Case Study: The Royal Statistical Society (RSS)
Annual International Conference, Manchester (UK), September 2021
Following a successful first virtual conference in September 2020, the RSS asked for our help to create a hybrid or “blended” version of conference to ensure that conference remained accessible to all members as COVID19 and resultant pandemic restrictions remained in place.
- What we did
2020 marked one of the earliest fully-virtual conferences to be hosted on the platform and a first for RSS, attracting the highest number of First Time Attendees ever. In 2021, the decision was made to go ahead with the conference in a live iteration but to stream some content to an online/remote audience. RSS were careful to coin the phrase “blended conference” – not hybrid – to increase the sense of inclusion and for remote attendees, choice.
- What we delivered
We deployed Virt-US live as a platform to host live streamed content from our main plenary plus one more dedicated room. We streamed out from the conference centre to a remote audience and, conversely, facilitated remote speakers on the platform.
We worked with the team at Manchester Convention Centre to make best use of in-house kit and crew. Our Head of Production took the role of Show Caller for all the live content delivered from the plenary stage and to knit the content together and make a watchable show.
Most importantly, our Digital Project Manager worked with the staff at RSS to promote the networking opportunities available on the platform to drive meetings and conversations and engagement with exhibitors and sponsors.
We delivered speaker management and support to all speakers alongside 24/7 person-led online support (and encouragement) to those joining remotely and many for the first time. Over 5 consecutive days we streamed content onto the platform for the benefit of over 350 attendees in the venue and a further 150 attendees from around the World.