According to many of the guests, speakers and participants at Housing Technology 2021 at the start of March, the first live broadcast of our annual conference and executive forum raised the bar for how digital events should be run.
“BEST EVER DIGITAL CONFERENCE!”
Hosted by George Grant, Housing Technology’s co-founder and CEO, and Emma Birchley, the national television news correspondent often seen on Sky News, from a broadcast studio in Bracknell, Housing Technology was streamed over two days to over 450 people around the UK and abroad.
“ONE WORD – SLICK!”
The event opened with Midge Ure OBE, Ultravox frontman and co-organiser of LiveAid, talking about the trials and tribulations of setting up LiveAid in a pre-digital era and how the power of the internet can be harnessed for the common good. The second day of Housing Technology 2021 began with an absolute masterclass in the importance of data in all its forms from ‘practical futurist’ Andrew Grill. Unlike some other ‘high flying’ keynote presentations, many of the guests remarked on the day-to-day applicability of his experience and advice regarding how housing providers should be using data more cost-effectively, safely and, above all, intelligently.
“ALL I CAN SAY IS, WOW!”
Over 40 subject-matter experts from housing providers and technology companies streamed their presentations to the Housing Technology 2021 audience over the two days of the event, each followed by online Q&A sessions via our digital broadcast platform as well as ‘in talk’ comments and discussions for added interactivity.
“A MASTERCLASS IN HOW TO RUN A STREAMED EVENT!”
Our annual event’s normal physical exhibition stands were transformed into ‘digital booths’ where guests could talk to and network with the event’s sponsors, combined with topic-specific networking areas and a general chat stream for ‘informal mingling’ within our digital broadcast platform’s central ‘foyer’, all with the aim of recreating the chance encounters and serendipitous meetings that have come to characterise our annual conference and executive forum.
“A BRILLIANT EXPERIENCE!”
We would like to give a truly heartfelt thanks to everyone involved in Housing Technology 2021 –speakers, sponsors and guests alike. Everyone was very willing to embrace this new way of doing things – everyone’s collectively openminded attitude paid dividends for all and encapsulated the very essence of the Housing Technology community.