Invajo event glossary

The event industry is constantly evolving and with this glossary we hope to clarify confusing jargon and concepts. Hopefully it will make you make the most of our systems.

Hybrid event

A hybrid event is a type of event that combines both in-person and virtual elements. It allows participants to attend and engage either physically at a physical venue or virtually through online platforms. In a hybrid event, speakers and presenters may be physically present at the venue, while remote attendees can join the event from anywhere with internet access. Hybrid events leverage technology, such as live streaming, interactive virtual platforms, and video conferencing, to facilitate seamless interactions and connections between in-person and virtual participants. This format offers greater flexibility and accessibility, enabling a broader audience reach and enhancing the overall event experience by accommodating various preferences and circumstances.

When managing a hybrid event, several important factors should be considered to ensure its success and to provide a seamless experience for both in-person and virtual attendees.

  1. Technology and Connectivity: Ensure that the technology infrastructure is robust and reliable. Secure virtual platforms, and professional AV equipment for physical are essential for smooth virtual interactions and seamless live streaming.
  2. Engagement and Interaction: Facilitate meaningful engagement between in-person and virtual attendees. Use interactive features like live Q&A sessions, polls, and virtual networking tools to bridge the gap and create opportunities for everyone to participate actively.
  3. Event Design and Content Adaptation: Tailor the event's content and design to suit both in-person and virtual audiences. Consider how to deliver presentations, workshops, and activities effectively to attendees in both settings.
  4. Dedicated Virtual Team: Assign a dedicated team to manage the virtual aspect of the event. They can handle technical support, virtual attendee assistance, and moderation for virtual sessions, ensuring a seamless experience for online participants.
  5. Clear Communication: Provide clear and detailed information to both in-person and virtual attendees before the event. This includes instructions on accessing the virtual platform, event schedules, and any technical requirements.
  6. Attendee Experience: Focus on creating a positive experience for both in-person and virtual attendees. Ensure that the event is accessible, user-friendly, and engaging for everyone involved.
  7. Networking Opportunities: Offer networking opportunities for both in-person and virtual attendees. Virtual attendees should have the chance to connect with each other and with in-person participants through dedicated virtual networking sessions or platforms.
  8. Accessibility and Inclusivity: Make sure the event is accessible to all attendees, regardless of their location, language, or abilities. Provide closed captioning, multilingual options, and other accommodations as needed.
  9. Data Privacy and Security: Pay close attention to data privacy and security, especially when handling virtual interactions and attendee information. Ensure that the virtual platform and registration processes comply with relevant data protection regulations.
  10. Post-Event Engagement: Continue engaging with attendees after the event. Provide access to recorded sessions and additional resources to both in-person and virtual participants, allowing them to review content and stay connected.
  11. Event Evaluation: Gather feedback from both in-person and virtual attendees to assess their experiences and identify areas for improvement. Use this feedback to refine your hybrid event strategy for future endeavors.

By considering these important aspects, event organizers can effectively manage a hybrid event, create a cohesive experience for all attendees, and maximize the event's impact and success.