Virtually There: Connecting Digital Event Attendees to Physical Places

These digital gatherings connect participants to the physical world, transporting them to real places and engaging their senses and emotions.

Author: Convene Editors       

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Event designers are finding creative ways to transport their digital participants out of their houses and into the world. (Joohee Yoon illustration)

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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Petal Power

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