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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
As the ball dropped in an eerily quiet and empty Times Square, many of us were watching from the comfort of home – not dressed up and gathered together like in the days of old (Alright. It was only 365 days ago…but it feels like a century.) As is standard modern practice each January, we kick the past year to the curb and look ahead to the New Year with hope, setting . . .
There’s been a slew of changes in the strange year 2020, particularly here at Centrifuge Media. The pandemic directly impacted what we do and how we do it. The event industry, as a whole, suffered immensely and was forced to rethink its strategies. Our incredible team members at CMI have been nothing short of rockstars, . . .
I think we can all agree that the world has shifted quite significantly in the past few months. From the far-reaching effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the difficult journey of much needed social reform, and the pressures of new economic realities, we are no longer operating under the status quo. The silver lining here is that this may not necessarily be a bad thing for your organization. . . .
It’s safe to say that the business environment and the way we interact with clients and prospects is very different than it was just several weeks ago. In-person contact has been replaced by social distancing, and virtual meetings have become the new norm. We find ourselves moving out of conference rooms and onto platforms like WebEx, . . .