Worcestershire based conference and events company Opening Doors & Venues (OD&V) hosted its first interactive hybrid event to celebrate 21 years in business and showcase what a true ‘blended’ hybrid event can deliver.
Created as a response to the huge changes that have arisen in the events industry in the past year, the company’s aim was to hold an event to demonstrate how the concept of the ‘best of both worlds’ can be achieved for virtual and in-person guests.
The hybrid event took take place on at venue partner Sixways Stadium, Worcester, home to Premierships Rugby’s Worcester Warriors, and was attended by more than 100 registered guests both virtually and physically.
Hybrid events have become a new offering to Opening Doors & Venues clients from this year. In June 2021, the company teamed up with Meet Cambridge, the official venue finding service for the Cambridgeshire area, and Suzy Howes & Associates Limited, to expand its support for clients and venues in the region with a specialist service focussing on delivering hybrid and virtual events.
The morning event was hosted and presented by Mary Rhodes the Journalist and Broadcaster, who interviewed live and virtual guests including the first British person in space and first British astronaut, Helen Sharman CMG OBE. As a world-class inspirational speaker, Helen shared stories of her life as an astronaut and her exciting space mission 30 years ago (including her 180 gramme luggage allowance), adjusting to life back on Earth and why communication has been so essential in her career.
Participants came from across the globe, from as far as Australia.
Rose Padmore, Director of Opening Doors & Venues Ltd, said: “2021 is a momentous year for us and we felt it was important to do something special, the last 18 months have been very challenging times to
We thoroughly enjoyed working with Sixways who played host to our very special event, their super- fast broadband was an essential hybrid event requirement.”