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Virtual Events Institute launches as a global platform for those in the event industry

The Virtual Events Institute (VEI) has been launched as a global platform to bring those in the event industry together to "educate, discuss, inspire and do business".

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, virtual events and experiences now play a crucial role within the event industry. The VEI aims to provide a platform to discuss virtual and hybrid events and deliver summits, market insights, community networking, certification training and awards. The community will also establish the best practices and innovation for all members.

The VEI will launch with a 10-module certification training course, which will be delivered by subject matter experts, and will focus on the key skills and knowledge needed to excel at planning and executing virtual events.

Co-founder of LinkedIn, entrepreneur and VEI advisor, Eric Ly, said: "I believe there is a great opportunity in the virtual and hybrid approach to events and I am excited to play a key role in advancing the cause."

The 10-module certification course will commence in August and the module content will include how to attract and engage your audience; how to monetise and create new revenue streams; how to create compelling content and maintain audience attention; how to choose the right platform and technology; how to deliver a successful virtual event on the day and more to be announced.

Co-founder and director of VEI, RD Whitney, said: “As innovation evolves us eventually towards a hybrid event future, VEI will become the trusted community of experts to discover, learn and share best practices in the rapidly evolving virtual event industry. The launch of the VEI certification program will set the standard and help raise the bar for virtual event evolution around the world.”

Michael Barnett, co-founder and director of VEI and CEO of InGo, said: “Together the Event Virtualisation Summit and the Virtual Events Institute will advance a new profession who fulfil the new and unprecedented need to bring people together virtually and support bringing people together physically.”

The Virtual Events Institute Advisory Board is comprised of senior global market leaders to ensure that the Institute will continually meet the needs of the market.  These leaders come from the worlds of trade shows, corporate events, HR, investment, sports and media. A full list of advisers can be found on the Virtual Events Institute website.

Co-founder and CEO of the VEI, Sophie Ahmed, said: “The Virtual Events Institute is bringing the global community together to create the future of virtual and hybrid events.  The VEI will provide valuable connections, knowledge and insight for the community to evolve event experiences and the VEI certification program will provide the ideal learning platform.”