remote participation refers to good practices for enabling people to take part in IndieWebCamp events at a different location and collaboration across locations.
See Barnaby Walters's blog post on Pros, Cons and a formula for Remote Participation at events.
- Setup a talky.io channel for the camp, e.g. talky.io/indiewebcampnyc or Google Hangouts
For Homebrew Website Club:
- Setup and share a Vidyo URL
For remote participation at events, the built-in camera and microphone on laptops or mobile devices is usually not sufficient. To get a better quality link between locations, a separate camera with a microphone designed to pick up sound in larger spaces is needed.
Minimum for an individual joining a remote event
- laptop with a camera
- typically built-in cameras are not very wide angle so it will be hard to fit everyone in the frame
- built-in microphones are best optimized to pick up a single person sitting directly in front of the laptop, and won't work well for groups
Helpful for an individual
- Headphones/headset with microphone (helps reduce/eliminate echoes/feedback)
For a a room
Helpful for a site/room with multiple people:
- HD webcam, e.g. Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 or C930 (amazon referral link)
- External conference microphone, e.g. Jabra Speak 510 (amazon referral link)
- wireless so you can place it in the middle of a table
- dedicated conference microphones work better at cancelling echos and picking up a whole room
To get better sound from the remote participants, either hook up the computer to a TV and use the built-in speakers, or get some nice external speakers such as the Bose Soundlink Bluetooth speaker.
Alternately a good external speaker/mic for conference will work, such as the Jabra Speak 510.