Hot List

MAY 2022

What's Hot in Platforms and Tools

Event Platforms

If you’re looking for a shortcut to platform selection, here’s a place to start. The VEG Hot List contains those platforms that we feel excel at a specific mission, arranged in alphabetical order. This is based on an unscientific amalgam of personal experience, published reviews, and feedback from end users like you. The whole online platform landscape is changing rapidly, which is why we frequently update this list by adding and removing candidates, so be sure to check back frequently as you search for the best solution for your events.

Bizzabo is the Swiss Army knife of event platforms. It has plenty of features to measure, manage, and scale events, but its power lies in its ability to integrate with more than 1,900 other apps and services to create the ideal platform for your event. And they offer complete production services themselves from design to implementation.
Thinking BIG? You might want to think about BuzzCast. It is designed to scale, handling multi-day, multi-track events for hundreds of thousands of attendees, while providing excellent security and reliability. And it has features that encourage participant engagement including individual and group networking opportunities.
Hubilo provides one-stop shopping for virtual events, starting with registrations right through to analytics that show participant engagement in detail. It also provides features to encourage participant interaction, such as breakout rooms, quizzes, polls, and chats.

This full-featured platform has hosted events serving nearly a half million participants so far. Its Digital Transformation World Series was recently recognized as the “Best Digital Conference” at the inaugural Digital Events Awards in March 2021.

Scaling for large events is not a problem for Meetyoo; the platform can handle up to 50,000 live participants. It makes it easy to create virtual booths for trade shows, and the platform has robust analytics and gamification features.
From a company that also offers a wide range of enterprise-level services, the Notified virtual events platform offers all the features required for large-scale conferences and exhibitions. Among its clients is the Red Hat Summit that drew 82,000 registrations and more than 56,000 attendees.
ON24 has been a highly successful webinar platform for years, and continues to add features and functions to the platform. One of the recent additions is ON24 Forums which provides video interaction with participants, along with group networking and a range of participant engagement tools.
Designed initially as a way for creators to design interactive galleries in a metaverse, the platform can be used for other events. Personalized avatars can move about freely and interact using audio and video. There is even a free option for events of up to 50 people. Spatial recently partnered with Ready Player Me to accept customized avatars that can also be used in more than 2,000 other metaverse platforms.
vFairs specializes in delivering online job fairs, trade shows and conferences. Users can provide fully branded experiences with custom event landing pages, registration forms, virtual booth templates, webinars, live webinars, digital content management, networking tools Q&As and polls. The company recently added integration with HubSpot for CRM and Cvent for registration support.

Not just for conferences and trade shows, the virtual worlds can be used for education and training, as well as always-on office spaces where remote workers can interact and collaborate.

Zoom has taken advantage of the big boost it received as a result of the pandemic and continues to grow its services. Among the recent changes, it has added Zoom Whiteboard, which supports both synchronous and asynchronous collaboration to allow teams to work together on ideas and projects wherever they are. In another change, Zoom has the free accounts so that both group and 1:1 meetings are limited to 40 minutes.

Hot VEG Tools

We have dozens and dozens of great tools listed here on VEG, but we’ve hand-picked a few that you may want to look at first as you’re planning your event.
These days, we are all struggling with TL;DW (Too Long; Didn’t Watch). We are presented with hours of relevant video content daily, but where do you get the time to watch it all? CLIPr uses AI to reach inside video libraries to extract that content that is most important to you. You can then share these extracts with others. From recaps, to searchable recordings, to complete transcripts, you can get at the content you need faster and more efficiently.
Makes video editing as simple as editing a transcript. It automatically creates a speech-to-text transcript, and then if you delete a section of text, the video is cut to match.
This virtual watercooler app makes it easier to make connections with coworkers and others in a virtual space.
A quick and easy way to set up ticket and merch sales for your event; you can even collect donations.
This service lets you create QR codes for print and online use – including email – to allow people to access your content for download using their smartphone.
VRJAM is a set of tools to allow creators to develop their own animated content and immersive interactive graphics. Currently in beta, it supports the Oculus Quest 2 and Rift S on a Windows PC.