Simonx | 15th May 2020 - 5 min read
Thousands of events have had to be cancelled this year due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Wiki itself has created a list of events effected by the pandemic, which notably include the Summer Olympics, the 21st British Soap Awards, and the Glastonbury Festival to name but a few.
While many companies have decided to cancel or postpone their events many have opted instead to innovate and create virtual conferences.
Earlier this month we exhibited and sponsored the insurance industry’s first virtual conference – The Digital Transformation in Insurance Conference. It brought together European insurers, insuretech, brokers and solution providers.
Attendees were able to explore how to utilise the latest technology that would help them expand their business and foster relationships with insuretech providers.
Is this the future?
So, are virtual conferences going to be the way of the future? We certainly think (and hope) so. There are several reasons for this.
What could attendees expect from such conferences?
The first day of The Digital Transformation in Insurance Conference, speakers discussed the world post Covid-19 and how technology must evolve for businesses and individuals to be able to operate within it. Topics like digital disruption, remote working to support customers and pioneering machine learning AI technologies were also discussed.
On the second day attendees were given several breaks to visit the exhibition and network but then discussions resumed on topics such as ‘How behavioural economics coupled with big data can help insurers’, ‘Paperless solutions for business transformation insurance’ and how businesses could capitalise on the SME opportunity.
Importantly, this virtual conference provided a vital opportunity for networking. As well as having lots of visits to our virtual booth, we also got the chance to hear from lots of fantastic speakers.
However, this is sometimes where attendees still fall short – perhaps because they don’t yet feel comfortable in a digital setting or because they don’t have the right equipment. Setting up a digital office with phones, web cameras, microphones, the right backgrounds and lighting that can capture such experiences is vital. It helps to make interactions more professional.
So, it’s important you set aside time to do this and invest in the equipment as virtual conferences are here to stay. From our point of view – we can’t wait for the next ones.
Simon spent over 10 years programming from behind a keyboard, before transitioning across to management. A keen adrenaline junkie, whether that involves going up the mountain or over the edge of the cliff. He learned his management skills not just in the I.T world but also running youth camps and conferences, helping teenagers find a footing in life. He also really likes pie.