PDW is the premier training event for public sector Digital Professionals. For more than 60 years, DPI has been providing leading edge learning and networking events. This year’s event promises to provide dynamic opportunities to engage, network, share knowledge, learn and grow. As you continue to build and navigate your professional career, DPI can provide you with essential learning and development opportunities to support you along the way. Want to attend PDW? Discuss your desire to attend with your immediate supervisor and obtain their commitment to approve your attendance.
PDW is planned as a hybrid event. This means that we will have virtual participation via our virtual platform and in-person delegates at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa. DPI and the Shaw Centre will be adhering to all public health regulations in place at the time of the event.
Employees within organizations that have purchased an Enterprise Pass will be eligible to register for an account on our virtual platform at no additional cost. For Enterprise Pass Costing, visit our website.
Note: DPI incurs costs for each registered participant. Please only register if you plan to attend. If you need to cancel, please inform email@example.com.
Please consult our “Registration” page under the “Professional Development Week” section on our website for further details. The preferred method of payment is by credit card but we also offer other alternatives, like Purchase Orders (PO) and invoice. Your organization can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss.
Yes – your department can purchase early and pay with funds from the current fiscal year. The relevant TBS Policy can be found at: http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/pol/doc-eng.aspx?id=14494§ion=text#sec12.2.
No. The pricing for the Enterprise Pass is based on the number of IT employees in the organization, however, employees in any classification connected to information management, information technology, or digital can take advantage of this learning opportunity (i.e. AS, FI, EX, IS, IT, PM, SP, EC, and more!).
Please consult our website’s “Registration” page. On this page, you will find a list of the organizations that have purchased an enterprise pass.
If your organization has registered for an Enterprise Pass (confirmed organizations are listed here), you should receive an email with instructions on how to register for the event platform. If you have not received the email, please keep an eye open in your Inbox for the registration link, contact your organization lead or email email@example.com.
No, it is not included in the PDW event. Each year, DPI holds an annual Gala and Awards ceremony where we recognize the accomplishments of the community and provide some entertainment. Registration for this event is done separately from PDW.
The evening includes presentations of the DPI Lifetime Affiliate, Fellow and Volunteer of the Year awards and the TBS Digital Government Community Awards.
This event is open only to DPI affiliates and invited guests. DPI affiliates can attend for FREE and registration will be done through the DPI Website.
Yes – The social event is included with your passes (virtual or in-person). DPI Affiliates who do not have a pass may also register to attend the social event and take advantage of this networking opportunity.
Yes, there’s lots to be done! If you are a DPI affiliate, we welcome your help before and during the event. You can find additional details here. If you are interested in volunteering for PDW, please complete this form.
We do have one French session. In addition, we will be providing simultaneous translation and closed captioning in both official languages (English and French) for all sessions. Questions can be asked in the language of your choice.
Contact us immediately! If you witness or experience unacceptable behaviour, or have any other concerns, you are encouraged to come forward immediately, either via direct messaging to the host at one of our virtual events or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The sharing of passes is permitted. Even though each pass will be issued in either one person’s name, or with a general organization name, DPI recognizes that there will be situations where managers wish to have their employees share passes even though full attendance is of great training value for an individual. To facilitate this, passes can be left at the PDW registration desk.
Organizations are responsible for determining who will be approved to attend in person. You can find your organizational lead contact here.
Yes, of course. All delegates who are attending in-person are also required to setup an account on the virtual platform which will provide everyone with access to exhibitor booths, gamification and access to recordings after the event. As well, those sharing passes may attend in-person at certain times and virtually other times.
Yes, morning and afternoon refreshments and lunch are included with the in-person pass and provided every day of PDW.
If there are any dietary restrictions, a disability and/or special assistance required please contact Andrea Morelli at email@example.com.
Passes should be picked up at the registration desk. If sharing a pass, you should return the pass to registration so the next person can pick it up.
We will be using the Pheedloop platform. In preparation for the event all delegates should watch Pheedloop’s detailed tutorial video: https://support.pheedloop.com/article/488-training-attendees-for-your-virtual-event
No, you may not share your account but the good news is – you don’t need to because if your organization has purchased an enterprise pass, anyone in your organization can attend at no additional cost! Whether attending virtually or in-person, you will need to register for an account so that you can take advantage of all of the features we have to offer – gamification, surveys, networking, etc.
