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Meetecho guide for chairs

This guide provides information and a short set of actions for chairs, whether in-person or remote, of sessions using Meetecho conferencing.

This guide has been updated for IETF 114 (2022-07-23)

All session chairs, whether in-person or remote, should plan to join the session they are chairing using the full Meetecho client from the IETF Datatracker agenda page using their own laptop.

The only difference between in-person and remote chairs with regard to using Meetecho will be that in-person chairs should not send video or audio from their own laptops.

Meetecho icons on the agenda

In addition to taking the steps outlined in the Meetecho Guide for Participants chairs should take care to:

  1. Set up for Meetecho
  2. Test your setup
  3. Prepare for your session
  4. Join the session about 10 minutes early
  5. Chair the session
  6. Get help if needed

1. Set up for Meetecho

Meetecho brings together video and audio conferencing, meeting material sharing, text chat, shared notepad capability, and mic queue management.

There is no client to install as Meetecho can be used directly in any desktop WebRTC-enabled web browser. Many Meetecho features are available on mobile browsers that support WebRTC but a mobile-friendly user interface is still in development and screen sharing is not supported on mobile devices. Please note, however, that capabilities may vary depending on browsers and any extensions installed, and some advance preparation may be necessary, depending on your set up.

Meetecho documentation provides additional details.

You are also encouraged to review information about using Meetecho as a session participant.

2. Test your setup

Before joining a group session, you are strongly encouraged to test your setup, especially screen sharing.

As an IETF Working Group chair, you can use the Meetecho Session Scheduler to set up a test session at your convenience. Any string can be used for the “SESSION” field. (e.g. asdf-test). Creating a session in Meetecho only sets up a Meetecho conference and does not automatically create an interim meeting. Not also that during the test session you will not see materials for other scheduled meetings, including sessions at IETF Meetings.

Recordings of test sessions created via the Meetecho scheduler are discarded.

Once you've scheduled a session, you'll be automatically brought back to a webpage that shows all sessions you created for the working groups you chair. This page also provides options to delete sessions and create new ones.

3. Prepare for your session

Some specific steps you can take before your session to help it run smoothly:

Identify a volunteer to be a jabber scribe: This person will serve the usual role of jabber scribe, though that might in practice be more limited during a hybrid meeting.

Identify the minute taker: As with in-person sessions, you will need to identify a minute-taker. The session notepad available via the IETF Datatracker agenda will be used for minutes as usual.

Be sure all presentations and other materials for the session are uploaded to Datatracker: A template of introductory slides is available and may be downloaded in various formats.

Coordinate with presenters in advance about how screens will be shared.

Send any requirements to play video or audio during the session well in advance to support@ietf.org

If both chairs will be remote, you may wish to designate a delegate for the working group who will be at the session in-person. While there shouldn't be any need to be in-person to control Meetecho, it might be useful in case a situation arises with the Internet connection of remote chairs. A designated delegate in Datatracker will be listed as a delegate in the Chair section of the Meetecho participant list and have chair privileges in both Datatracker and Meetecho. Screenshots below show how that is done.

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The session chair checklist might also be helpful.

4. Join the session

Sessions will be open 15 minutes before the scheduled start each session. Plan to join a session at that time to ensure everything is set up.

Meetecho
Meetecho provides a consolidated view of all the tools and information for IETF meeting sessions, including audio and video, session participant list, meeting materials, and a shared session notepad. When joining a session you are chairing, you will automatically join Meetecho in the chair role. Note that while you can join multiple Meetecho sessions at the same time, it is possible to only join any particular session once using Meetecho.

REMOTE CHAIRS

Should:

  • join the session from their own computer using the full version of Meetecho
  • use the usual video and audio features of Meetecho

IN PERSON CHAIRS: 

Should:

  • join the session from their own laptops using the full version of Meetecho.
  • NOT send video or audio as this will be provided by the in-room A/V set up.
  • plug their laptop into the Ethernet drop available at the Chairs table if possible (USB adapters will be available); the IETF meeting Wi-Fi network should work if it is not possible to connect via Ethernet

Note: There is no need for in-person chairs to connect to the in-room projectors; for example, session slides will be shared via Meetecho.

If an in-person chair does not have a laptop they can use for a session, a Chromebook can be requested from the Secretariat in advance or onsite via email to: support@ietf.org.

Additional windows
You may wish to have individual tools open in separate windows. Links to the Web-based shared notepad and the Groupchat for each session are available from the IETF Datatracker meeting agenda.

Check your audio is set up before you join: Audio input and output preferences should be set before joining a session. Using a headset is strongly recommended. Meetecho does not provide an option to join by phone call. The general expectation is that participants will only send audio when recognized by a session chair in the queue.

Manage video: Sending video will be off when joining a session. IN PERSON chairs should NOT send video. Only REMOTE chairs are encouraged to send video.

5. Chair the session

Bluesheets to collect meeting participation: will be automatically generated based on IETF Datatracker information so there is no need to do anything further after you’ve begun the session.

Further details about queue management and other chair features are available in the Meetecho documentation and session chair video.

Sharing slides: There are several options for sharing slides and coordinating in advance with the sessions presenters. You may need to press the "reload" button in the meeting materials view of Meetecho client to see recently uploaded presentations.

Meetecho allows presentation of slides pre-loaded into the IETF Datatracker for the session by clicking the “Ask To Share Slides” button just below their name. 

Individual meeting participants also can share their screen/application windows using the “Ask To Share Screen” icon just below their name. (Please note the required system settings if using macOS.)

6. Get help if needed

For sessions during hybrid meetings where no chairs are expected to be onsite, chairs may wish to consider designating someone who will be in the meeting room to act as delegate. There is no expectation that any in-room intervention will be required to chair, however if there are issues with a remote chair’s connectivity, for example, it may be useful to have a backup onsite.

This first requires having a conversation in advance with the designee so they can be ready to step in as chair, if needed. Once agreed, that designated person should be assigned as a delegate for the relevant group in Datatracker. This will provide them with full chair capabilities in Meetecho (as well as in Datatracker).

They should plan to sign into the session using the full Meetecho client (again, *not* sending audio or video, and turning off audio output on their device). Those individuals will appear in the “Chairs” section of the Participants list in the Meetecho interface with the role of “Delegate” beneath their names.

If you run into trouble setting up for an IETF meeting using Meetecho, or would like additional information, you are encouraged to email support@ietf.org.