One New Year’s promise planners can count on is that hybridized events have become the driving force in the industry. The Omicron variant poses its own unique threat to in-person events. But the past two years of digital innovation in event tech and event services, along with new partners from outside the industry have prepared us for Covid combat. As meetings and events become more and more hybridized, resources are getting smarter, building software for stronger virtual and in-person connections. Regardless of the present slow waning of the pandemic, these planning resources improve health and event safety and management—for every meeting format.
Cvent has a suite of virtual services to help guide your gatherings. DoubleDutch is an integrated platform that plugs remote attendees right in, making it an ideal resource for hybrid, large-event management, communication and participation. The platform prides itself on its ease of connection, whether you’re attending the live event in person or virtually.
Bizzabo, a tech company powering conferences, launched its comprehensive event management operating system in October. The system functions much like a large platform for organizing your in-person, virtual and hybrid events. In real-time, its AI software keeps meetings and events punctual, engaging and easy to follow. The platform also lets you download your own current favorite event planning apps and digital tools into the system for quick access.
Event tech company Bluewater Technologies has partnered with BELLA Health to bring at-home testing to event attendees, planners and personnel from their mobile phones. Attendees are supplied the tests either through the mail or at a nearby pick-up location and guided through the procedure in the BELLA Health app, where they can then log their results and vaccine information. The app lessens the cost of events for planners and the time it takes to test at the start of events.
This platform is a tool for meeting planners with attendees from all over the globe. MeetingPlay measures audience engagement and behavior and tracks attendance—even when some attendees are behind screens and others in seats. The meeting planning and management platform simplifies hybridized gatherings. And it offers real-time messaging, surveys and translation and more.
Another timely tool developed by Cvent, the Event Diagramming platform is a place where planners can digitally reorganize a space with safety in mind. The platform lets you design your meeting and event spaces according to social distancing laws and recommendations. Planners can even virtually visit the site with 3-D imaging, and set-up designs are shareable across platform with other planners and event personnel.
Thimble’s Event Insurance policy is an accessible, easy, speedy and Covid-safe way to make sure your event is covered in case of the unexpected. Planners can purchase a policy in-app from a mobile device or online. The company provides general liability, professional liability, equipment and commercial property insurance for parties, corporate events and more.
Event Scan is an in-house and mobile testing service that offers both rapid and PCR tests for events of any size. The company’s services are flexible and designed to meet the needs of whatever type of testing is necessary for your event format. Thermal scanning stations are also available for rental.
Another Covid-conscious company is PREVENT, an FDA-cleared and medical grade option for event testing. PREVENT can help planners with temperature screening and on-site testing of attendees and event personnel. It can even provide private aviation options for VIP personnel, such as speakers and performers.