Gather.Town Guidelines offers a virtual space for conference attendees to interact with other attendees and sponsors. In the virtual space of SIGSPATIAL 2021, you can search a specific person and chat with text or video. You can have a video chat with a person who is close enough with you or with people in the same private space as you. You can also interact with objects in the space. You can use arrow keys for moving around in the space. A shortcut "x" will enable/disable all interactions with objects.

The space for SIGSPATIAL 2021 consists of 8 rooms. Three of them are big rooms: a main foyer as a hub, a bar for social purpose, and a beach with additional social space. Five smaller rooms for the sponsors. All the rooms are connected by portals as is shown below.

Sign in

Please sign in to, with the passcode received from the conference. Then choose your appearance, type in your name, and click "Join the Gathering". If your browser asks for your permission to use microphone and camera, please answer "Allow".

Enable/disable your audio and video

After signing in, you can still enable/disable your audio/video at the right bottom corner.

Change character

Click your Avatar on the bottom menu to change your name and appearance.

Search a person for chatting

You can search a specific person with their name in the "PARTICIPANTS" menu on the left bottom. Once you identified the person, you can use "Locate" to find a path to reach the person or click the "Follow" button to reach that person automatically. You can also drop a message to them and start text conversation.

Video chat

You can have video chat with people around you.

Private space

When you step in a private space, a note will be shown at the bottom with content "You have entered a private space", and the tiles in the same private space will be highlighted. Then you can chat with only the people in the same private space.

Private spaces with tables/chairs

Each table and the chairs around the table make up a private space, and only the people sitting on the chairs around the same table can talk to each other.

Private areas on the beach

There are four big private areas at the beach, and you can walk into any private area to talk with people in that area, even far apart.

Interact with objects

When you approach an interactable object, it will be highlighted. You can then press "x" button to interact with it. An object could be an image, a web page, or an external zoom call.