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Special Mini Edition 2020

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REMOTE REMOTE REMOTE REALITY REALITY Considering taking your event virtual? Here's what you need to know. by Laura Bickle Back in March as the COVID-19 crisis was about to be declared a pandemic, the organizers of Collision, the technology conference scheduled for June in Toronto and expecting 30,000-plus attendees, announced that it would go entirely online but return to a face-to-face conference in Toronto in 2021. Within days, it had transformed itself into Collision from Home, with this description: Collision from Home attendees will participate from wherever they are in the world, livestreaming talks from tech CEOs, international policymakers and global cultural fi gures. They'll chat and connect with each other through the bespoke Collision from Home app and they'll engage with some of the world's most infl uential companies and fastest- growing startups…. Sometimes incredible things happen when we get together—whether it's online or off. It's worth noting that the company that runs the conference also has its own very robust technology infrastructure that has run alongside its live events for years. The COVID-19 pandemic is driving many event and conference organizers to look at virtual options. But what if you're not so fortunate as to already have the systems in place? We asked Anthony Vade, an experience architect with FMAV in Mississauga, Ont., for his tips on transitioning a live event to virtual one. 4 | Ignitemag.ca

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