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Evolve: the virtual event for planners

The virtual and live event app and matchmaking platform, Swapcard, has launched its first virtual event for the industry, ‘Evolve: The Virtual Event for Planners’.

The virtual event will take place from 12-14 May and will be followed by weekly interactive sessions on virtual event topics.

Evolve aims to provide an opportunity for event planners to discover the attendee experience from registration to networking and streaming during the event.

During Evolve, attendees will hear industry experts discuss crisis communication, how to successfully pivot to virtual, best tools and technology for virtual and hybrid events, what are hybrid events and how to make the most of them and how to monetize sponsors in virtual events.

Attendees will also have access to a community of event professionals, where they can interact, network and share best practices.

Swapcard has released new features on its platform which include integrated video calling for scheduled meetings so that attendees can network ‘fact-to-face’, live streaming of sessions with one or multiple speakers and replay of pre-recorded sessions and audience response tools such as live discussions, Q&As, polls and surveys during sessions.

Simon Foster, ex-CEO of Comexposium and chair of AEO, said: “I don’t know how many years the event industry spent debating whether digital was a threat. It’s obviously an opportunity. The biggest threat is constantly repeating the same, over and over again.”