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Hybrid Events Frequently Asked Questions

What is a hybrid event?

A hybrid event blends an in-person (physical) event and a virtual (online) event, with activities that allow participants to engage with other industry professionals.

Will there be networking opportunities for virtual participants during hybrid events?

Yes. On the first and second days of the hybrid event, virtual conference participants will have an opportunity to network with other event participants, who are participating online. Groups will be randomly "shuffled" to allow interaction with a variety of industry professionals to relay shared experiences or simply chat about future plans. Virtual networking opportunities will be aligned with the in-person lunch breaks and will be clearly labeled on the conference schedule.

Will there be safety procedures in place for in-person attendees?

FGIA will ensure that a safety code of conduct will be in place and will follow CDC guidelines for all in-person events.

View additional information regarding hotel guidelines and requirements.

What are the conference registration fees for the hybrid event format?

The in-person conference registration fees are as follows (all in USD funds):

Members

  • Early Bird (by 8/16): $875
  • Extended Early Bird (by 9/1): $925
  • Regular (post 9/1): $975


Non-members: $1600

Guests (Spouse): $350

Company upgrades are not available for in-person registrations as expenses, such as meals and meeting space rental, apply per person.

The virtual registration fees are as follows (all in USD funds):

Members

  • Individual Registration (one participant): $350
  • Company Registration (up to 5 participants): $875
  • Company Plus Registration (5+ participants): $1750


Non-members: Company Registration (up to 5 participants): $1150

The company registration options provide meeting access to the noted number of company employees. Once a company registration purchase is made, FGIA staff will contact the primary registrant to obtain the information for additional conference participants.

Will all in-person sessions be available to virtual attendees during a hybrid event?

The schedule for hybrid events will integrate live sessions from the in-person conference with the virtual participation. Demonstrations, hands-on workshops and other sessions that can only be effectively offered in person may not be offered virtually.

Will there be a separate schedule for the in-person and virtual segments of the hybrid event?

Yes, however, the schedules for in-person and virtual segments will integrate live sessions from in-person conference with the schedule for virtual participation.

What time zone will the hybrid event be hosted?

The schedule for the in-person conference will follow the event venue’s time zone.

The schedule for the virtual conference will be set in the Central time zone.


Can my colleagues attend using the same link for hybrid events?

Since the virtual conference is a company registration, each participant will receive an email containing a unique link to connect to the event.