Digital Events

Best practices and case studies for pulling off exceptional virtual and hybrid meetings.

Big Screen, Small Screen: The Toronto International Film Festival Goes Hybrid

Convening Leaders 2021 speaker Cameron Bailey explains how organizers turned an international film festival into a record-breaking hybrid event.

BY Kate Mulcrone January 15, 2021

Meeting the Challenge of Hybrid Events

Hybrid meetings ask for more from planners, like finding ways to replicate the energy of in-person meetings for virtual audiences — and in multiple time zones.

BY Kate Mulcrone January 13, 2021

Making the Most Out of Their ‘Pandemic Pivot’

Convening Leaders speaker Daphne Hoppenot launched her online event marketplace, The Vendry, less than a year before the pandemic. In her session, she recaps how she built the startup and how the 7 Change Actions to Transformation guided her team when forced to change course.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst January 11, 2021

An Exercise in Expanding the Life of Event Content

In an interactive, on-demand Convening Leaders session, participants will gain insights about getting more value from event content. 

BY Casey Gale January 11, 2021

Attendees at This Virtual Event Wanted All Work and No Play

Though the International Association of Forensic Nurses offered moments of interactivity throughout its 10-week virtual event, attendees were primarily focused on acquiring continuing education credits.

BY Casey Gale January 6, 2021

Lessons Learned From Planning Singapore’s First Hybrid Event

Journalist and Web in Travel (WiT) founder Yeoh Siew Hoon on why events should tell a story, the benefits of starting at square one again, and why organizers should share their successes and failures.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst January 4, 2021

How AI Is Changing Our World

As artificial intelligence (AI) penetrates more aspects of our lives, it’s important to remember our human role to reinforce empathy and governance, says Ayesha Khanna, head of AI company ADDO AI, and Convening Leaders Main Stage speaker. 

BY Jennifer N. Dienst December 23, 2020

Peter Hinssen Wants You to Embrace the ‘Never Normal’

2020 was all about adapting to “the new normal.” But Convening Leaders speaker Peter Hinssen said we need to anticipate the “never normal” — a reality where change is constantly triggered by “seismic shocks” like the COVID-19 pandemic.

BY Casey Gale December 23, 2020

Don’t Neglect Those ‘Vomit-Bag Moments’

“Everything is up for grabs” in the business events industry, said ECEF keynoter Julie Cottineau, who shared in her session how to use a “twist” approach to rethink how to engage attendees, sponsors, and exhibitors in the new normal.

BY Michelle Russell December 22, 2020

Vaccines Give Events Industry a Shot in the Arm

Just as the COVID-19 vaccines began rolling out, we asked December Recovery Dashboard survey respondents, both planners and suppliers, if they’re feeling more hopeful — and if the news has changed their plans for the coming year.

BY Michelle Russell December 21, 2020

Our Picks for the Business Event Trends of 2021

The editors of Convene looked back over 2020, asking this question: What’s one meeting and event trend on my radar in 2021?

BY Convene Editors December 21, 2020

Webinar: How to Develop Metrics, Track and Analyse Data at Digital Events

Supported by TCEB, join us and learn how you should develop the right data metrics for sponsors and partners of your digital events. Also, what are the questions to ask of the event platforms to ensure you receive the data at the completion of your digital event thereby creating more value for your event stakeholders.

BY Jennifer Kingen Kush, DES December 21, 2020