The Virtual Experience


NWRD Virtual Platform is powered by Accelevents

Accelevents allows registrants to enter the Virtual Hub 30 minutes prior to the live event. 

We thought you might want an earlier preview of how the virtual platform works.

Read through the TIPS for your BEST VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE.

Scroll through the 5 VIRTUAL ROOMS below to see key features.

TIPS for your BEST



  • For stability and security, Chrome is the preferred web browser for this Accelevents® virtual platform. Be sure to update your Chrome browser to the latest version: 

  • Download latest version here: >>

  • Be sure your internet has adequate bandwidth for best video streaming and downloading. An internet speed of 25-30 Mbps should be sufficient for you (or, between 50 and 100 Mbps if you are broadcasting from home with a few others using the same internet source).

  • The following is a good summary article from our tech support: >>

  • You can check with your internet provider for a speed test, or use one of the following links:

  • Ensure the video and audio quality are working well on your computer

  • If possible, connect directly to your router via Ethernet cable for the fastest streaming speeds. If you are using use Wi-Fi, minimize the impact of other devices by ensuring that no one else on your Wi-Fi is streaming videos or downloading large files during the virtual conference

  • Boost your Wi-Fi strength by sitting close to your router, with as few obstructions between you and your router as possible (e.g. walls, microwaves, TVs, etc.)

  • Consider earphones if it's more conducive to your listening environment


Preview our 5 Virtual Rooms:

  • Click on the side arrows to scroll through the rooms of the Virtual Hub

30-Minutes Early on Event Day:

  • NWRD is broadcasting LIVE from Pacific Time Zone - This is especially important if you live in a different region

  • Login to the virtual event 30 minutes early (7am) to familiarize yourself with the virtual layout - Note: the platform allows entry only 30 minutes prior to event.

  • You must use your registration email address to create a password.

  • Once you are in: 

    • set up your profile, including a headshot photo, short bio and contact info 

    • download / print handouts 

    • read speaker bios, browse library lounges 

    • briefly check out the Expo booths (there'll be plenty of time to return to these for more engagement)

    • meet-up with other attendees!



  • Engage in live polling, live Q+A, videos, downloads, and web links with the Speakers, e-Exhibitors, and e-Poster presenters

  • Try to keep your questions concise - If your questions aren't covered in the allotted time, they will be forwarded to the presenter for a post-conference response

  • Visit the Expo Booths to interact with Exhibitors and Poster Presenters at breaks between the speaker presentations and during the Virtual Happy Hour Exhibits on Thursday evening

  • You'll automatically be enrolled in the platform's  'EXPO Challenge' -- the more you engage and network in the Expo booths during the two days, the more points you earn, for a grand prize at the end of the conference (see EXPO Challenge Rules)

  • Remember to periodically get up and move as you listen and watch the presentations

  • Professional Tech Support will be on deck - visit the NWRD Help Desk booth inside the EXPO Hall if assistance is needed during the event


  • Use the password given at the end of the conference to login to NWRD website to complete the Evaluation form - 

  • After clicking the submit button, you'll be automatically directed to the CPEU certificate page, where you can download / print the certificates you've earned

  • Registration fee includes the following, based on the conference day/s you purchased:

    • Contact information of Speakers, Poster Presenters, and Exhibitors 

    • 90-day post conference recordings of speaker presentations


  • Plan on e-Networking with other attendees!

    • e-Networking can enhance your learning experience by sharing best practices, discussing what you learned, and exploring recommendations for your practice

  • Attendees should login 30 minutes early on event day to create your profile, including headshot photo, short bio, and contact information

    • This way, attendees will be able to search online for each other to meet-up, video chat, or text during the virtual event!

EXPO Challenge:

The virtual platform has an EXPO Challenge feature, which  enhances attendees' experience during the virtual event. Attendees will be awarded points for interacting with Exhibitors and Poster Presenters. The top three attendees with the most points at the end will receive a prize!



Attendees will be enrolled in the EXPO Challenge automatically, and winners must earn a minimum of 50 points. The interactive point system is shown below. The Challenge begins on Thursday at 7am and ends on Friday at 3pm. Watch the leaderboard in the Lobby to see who is winning along the way. Winners will be announced at the end of the conference.

  • Visit = 5 points

    • Gain 5 points by entering an Exhibitor Booth

    • Must stay for at least 60 seconds for points to apply

  • Re-visit = 1 point per each additional visit

    • Gain 1 point by re-entering an Exhibitor Booth 

  • Click Link = 5 points 

    • Gain 5 points when you click on a link inside a booth

  • Download = 5 points per download

    • Gain 5 points per download of booth's documents

  • Watch Video = 10 points

    • Gain 10 points by watching a video inside the booth

    • Must watch for at least 30 seconds for points to apply

  • Chat = 20 points

    • Send a message in the exhibitor's booth chat or a direct message to one of the booth's staff members

    • Will only be triggered once per exhibitor booth

  • Request a Meeting = 20 points

    • Request a meeting with the Rep for 20 more points

    • Will only be triggered once per exhibitor booth


  • Registration refunds are not available

  • For Canadian registrants, CAD$ exchange rate will be added to ticket price at checkout

Get the most from your 2021 NWRD Annual Conference Virtual Event


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