Kevin Lewis | How Discord can be used as a conference platform

Discord for virtual events - YouGotThis conference story.

Good Monday,

Last week Karina and I talked to Kevin Lewis, Developer Advocate, Vonage/YouGotThisConf:

  • About money and sponsors for a paid online conference

  • If Discord is a suitable tool to run a virtual conference

Main takeaways

  • Sometimes it is fine if a community activates only for a conference and is idle otherwise;

  • Sponsors are happy to explore new online events and pay if they see value;

  • Discord is a good enough tool as a conference platform;


00:40​ - Who is Kevin?
01:35​ - Discord community for a conference
08:40​ - Gaps between the conferences
10:25​ - Money
14:05​ - Networking and moderation
16:20​ - The sponsors
20:30​ - Hybrid events
28:00​ - Money again
34:25​ - Sponsors and metrics
39:45​ - Outro


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Guest: Kevin Lewis

Developer Advocate, Vonage. Also runs lots of tech events including YouGotThisConf. Interested in playable learning experiences.​

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