Welcome to Gather! 

The Gather link will be emailed to you 1 week prior to the event

 

Gather is a wonderful new tool for getting to both explore and chat with other people. It is also a very new tool and has a few quirks. This document is to help you with the basics so you can discover and play on your own.

 

What you need:

  • A desktop/laptop with a mic and camera.

  • A web browser (Chrome or Firefox recommended).

  • We strongly recommend using headphones to help prevent feedback.

  • That’s it! There’s nothing to install, no software to download.

 

How it works:

  • Gather is a video chat platform that has avatars move around a map. As you get close to other avatars, your videos will pop up and you will be able to chat.

  • Move around the space using the arrow keys.

  • By moving your avatar around you can have spontaneous conversations with those around you. These can be either one-on-one or small groups depending on how many people are around your avatar.

  • When your avatar moves closer to an interact-able object, it will glow yellow and there will be a notification that shows up saying ‘Press x to interact with -object-’. This can range from informational flyers, playable arcade games, integrated Zoom meetings, and more!

 

Not-So-Obvious Features:

Here are some things you might find useful but aren't immediately obvious.

  • There is a messaging feature that allows you to message people in four ways:

    • individually by clicking on their name in the participant panel,

    • locally to the people you are video chatting with,

    • room chat (must be requested) with all the people in the current room you are in,

    • globally to all the people in your map.

  • There is a locate feature to find others by clicking their name in the participant panel. The participant panel is the bottom-mot option in your toolbar on the left.

  • Interaction distance is also sometimes altered by designated private spaces. This allows conversations to only include people inside that space.

  • Want to full screen someone else’s video? Just click on their video.

  • Talking to a group of people? Click the down arrows centered below the videos to shift into grid view.

 

Technical difficulties:

  • Refreshing the page will fix most things! If that doesn’t work, try muting and unmuting your mic and camera in Gather.

  • Check if your browser permitted camera and mic access

  • Additional troubleshooting at https://gather.town/video-issues

Conference Contact:

wids-cambridge2021@mit.edu

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