The tightened regulations during the COVID-19 pandemic had organizers cancel and postpone large and small events all over the world. The only meetings, conferences and social calls for that matter that can ensue currently are those moved online. The QODE Brisbane technology conference, scheduled to take place March 24 – 25 2020 in Brisbane, was successfully streamed via YouTube, effectively becoming the first virtual experience of its kind.
QODE Brisbane technology conference is an innovation and technology event, with live and energetic experience focused on delivering inspirational content, targeted at entrepreneurial start-up and investment communities. Almost 5.000 people registered to attend the event and the organizers decided that the show must go on. In the true spirit of the event, the entire QODE programme has been taken online, offering the attendees to view the conference exhibits in a completely new way.
With the support of Visitor Vision, a Brisbane-based VR company, the experience was completely integrated, offering all the action of a convention centre event. Online visitors could take a tour of the expo and visit exhibitor booths, where they could even enter a video chat with the exhibitors.
Kate Jones, Innovation Minister of the Queensland Parliament emphasized “This festival is about showcasing our best and brightest to the world. What better way to achieve that, than by sending the world a message — we have the resilience and the brains to keep this show on the road.”
“These extraordinary circumstances call for innovative solutions and what better way
to ensure this important global event goes ahead than by embracing the latest technology,”
- Brisbane Lord Mayor, Adrian Schrinner
Going a step further in these times of crisis, QODE, with the support of the Queensland Government and the City of Brisbane, was streamed free of charge, while tickets purchased to attend the in-person event were refunded.