Médecins Sans Frontières and 1 Wimpole Street go hybrid

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) recently returned to London venue 1 Wimpole Street for a fifth consecutive year for a two-day annual scientific conference in the 300-seat Guy Whittle Auditorium.

The international humanitarian organisation runs programmes in 70 countries and presentations were received from MSF staff running projects across the world and healthcare professionals from other organisations sharing their expertise and knowledge.

1 Wimpole Street used its live streaming service to help MSF make the discussions and presentations available to a wider global audience.

The content, as well as being steamed live, was also recorded, allowing content to be replayed on-demand at any time or location; a useful tool for remote MSF medical teams.

An infographic also reflected the main points of the conference, showing the affect technology has on creating hybrid events.

The, #MSFsci hashtag trended at No.2.

The venue’s AV Manager, Kevin McLoughlin told CN: “We are very proud to host such an exciting global event, assisting MSF to reach their front line workers across 120 countries and via streaming technology bringing nearly 9,000 people together with 300 on site attendees – it’s a reminder of why we love working in AV.

“From the interactive voting system, to feeding the French translation to the live video stream, we utilised only the existing in-house AV team and technology (supported by our streaming partners Talkpoint). It was two full on days but we were able to share a welcome drink with a very happy client on the Saturday evening and they are already planning more on-line language options for next year’s event.”

Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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