Turn off your camera by clicking the camera icon at the bottom centre of your screen. You’ll appear to other members with a black screen containing your avatar picture. Want to hide the cat screaming for dinner? Mute yourself by hitting the microphone icon (also at the bottom centre of your screen).

REGISTER TO BE AN EXCLUSIVE SUPPLIER SHOWCASE SPEAKER – LIMITED TO 15

Attendee registration opens in September

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schedule

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Networking Rounds

1:00 p.m.               Opening Remarks

1:15 – 2:15 p.m.    Supplier Speaker Showcase
3 – 15-minute concurrent session with a series of supplier partners

  • Session Set #1 – Choose from one of 5 Suppliers
  • Session Set #2 – Choose from one of 5 Suppliers
  • Session Set #3 – Choose from one of 5 Suppliers

2:15 – 2:45 p.m.    Networking Rounds

2:45 – 3:45 p.m.    Panel Presentation

3:45 – 4:45 p.m.    Supplier Speaker Showcase (Repeat)
3 – 15-minute concurrent sessions with a series of supplier partners

  • Session Set #1 – Choose from one of 5 Suppliers
  • Session Set #2 – Choose from one of 5 Suppliers
  • Session Set #3 – Choose from one of 5 Suppliers

4:45 – 5:30 p.m.    Keynote Speaker & Closing Remarks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To be announced