How to Host a Hybrid Conference
Since the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen a significant shift towards hybrid and remote ways of working. Even though the pandemic has passed, we are seeing the trend continuing, thanks to increased job satisfaction and companies with flexible remote work policies outperforming their in-office counterparts. Whilst conferences may seem like a strictly in-person event, the rise of hybridisation in the workplace has shone a light on wider possibilities. Hosting a hybrid conference doesn’t impact the experience of in-person attendees, whilst providing the opportunity for anyone in the world to attend an event anywhere at any time.
We’ll be exploring what a hybrid conference is, how it works, how you can host one, and why you should host your hybrid conference at Christie Spaces.
What Is a Hybrid Conference?
Thanks to technology and a change in perceptions surrounding hybrid and virtual events, the hybrid conference has grown in popularity. Seamlessly blending in-person and virtual experiences, a hybrid conference allows attendees to take part either physically or remotely. Having the opportunity to have face-to-face networking opportunities remains a benefit that is exclusive to in-person events, but with consideration, event planners and managers can look to improve the engagement that virtual attendees can have at a hybrid conference.
Hosting a Successful Hybrid Conference
When planning a hybrid conference, not only do you need to ensure in-person logistics are met, but you also need to seamlessly blend the best of both physical and virtual worlds. Whatever venue you choose, it needs to be equipped with state-of-the-art technology to support virtual elements, and you also need to consider the accessibility of the venue for both in-person and virtual attendees.
By leveraging technology to bridge the gap between on-site and online engagement, hybrid conferences can allow remote access for participants from anywhere in the world through virtual presentations, webinars, live-streamed sessions, as well as interactive online features such as Q&A sessions and chat forums. Considering the type of conference, those who will be attending, and the desired outcome, you can look to craft a successful hybrid conference that is as beneficial for those attending virtually as it is for those attending in person.
Why You Should Host a Hybrid Conference at Christie Spaces Conference Centres
At Christie Spaces, we regularly host conferences at our centres across Australia. We have prime locations in the CBDs of Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, making your event accessible and convenient for both local and international participants. With state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment and high-speed internet connectivity, we can ensure a seamless hybrid experience. Depending on the goals of your conference, our versatile spaces can be adapted for your needs, whatever the size and format of your event. Thanks to our experience hosting events, our expert event coordinators at Christie Spaces provide personalised assistance in planning and executing your hybrid conference, ensuring every detail is taken care of.
Whether it’s organising catering for your in-person attendees or advising how you can make the most of your event for virtual attendees, we’re here to support you. Additionally, we offer dedicated technical support throughout your event, guaranteeing a smooth and hassle-free experience for both organisers and participants.
Creating a hybrid conference can help to set you apart from your competitors, offering accessibility to anyone in the world. Not only can you showcase your openness to new technologies, but you will also be broadening your pool of potential attendees, helping you to achieve whatever outcomes you’re hoping for. If you’re looking to host a hybrid conference, get in touch with the Christie Spaces team today for more information, to get a quote, or to make a booking.
In addition to conference centres that are capable of hosting both in-person and hybrid conferences, we also have flexible working solutions. With a range of offerings available from hot desks to part-time offices, short-term offices, and private offices, as well as meeting rooms, training rooms, and virtual offices, we can accommodate any request that you might have.