Going Hybrid With New Resources

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hybridAs hybrid and digital events become de rigueur, several new studios and services have been created to meet the needs of such gatherings. In many cases, top production companies are helping with such events making sure all feel engaged.

Here are three of this newest ones geared for hybrid and digital events that are on our radar.

hybridAvenida Houston Virtual Studio

In Houston, the Avenida Houston Virtual Studio at George R. Brown Convention Center recently debuted. The 5,250-square-foot, state-of-the-art permanent studio is equipped with a first-of-its kind “catch and kill” biodefense air filtration system that is proven to be 99.8 percent effective at eliminating COVID-19.

“The pandemic has created a number of challenges, but the Houston First team is committed to finding opportunities for safe and functional solutions that will lead the city and the hospitality industry into recovery,” said Michael Heckman, acting president and CEO of Houston First Corporation that operates the convention center. “Discovering new technology, new possibilities, and new partnerships will not only keep our community safe but allow our economy to rebound.” Click here for more info.

hybridMarina Bay Sands, Singapore

Marina Bay Sands has launched a state-of-the-art hybrid event broadcast studio at Sands Expo and Convention Centre. Designed to accommodate a live studio audience with a maximum capacity of 50 persons at any one time, the hybrid broadcast studio – which offers broadcast-quality live-streaming capabilities and hologram functionalities – will act as the central hub for event planners looking to produce hybrid meetings in the new era.

“Hybrid meetings will help enable the return of large-scale events in a virtual manner amid the COVID-19 situation and we want to set the stage for these shows by providing planners with a suite of useful and innovative solutions which are relevant for the times. Our highly advanced hybrid broadcast studio is not only equipped with industry-grade broadcasting equipment and an interactive stage set-up, it will also be maintained with the highest sanitization levels to ensure the well-being of our clients. Marina Bay Sands will continue enhancing the technical capabilities of our broadcast studio and drive greater demand and innovation in the hybrid events scene,” said Paul Town, Senior Vice President of Resort Operations, Marina Bay Sands. Click here for more info.


Convene, the premium meetings, events and flex-office space company, has added new features to its virtual meetings technology that will enable organizations to host world-class meetings and events from any location so teams, customers, and partners can stay engaged from afar. These features are part of Convene’s expansion in offerings towards engaging, tech-enabled meetings and events specifically geared towards a hybrid workforce.

Convene’s new proprietary virtual meetings technology easily allows for meeting and event planners to seamlessly and safely run a virtual meeting with on-demand human support and elevated hospitality-driven virtual offerings, including access to one of Convene’s expert virtual meeting producers for pre-, during, and post-event support.

Convene Virtual Meetings has packages for up to 1,000 attendees and offers custom pricing for an unlimited number of attendees. In addition, Convene can host 500 people and more at all of its locations. Click here for more info.

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