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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.
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.
Sponsors will have the opportunity to promote their company in front of both in-person and virtual attendees, resulting in even greater exposure during hybrid events.
The in-person conference registration fee remains the same, $825 USD per person / early bird, and $875 after the early bird deadline. Company upgrades are not available for in-person registrations as expenses, such as meals and meeting space rental, apply per person.
The virtual registration fee is $575 USD per company. This company registration provides meeting access to unlimited company employees participating from unlimited locations and connections. Once a company upgrade purchase is made, FGIA staff will contact the primary registrant to obtain the information for additional conference participants.
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.
Yes, however, the schedules for in-person and virtual segments will integrate live sessions from in-person conference with the schedule for virtual participation.
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 Eastern time zone.
Since the virtual conference is a company registration, each participant will receive an email containing a unique link to connect to the event.
We support the choice of individuals and businesses to continue to mask out of an abundance of caution as this pandemic isn’t over yet. Safety protocols will be followed in accordance with current CDC guidelines and will also be imposed by the venue.
We support the choice of those who want to continue practicing physical social distancing, which means keeping a safe space between yourself and other people who are not from your household. What makes you feel safe is a personal choice. We are encouraging you to be open and communicative about your preferred physical boundaries.
Meals and networking events will be hosted outside, where possible depending upon weather. Food and beverage are currently being serviced by resort staff behind plexiglass with self-service items eliminated unless fully packaged.
Networking events will be structured to allow for free-flowing social interaction guided by safety protocols to enable high-value participant engagement.