General NSBE47 FAQs

What are the dates for the NSBE 47th Annual Convention?
The annual convention is scheduled to take place on April 5-9, 2021. The Career Fair will take place on April 8-9, 2021.

What time zone will be used for the event?
All sessions will take place in Eastern Time.

What platform will be used for the #NSBE47 Annual Convention?
NSBE has partnered with Virbela and vFairs.

Will I have the opportunity to communicate with exhibitors?
Yes, you will have the opportunity to chat with exhibitors.

Will I have the opportunity to interview with a recruiter?
Yes, but it is completely up to the employer. You may receive an invite to interview during or after the event, should your qualifications match.

Am I required to attend the full event?
We suggest that attendees take breaks throughout the event. This will help ensure that you do not get overwhelmed with information.

Will the conference content be available on demand?
Yes, sessions will be recorded. Your registration will allow you to access conference content for up to 90 days from the start of the conference.

Will I be able to network and meet other virtual attendees? 
Yes.  Some sessions will be offering live chat discussions and there will be lounges offered throughout the conference for people to meet and discuss ideas and thoughts.

Is Virbela a platform similar to Zoom or Teams video conference?
No, virbela is not a platform similar to Zoom or conference calling.  It is a unique virtual experience, using the downloaded software and a customized avatar to navigate the NSBE campus.

How do I access Virbela?
An invitation to join our campus will be sent to you via email.  Please follow the link to download the software on your computer.

​Do I need special equipment to download the software?
We highly recommend clicking here to access the hardware and software requirements. Note: Virbela is currently not compatible with Chromebooks or Linux based computers. Since the Virbela program is software based, not web based, you may want to reach out to your company/school’s tech support in advance if Firewalls, etc, are a concern.

​Are all of NSBE events hosted on the virtual campus?
The majority of our events will be hosted on our campus. The career fair will be held in VFairs. Additional information will be provided to attendees closer to the event.

​When will I receive my login credentials to access the event?
An invitation will be sent to paid attendees a few weeks prior to the event.

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