With a focus on ease-of-use, XBIZ Miami's debut Virtual Business Lounge is based on an interactive platform designed to make networking both intuitive and fun.

1. First Things First!

  • You must register for XBIZ Miami prior to the event to receive access. Register here (you must have an active XBIZ.net account).
  • Use a desktop system only. Mobile and tablet devices are not supported.
  • Chrome browser required. If you don't already use it, download and install it.
  • Test your webcam and microphone using any meeting app such as Zoom.
  • To minimize background noise/echo, use headphones or a headset.
  • If you are using Wi-Fi, confirm your connection is at least 1 mbps. Test speed here.

2. Accessing Virtual Lounge

  • A special ACCESS LINK will be emailed to XBIZ.net members who have registered for XBIZ Miami the morning of Monday, August 24. If an email does not arrive, be sure to check your 'Junk' folder.
  • Click the ACCESS LINK and you will be taken to a signup page.
  • In the FULL NAME field enter your desired name. You have the option to include a company name in parenthesis. Example: Jessica (Sweet Flix)

3. Getting Situated

  • Immediately after log-in, turn on your audio output, microphone and webcam by clicking the three icons at the bottom-right corner of your screen. All three icons should be GREEN.
  • For privacy purposes, your webcam and microphone will turn off each time you join a new table/lounge. If you prefer to keep your webcam and microphone active, click the white circle on the top-left corner of your screen and switch on 'Remember VA Settings.'
  • To upload a photo for your PROFILE IMAGE, click the white circle in the upper-left corner of your screen and select UPDATE PROFILE.
  • Depending on how early you arrive, you will either be automatically placed on the right-hand side of the Virtual Business Lounge map or in one of the available lounge "seats."
  • To zoom in and out of the map, use mouse scroll. To move around the map, click mouse button and drag.

4. Time to Network!

  • Double-click any empty seat on the map to join a table/lounge. Multiple users joining a table/lounge automatically enter group video chat.
  • To text chat with attendees, click the Chat icon on the lower right-hand side of your screen. Select SPACE CHAT to chat with everyone present at the event. Select ROOM CHAT to message users sitting at your table/lounge.
  • Use the Chat window search bar to look up an attendee by name or company.
  • To send a direct/private message to another attendee, right-click the user.
  • To enlarge the video feed of meeting participants, click the 'Tile' button on the bottom-left of your screen. Click 'Return to Map' to switch back.
  • To stop sound notifications, click the white circle on the top-left corner of your screen and select 'Mute join room sound.'