Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SES needed to transform their annual meeting in a fully-virtual format for the very first time, all within a short timeframe and strict budget. Before engaging Morressier’s services, SES had only hosted conferences in an offline format and both delegates and organizers were unfamiliar with a virtual conference experience. As such, SES required a virtual conference platform and conference content workflow solution that was quick to implement, easy to navigate, and that fostered attendee engagement and interaction.
SES engaged Morressier’s software solutions to support the SES Virtual Technical Meeting from beginning to end. SES used Morressier’s workflow tools to manage the abstract and document submission process and virtual conference platform to host live streamed sessions, pre-recorded presentations, interactive features, and a conference content library. The three-day conference featured both live and pre-recorded presentations running in parallel, including an active Q&A section under each session where attendees could interact with presenters.
Morressier’s dedicated customer success team provided conference organizers and presenters with individual onboarding sessions to ensure they were familiar with the platform and had the correct technical setup prior to the event. The team was on hand throughout the entire live conference and acted as hosts for the backstage speakers lounge, where presenters could come together and interact before their session. All conference content was displayed on a dedicated library both before and after the event, increasing conference longevity for SES.
New virtual interaction opportunities
Delegates reacted positively to the virtual conference, despite it being a completely new format. Speakers benefited from an informal backstage area, where they could network with their peers and prepare for their session.
A boost in engagement
Attendees asked dozens of questions in the Q&A section and interacted over 1,500 times with close to 500 conference documents throughout the three-day conference.
A tailor-made conference experience
By making conference posters and presentations accessible both before and after the event, delegates enjoyed more flexibility when planning their conference experience. They were able to revisit research and absorb information in their own time.