Staying Up-To-Date in IT: What is the Future of Tech Conferences?

Staying Up-To-Date in IT: What is the Future of Tech Conferences?

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a disruptive impact on many industries, but it has also helped to assist with the adoption of new technology too. One area where this is particularly evident is with tech conferences, as individuals and businesses have had to adapt to a world which either discourages or outright bans mass gatherings.

As a result, virtual conferences, seminars and other live virtual tech events have emerged and, by and large, they have been successful. In fact, some of these events have been so successful that people have started to question what the conference industry will look like once the pandemic is over and things return to normal.

In this article, we explore the future of the conference industry and explain why it is important to stay up-to-date.

The Growth of Virtual Tech Conferences

The need to find ways around hosting in-person conferences has led to a dramatic rise in the number of virtual technology conferences being held and, in many ways, this makes a lot of sense. After all, the IT and tech industries should be best-placed to capitalise on any need for technology-based solutions to problems with physical attendance.

As a recent article published by the Scientific American highlights, there have been some surprising benefits associated with the online conference model. For one, it allows organisers to attract a more diverse audience, from wider afield, because people do not have to be able to physically attend the venue the conference is being hosted from.

The benefits extend beyond this too. For those hosting a conference, the virtual route can help to save money and time that would usually be spent on planning and logistics. Some conferencing of this kind has been so successful that you can now attend virtual conference events which discuss how to maximise virtual engagement.

Are Virtual Conferences the New Normal?

The success of virtual conferencing does raise an interesting question: what will the future look like post-COVID and are virtual conferences now the new normal? Can we expect to see virtual conferencing continue, or do in-person events still provide sufficient advantages to see a return to how things were done before the pandemic?

It is worth stressing that there are still some limitations to going the virtual route with conference events. For instance, as has been highlighted in a Nature.com feature on conferences in the COVID era highlights, people do miss out on some of the opportunities associated with networking and having chance face-to-face encounters.

Some technology is also much easier to demonstrate in person, where you can allow people to try things and explain features as they do so. Additionally, with seminars, there can potentially be issues with engagement when using virtual methods. Nevertheless, we would expect the uptick in virtual conference events to continue.

Staying Up-to-Date in the World of IT

The future for conferences looks bright, regardless of how those conferences are actually staged. Clearly, many tech companies and event companies will see the benefits of a virtual conference and wish to capitalise, even once physical conferences are able to be held without the same logistical issues that COVID has created.

At Fifosys, we are determined to keep up with the very latest technology trends and we will continue to assess how conference events evolve as the world comes to terms with COVID and moves away from restricting mass gatherings.

We are also happy to work with organisations in London and the surrounding area, so you can get your IT and network infrastructure fully up-to-date and ready to cope with the demands of virtual conferencing events. Additionally, we can help to make sure you are using the right technology to make the most of these events.

The Last Word

While technology conferences and seminars have faced substantial challenges in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on live events, virtual conferencing has provided opportunities for these events to continue. Not only this, but virtual conferencing has also started to show some unique benefits of its own.

Although it remains to be seen to what extent these virtual events will become the new normal, it is clear that the success stories around will ensure more events are held in this way in the future. At Fifosys, our priority is to keep up with modern trends and make sure our clients are well-placed to capitalise.

James Moss

Technical Director

James Moss