DPI opposes the sharing of accounts, because:
To ensure the best user experience, it is recommended that you disconnect from VPN and access the virtual platform using either Chrome, Firefox or Safari) on a laptop or desktop with an internet connection of at least 25 Mbps. (Note: Internet Explorer is not supported. Depending on your organization’s firewall rules, the site may be blocked so please test in advance and be prepared to join using a personal device if you encounter problems.)
The PDW virtual platform is WCAG 2.1 Level AA compliant and includes an accessibility widget that can be found in the top right hand corner of the virtual event which allows users to adjust the website’s user interface (UI) and design it to their personal needs.
We are also offering simultaneous translation and closed captioning services in both official languages (English and French) for all sessions.
Build your event calendar – click the + sign by each session name you plan to watch live during PDW and it will be added to your schedule in the platform. Can’t decide between two sessions? Not to worry, most of the sessions will be recorded and available for playback after the event.
In order to receive reminders for your selected sessions, add your selected sessions to your personal calendar outside of the platform by clicking on the “add to calendar” icon located directly below the session player window.
Some presenters will allow us to share a recording of their presentations and slides. You will find this content on the Pheedloop platform for up to 6 months following the event! Videos and presentations can be found within each session. The video will be available in the video viewer once it has been posted.
Unfortunately, for copyright reasons, we cannot share all the presenters’ presentations. However, those that have agreed to share their presentations will be posted within the session, scroll down below the session description and you will find it under Files.
We will be posting tech status updates on our Twitter account: @dpi_canada. See our updates there, or report an issue by tweeting us!
You can navigate the platform in English or French. Simply click on the language icon on the right hand side of your screen.
If you are experiencing issues with the live stream, make sure you are disconnected from the VPN and using a supported browser – Google Chrome is recommended. It is possible that your work has firewall settings that will not allow you to access and therefore you will need to use a personal device.
Ensure you are viewing a session at the date and time that it is expected to be live. The live feed will not begin until the published start time. In some cases, you may have to press play for the live session to begin.
You can try logging out and logging back in to see if that resolves the issue.
Once you are logged into the event, select “Networking” in the menu on the left hand side. You will see a full list of attendees from which you can search. Simply select an attendee, click on their name and “Start Chat”. They will receive a private message from you, which they will be able to respond to. There is also a “Group networking” session where you can participate in an existing group chat or create your own with up to 25 people.
Make sure you complete the matchmaking survey. This will provide you with a list of potential contacts that have similar interests to you.
Once you login, you’ll want to edit your profile under “Account”. Make sure you add a profile photo, update your bio and include your contact information. Make sure you enable notifications so that you receive important announcements and private messages.
This is a Code placed somewhere within, for example, the DPI Website, feedback form, presentation or a Tweet. The Spot Code is a short representation related to what the spot code is connected to, and is typically capitalized with no spaces (numbers may also be used). For example, “DPIREG” may be used within the DPI Webpage under Affiliate Registration.
Some Spot Codes may be issued to you automatically for example, if you ask a question in a session or use the virtual photo booth.
For a full list of eligible spot codes visit our Gamification page.
Each Spot Code has a certain number of points allotted to it. Within the Gamification Option on the sidebar of the Pheedloop platform, enter your code, click on Claim Points, and watch your points soar! Collect as many points as you can. There is a leaderboard to see how your friends and colleagues are doing. These accumulated points can be used for chances to earn prizes.
No, codes can only be entered once per attendee per event. Once entered, you cannot remove the code either.
You can download the mobile app for PDW here.
Unfortunately that is the only thing you cannot do. You can access all features on the mobile app – networking, exhibitor booths, gamification, etc. However if you want to watch a session from your mobile device you would need to log into the virtual platform via your browser – live streaming of sessions is not available through the mobile app.
Corporate sponsorship assists DPI in offering free seminars throughout the year and providing PDW at such a low cost to participants. Our sponsorship portfolio will be more than happy to provide you with the latest information on the benefits of working with DPI. For further details, you can contact our Sponsorship team at firstname.lastname@example.org.