Hybrid Events Insight from CMI

The bad news: We’re entering another chapter of pandemic-era event restructuring and there’s going to be a slight learning curve. The good news: We’ve already made it through the toughest part, when we first pivoted from in-person to fully virtual events in 2020. Now, as we enter the hybrid events scene in 2021, we’re more . . .

Healthy Travel Tips in 2021

As events slowly shift back to in-person – hybrid or fully live, it remains important to prioritize the safety and well-being of yourself and those around you. It’s still just as critical, as we all continue to work to stop the spread of COVID-19. Planning ahead, utilizing new technologies and heeding the advice of experts . . .

COVID Protocols By CMI’s Most Frequented Venues

In the United States, many event and meeting planners are navigating the unfamiliar and ever-changing waters of COVID safety protocols as we begin transitioning back to in-person events (thanks, vaccine!). It’s an exciting, but somewhat daunting time. It can be tough to keep up, with U.S. regulations varying by state, county and sometimes even city. . . .

A New Era in Events: The Safety Technician

Centrifuge Media has several face-to-face events on the books for 2021. Can we stop a second here and just appreciate this incredible milestone? Wow. This time last year, the world had already put the brakes on in-person gatherings. It was a nerve-racking time to be in the events industry, which, of course, almost fully relies on the mass gatherings of . . .

Boosting Engagement with Virtual Spaces

Even before the novel coronavirus changed in-person events forever, CMI leveraged virtual reality to present patient experiences in a personal way. Using Oculus headsets, attendees entered the patients’ world. Eventgoers might hear a story about a patient’s diagnosis while exploring their art studio, or watch a college student talk about their struggles in higher education . . .

Ditch the Script: An Ode to Authenticity (Even in Virtual!)

Oh, the temptation. You’re already sitting in front of a computer for a virtual event, why not just write out your presentation or speech word-for-word and have it pulled up on screen? Now you can get away with ‘eye contact’ since your camera is… sort of… where you’re looking. And there’s no worrying about hand . . .

Designing Sets and Spaces You Could Only Imagine Before

There’s a limitless beauty to this virtual world we’ve been forced into. It’s the beauty – literally – of 3D spaces, coming right out of your imagination! Up until March 2020, our 3D Event Designer, Suzanne Tudman, spent most of her time creating renderings of event spaces that would eventually come to life as a live, in-person event. Stages you could walk on, chairs you could sit in, tables to sit at and . . .

A Successful Virtual Event Includes an Emcee

When Centrifuge first called me for an opportunity to emcee a virtual event in late 2020, I was just a few months removed from my nearly 7-year career in television news and was actively hunting for my post-journalism adventure. “A virtual event? Sounds interesting,” I told Jack McDonald and Chris Dahnke over the phone. I . . .

So, You’re Thinking About A Hybrid Event?

Briefly time travel back to March of 2020 for a minute. As event after event was cancelled or postponed, many companies optimistically eyed the Fall to once again be together in-person. We were hopeful. Our clients were hopeful. The world was hopeful it would all be over by then! We know, of course, the pandemic . . .

Congrats to Our 2020 Values Awards Winners

Unprecedented challenges caused by COVID-19 threw a major wrench into the meetings and events industry throughout most of 2020, disrupting the work we’re so passionate about here at Centrifuge Media. But let’s be clear – we didn’t let the pandemic stop us. We adapted. We pivoted. The Centrifuge team sought new solutions to continue on . . .