Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) returned to 1 Wimpole Street for their fifth consecutive year, this May they held a two-day annual scientific conference in the 300-seat Guy Whittle Auditorium.

1 Wimpole Street Creates Hybrid Events - AV tech booth

MSF is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation delivering emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare.  Programmes are being run currently in over 70 countries where thousands of health professionals, logistical and administrative staff work.

Presentations were received from MSF staff running projects across the world and healthcare professionals from other organisations sharing their expertise and knowledge.

Here at 1 Wimpole Street, we used our live streaming service to help MSF make the discussions and presentations available to a wider global audience.  In addition to the content being steamed live, it was also recorded therefore extending the life of the event and allowing content to be replayed on-demand at any date, time or location; a particularly useful tool for remote MSF medical teams allowing them to play the recorded content at any time fitting in with their busy schedules and suited to their particular time zone.  This recorded content is also a useful learning resource, a powerful marketing tool for promoting future events and aids the growth of an archive of historical data.

Here is a infographic of what happened during the two day conference showing the affect technology has on creating hybrid events and how the AV and event teams can extend the reach and longevity of a conference or event;

1 Wimpole Street Msf Hybrid Events Infographic Low Res
  • Two day event
  • Attended by 300 on-site delegates
  • 45 speakers
  • 8 sessions
  • 6 sponsors
  • 300 seats in the Guy Whittle Auditorium
  • 6 cameras filming the discussions fixed and roaming
  • Streamed live to 8970 viewers
  • Two translators onsite in our AV booth
  • 192 unique view translated into French and steamed to 35 different countries
  • Screened in 120 Countries
  • Over 4000+ related tweets

The AV team facilitated in displaying and monitoring social media feeds, which played a pivotal role in creating engaging content, lively discussion and receiving valuable feedback before, during and after the conference.  The hashtag, #MSFsci was used which trended number 2.   A member of the MSF staff monitored the twitter feed during the conference and was able to act as an intermediary and feed questions and comments to and from the presenters and delegates.

Delegate feedback and responses have proved the event was a huge success with all areas of event technology, event services and catering running smoothly throughout, this was down to the effective relationship between the MSF event organisers, our events team and the in-house AV team.

Kevin McLoughlin, the AV Manager at 1 Wimpole Street stated ‘We are very proud to host such an exciting global event , assisting MSF to reach their front line workers across 120 countries and via streaming technology bringing nearly 9000 people together with 300 on site attendees – it’s a reminder of why we love working in AV.
From the interactive voting system to feeding the French translation to the live video stream we utilised only the existing in-house AV team and technology at 1 Wimpole Street (supported by our streaming partners Talkpoint). It was two full on days but we were able to share a welcome drink with a very happy client on the Saturday evening and they are already planning more on-line language options for next year’s event.’

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