Getting Started


This page explains how to gain access to the online meeting service for the first time.

This is a multi-step process:

  1. The first step is to join our Open Collective. If you’ve not already done that bit, click the ‘Join us’ button at the top of this page, select the option that works for you, and click or tap ‘Join now’. You’ll be taken to the relevant page at where you can make your first contribution. Note that a 15% additional amount is added by default – this is an optional ‘tip’ or contribution towards the operating costs of the Open Collective platform. You can control the size of the tip, that’s your choice.
  2. Once your contribution has been processed you’ll be sent an email acknowledgement from Open Collective. This lets you know to expect a second email from our system, which will provide you with a time-sensitive link to let you set a password for your account. 
  3. When you receive the second email, click the link to verify your email address, and set a password for your account. If you didn’t see the email in your inbox, please check your spam/junk folder. If the time-sensitive link has expired you can get a fresh link sent to you by going here and entering the email address you used on Open Collective.
  4. You should now have all you need – a password (be sure to set a strong one), and a username (i.e. your email address) to log in to any of our online meeting servers. Simply visit one of the ‘Sign in’ links in the menu above to log in to your preferred server (we generally recommend to use the one nearest to you geographically). 

Of course, if you need help at any stage, don’t hesitate to get in touch via