Last night at Code for Boston we used a Meeting Owl to host a hybrid meeting for our Urban League Heat Pump Accelerator Group. You can see our setup below:
Why It Matters
Meeting Owl solves three problems:
- Getting in-person folks on camera without having to get everyone into Zoom on their own laptops.
- Provides a good speaker for virtual speakers.
- Provides a good microphone to transmit voice from in-person attendees to virtual.
What is Missing
For hybrid meetings you never have enough screens. I would love to have a hybrid meeting room with the following large screens available:
- The code or slides I am sharing.
- The grid view of virtual participants from Zoom would make a difference in making virtual people feel more present in-person in addition to the primary display that currently only shows the active speaker.
- The Zoom chat, zoomed to view, along with posted links auto-translated into scannable QR codes would be ideal.
MeetingOwl does a better job of solving putting in-person people into the cloud than putting online people into the room.
Never Do This
If you are in a hybrid meeting and a virtual participant, do not keep your camera off. It is hard to tell you are present. Especially if Zoom is set to hide participants without cameras.