After a year of virtual events, surely we’ve learned a thing or two about how to help transport participants glued to their screens to actual physical places and spaces and how to engage their senses. In other words, how to connect digital attendees to the physical world. It seems we have — and we offer the following examples as proof.
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Prepare for Landing
With travel off the table for this tech company’s retreat, organizers created a virtual trip, from snowy mountains to tropical beaches. Passport required. READ MORE
Here’s how Walk/Bike/Places — an event for placemaking professionals — brought virtual attendees “outdoors” for mobile workshops. READ MORE
Austin had been a big draw for 2020 American College of Toxicology’s annual meeting registrants. Organizers needed to figure out a way to bring as much of the destination as possible to an entirely online audience. READ MORE
Airbn-Be Virtually There
Airbnb’s Online Experiences are giving guests a chance to see, touch, and taste new destinations from home. READ MORE
This global virtual event for participants from around the world created a shared experience that felt local at the same time. READ MORE
Virtual Field Trips
Two virtual events are making Richmond, Virginia, central to their education — and diversity and inclusion — programs. READ MORE
Smelling From a Distance
A “see and smell” art tour takes far-flung virtual participants on a fragrant trip into the past. READ MORE
A real-life location in Chicago anchored the Uber Freight Deliver Conference last fall. Here’s how event designers took online participants there. READ MORE
Zoom & Bloom takes virtual participants through a shared sensory experience that may connect them places and times in their lives — and leaves them with a skill for the future and a lasting memento of their time together. READ MORE