Huge spike in virtual events puts tech companies at the forefront of a Covid-19 sector recovery

A Melbourne based event technology company has seen incoming inquiries spike 800 per cent in the past two weeks as clients postpone or cancel their plans due to Covid-19 government restrictions.

Iconic Live is adapting face-to-face events into virtual events with its Delegate Connect technology, turning one client’s 2000 delegate, 300 presenter traditional conference completely virtual in just three days.

“The cancellation of so many events and conferences means that there are hundreds of thousands of industry professionals looking for work,” said managing director Jordan Walsh.

“At the same time, many organisations will still need to run their events and are looking for a solution that meets the physical distancing requirements. Our solution, Delegate Connect, bridges these two needs.”

The solution is of particular relevance to professional associations, which are required to deliver educational opportunities to their members, according to Walsh.

“We need to ensure that our professionals remain up to date with relevant knowledge and skills about their service to support their customers, clients and community during this already uncertain and unstable time,” Walsh said.

Another market that is taking advantage of the capabilities of Delegated Connect is companies who want to continue to run their conferences throughout the year for their staff and stakeholders.

“For large organisations seeking to go beyond the standard webinar, we are now managing their virtual conference from start to finish,” he said.

“We have a lot of corporate companies that used to run face to face conferences for 100-1000 delegates and now we are delivering these conferences virtually for them.

“Two years ago, we set out with a goal to develop a toolset that allows conferences to be delivered virtually. Little did we know just how important this toolset would be in 2020. We hope that our technology helps keep the industry moving through this difficult time.”