VEI co-founder Simon Burton hosted the ceremony and presented accolades across 15 categories, kicking off with the Best Virtual & Hybrid Consumer Event and culminating with the Best Virtual & Hybrid Trade Show
The high-caliber award entries were judged by an expert panel of 47 industry leaders, a diverse mix of corporates, associations, exhibition organizers, and agencies, who came together for a combined total of 200-plus hours to determine the winners, runners-up, and those deserving of special merit.
The ceremony featured magician Peter Wardell, a photo booth, prizes, and networking opportunities.
Cvent was the exclusive registration and virtual event platform provider and headline sponsor. Event production partners were Anna Valley, Award Force, ExCeL London, and Pond Ripple Media.
Sophie Ahmed, CEO and Co-founder of VEI said: “We have been overwhelmed by the number of exceptional entries we received for our first VEI Awards. The inspirational and purposeful work that comprises this year’s winners and shortlist is a testament to the adaptability, talent, and teamwork of event organizers and technology providers.
“As virtual and hybrid experiences became an integral and established part of events, it has never been more important to recognize and celebrate outstanding talent, create a forum for education, and showcase leading event technology.”
We have continued to invest in the expectation that there will be more technology-driven requirements from our customers in the future. As a result, we’ve opened a fully immersive, state-of-the-art hybrid event studio and we are delighted to have been chosen to host the VEI Virtual & Hybrid Event Awards.
Jeremy Rees, CEO of ExCeL London
The hybrid studio at ExCeL London was developed in partnership with audio visual and entertainment technology company, Anna Valley, which provided technical support for the award ceremony.
Nick Hart, commercial director at Anna Valley, commented: “It seems fitting that an event designed to celebrate hybrid and virtual event excellence is hosted from a technologically advanced studio set up at a world-leading venue. We’re proud to have partnered with ExCeL London and VEI to deliver these awards.”
Patrick Smith, Cvent senior vice president and CMO, added: “The team at VEI recognizes that the future of events is a blend of virtual, in-person, and hybrid experiences. We are proud to support their mission to educate and support industry professionals as they navigate this new environment where we expect events will be more numerous and more impactful than ever before.”