There is no doubt that events and conferences, both at a professional level and in the business world, as well as for the education and academic sectors, have an uncertain future because of the health crisis that has hit 2020, to indicate some things that will have to change in the future.
One of these will be conferences and events, as well as large classes, and any activity that requires several people to come together. No matter how much the virus is overcome over time, this crisis has served to make us realize that the world that awaits us must have unquestionable standards of hygiene and precautions regarding social distance.
That is why, at the moment, everyone is wondering about the changes that this situation will bring about with regard to the workplace and the place of study. The answer is undoubtedly through online assistance in virtual environments.
The passage of time and research has led to these platforms being refined enough to become good alternatives for holding meetings from now on.
In addition to being a health and hygiene measure, they will undoubtedly be beneficial to the environment by not requiring travel or the use of vehicles to get to the event or workplace where the conference is held, thus also helping those people who have limited mobility.
If they can’t do physical events, company managers move them to the virtual
In a market where physical events such as conferences, talks or lectures, as well as classes at school and university level have had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19, the industry is looking for alternatives so that the activity can resume its normal course as soon as possible.
At the moment, therefore, there is a peak in consumer demand for virtual worlds that can replace the experiences that were once enjoyed surrounded by people.
We are at a unique moment in history, when the majority of the population is aware of a problem, and that it needs a solution. And now, more than ever, they are open to try new experiences with virtual platforms for their education, work or leisure.
Faced with a new reality, people are aware of the importance that virtual worlds will have in the future
Last February, the city of Barcelona suffered a hard blow. The Mobile World Congress was cancelled out of caution, in view of the worrying news coming from China and Italy about the Covid-19 crisis. As a result of the pandemic, thousands of acts, events and congresses have been cancelled all over the world. And this situation has created an interesting debate: are we witnessing a change of trend when it comes to holding events or will it be something temporary?
The world has changed with the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic. Or at least, many things may change in our society from now on. One of them is the way in which we will design and carry out the congresses and events planned for the coming months and early 2021. The measures of isolation and the impossibility of travelling have led to thousands of suspensions of lectures, talks and conferences. In fact, the experts announce that we will not be able to return to the old normality in our lives until a vaccine against the coronavirus is obtained.
For that reason, many companies have already begun to think about a virtual scenario to be able to undertake the projects they had in mind in the field of event organization, as well as many educational entities are seeing how they can adapt their teaching models to a virtual and online world.
After the cancellation of the Mobile Congress, some firms opted for streaming in order to be able to bring their advances and new products to their clients and the general public.
But there are companies that offer technological platforms to be able to face an even greater challenge: to hold a large congress, enter a trade fair or attend a large conference without having to leave home.
The SimlabIT technology platform offers fair organizers from all over the world to create a virtual 3D version of their event so that companies can continue to attend – through their devices – that event within a secure digital environment.
The VR to cope with the new normality
This 3D virtual allows a person from their home or workplace and, through an avatar, to tour a trade show, take a course, participate in a conference or register as an attendee at a congress. This technology allows to interact and communicate by voice with hundreds or thousands of avatars simultaneously and in real time, moving in that virtual space, exchanging documents and sharing information. In addition, attendees can enjoy the live presentations and talks.
The use of this type of virtual events has positive aspects such as the reduction of costs and time; the expansion of the geographical area of participants; the contribution of environmental sustainability; the union of work and fun and, finally, the large amount of controlled data that is handled from the beginning to the end of the event and that the client can receive.
Evidently, the situation created by the Covid-19 has made the interest of the companies in this type of technology rebound and that they consider very seriously to face new events under the support of this system. In fact, there are already some examples of the initiation of these techniques to interact without risk and with absolute confidence. Some toy brands are creating virtual birthday parties to connect with consumers and cultural entities have used these tools to continue reaching the public with virtual visits to museum spaces, musical concerts or to attend literary gatherings. The debate is already underway and the future will tell whether this concept of holding events, supported by technology, will prevail or will be just another tool in the companies’ decision-making palette. Common sense indicates that the realization of events will combine the real presence with the virtual one, according to the needs and priorities of each client.
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