One return flight for an in-person conference (for example, from London to Los Angeles) emits more CO2 than an average person produces in a year. RemotelyGreen is a virtual networking platform with big ambitions to establish a greener and better-connected world, where collaborating remotely is the obvious choice.
The RemotelyGreen project was started by a team including SSI Fellow Ben Krikler in October 2019 - before the COVID-19 pandemic hit and forced many people to begin working remotely. The pandemic has highlighted both the good and bad of online events. On the good side, RemotelyGreen’s research projects suggest they can be 96% greener, two to five times faster, 10 times cheaper, and generally more inclusive. But they’re far from perfect - from a survey of 333 people, it’s clear that the social dimension of events is often lost when going online. That’s where RemotelyGreen’s networking platform comes in - it recreates the chance to meet new contacts and reconnect with old ones at online events.
RemotelyGreen was selected as one of 27 projects by the Circular Economy Incubator 2020 programme and was awarded a flash grant by the Shuttleworth Foundation in May 2020. Organised as a hybrid organisation with both non-profit and for-profit arms, their work addresses five of the UN's Sustainable development goals: Decent Work & Economic Growth, Reduced Inequalities, Responsible Consumption & Production, Climate Action and Partnerships for the Goals.
A key missing ingredient of online events is the ability to make new connections. At an in-person event you have that natural spontaneous interaction, for example when you bump into someone in the coffee queue or as you leave the meeting room. The RemotelyGreen company’s speed networking platform is live and looking for beta testers to give feedback on the user interface (UI), user experience (UX), privacy, security, accessibility and general functionality.
Anyone can create an event for free for up to 15 colleagues, friends or family to join. Just go to: https://app.remotely.green/ and click the “create” button to start. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any feedback or questions!
RemotelyGreen at CW21
RemotelyGreen will be sponsoring a social hour ahead of Collaborations Workshop 2021 (CW21) on Monday 29 March from 17:00-18:00 BST for participants to connect, network and socialise. To find out more information and to register, please visit the CW21 website.