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CD Congress Centre - a professional congress organizer (PCO) and one of the two congress centres in Ljubljana - has developed new software for online and hybrid events in collaboration with EventsAir.


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OnAir software platform

Switching entirely to the digital environment in the last months has been made possible by OnAir, a platform provided by EventsAIR that has been developing event management technology and software for more than 30 years and is CD Congress Centre professional software partner. CD Congress Centre obtained an international certificate of virtual event management and successfully protocoled the first meetings.

The OnAir platform makes possible to organize any event in the way that it would take place live at a real-life venue, with a difference that attendees can take part in the event from their homes or offices. The tool allows them to organize a meeting comprehensively – from plenary sessions, sections, exhibitions, networking during breaks; conducting surveys and measuring the satisfaction of participants; holding meetings during which the interested parties are connected directly via video, enable dialogue between participants, exhibitors, sponsors and speakers who answer the participants’ questions. It is possible to visit a scientific exhibition, attend a poster presentation and engage in a discussion with the author, or choose some other activity on the conference’s programme. The platform also enables them to organize turn-key congresses, including online registration and applications and processing of speakers’ abstracts.

Best practice case: 8th Slovenian Microbiological Society Congress

One of the first meetings organized using the platform, was the 8th Slovenian Microbiological Society Congress in September 2020 that was held online. To objectively evaluate the platform and the Congress implementation, a survey was conducted among participants and organizers. The scientific committee was impressed by the possibility of setting up the Congress’ virtual platform at a very short notice, of keeping their sponsors and even increasing the number of delegates, which amounted to 300. They were also impressed by how easy it was to use the program.

The speakers experienced no problems with the platform either, as CD Congress Centre provided them with expert guidance, implemented the testing, and offered technical assistance throughout. The platform was praised by the participants (95%), and the vast majority expressed their support for applying the hybrid format also in future. The possibility of lectures recordings being available to the participants in optimal time, as well as after the congress has concluded, was considered the greatest advantage of this kind of meetings.

More info: Ms Maja Vidergar, [email protected]