A little later today I am attending a virtual event being hosted by the Centre of Innovation at Leiden University in the Netherlands.
The event is entitled Edtech for Sustainability: designing for digital conferences. In the brief for the event they make this observation:
“There are several urgent matters that drive us to consider digital and other solutions for digital conferences & meetings. The most important are:
● Environment – reducing your C02 Carbon footprint for instance (#flyingless), or reducing food waste and use of plastics, as well as promoting biodiversity
● Inclusivity – making sure the same opportunities are there for young families, marginalized groups etc to participate without high cost
● Academic Work Pressure – reducing the time involved with travelling to various administrative requirements
● Coronavirus and other emergencies – this speeds up earlier necessities for digital collaboration, eg. Hong Kong University is now 100% online after campus closed.”
There is *no question* that the future of events and meetings will be more virtual as mobility is restricted (especially flying) If you have a service offering remember to design with this in mind.