Choosing the best seating style for your audience

So you have found the perfect venue for your next event, now you need to start to think about the room layout and in particular the seating style for your audience. 11 Seating Arrangements Used for Events As discussed in previous blogs, the communication factor on any event is critical. Whether you are setting up … Read More

Hybrid Event Handbook

What are the benefits of a hybrid event?

‘Hybrid’ is defined as the combination of two different elements. In the context of hybrid events, it’s; “a physical meeting in which an online audience also participates. Essentially, both the physical as well as the online audience come together and participate in the same experience or content at the same time, from different locations.” IMPACTPLUS Tweet This ... Read More

Encore delivers the University of Sydney's first Class of 2020 Celebration on a mass scale

Encore delivered the University of Sydney’s first ever hybrid celebration for the class of 2020’s 18,000 graduands/graduates. It celebrated the achievements of every student graduating that year and was delivered to an impressive 6,000 online guests from 90 countries around the world. Celebration MC: Mathematics extraordinaire and YouTube sensation, Eddie Woo.   The Problem   ... Read More

Encore rises to the challenge to help AHICE continue as a hybrid event

COVID restrictions left Australasian Hotel Industry Conference and Exhibition (AHICE) and Design Inn with two options, delay or continue in a unique hybrid event format. They chose the second option and engaged Encore to help, utilising their latest technologies to deliver a professional engaging event from Hyatt Regency Sydney. Encore designed and produced an event ... Read More

Virtual Studio for Events

Amazing uses of Extended Reality to deliver powerful virtual events

Before we delve into what Extended Reality can do and it’s impact for events, we firstly need to explain “What is Extended Reality”? Extended Reality is the umbrella term for an environment that blends the physical and virtual world together combining Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality and Virtual Reality. Extended reality has many applications for enhanced ... Read More

Virtual Charity Event

Encore delivers first virtual Big Catch Up for GO Foundation

Encore delivered an innovative, virtual solution to enable the GO Foundation’s Big Catch Up to continue despite COVID restrictions. The stakes were high. This was the first time Encore had delivered the event and also the first time the GO Foundation had delivered the fundraising event virtually. The pitch was won due to Encore’s live ... Read More

Encore deliver the first VIP D + I Conference Online

The Encore team devised an innovative solution for the Department of Defence to move their annual event the D + I Conference to a hybrid event at the National Convention Centre Canberra. The event was attended in-person by Defence senior leadership, including the Chief of the Defence Force and Secretary of Defence, plus 1,000 online ... Read More

Hybrid Conference

How to deliver a successful hybrid Sales Kick-Off event

As we look forward to 2021, it’s time to start planning for sales kick-offs. In a period where we’ve seen events delayed or cancelled, sales kick-offs are one event type that can’t be delayed and will be essential to driving business success as we recover from the pandemic-driven recession. Current restrictions require that we forward ... Read More

Are you at risk of a public security breach?

Simple ways to protect your business and customer personal information from going into the wrong hands We’re now all used to being asked to check-in when we enter a venue, restaurant or club. Mostly the processes have upgraded from a clipboard, contact sheet and pen to scanning a QR code and entering our details via our mobile phone. However the electronic systems vary greatly and security is a grave concern when venues are using a system that might not have been effectively vetted and investigated in terms of data handling and security. The potential for event organisers and venues or their check-in technology providers to mismanage, mishandle or lose data in breaches or leaks has the potential to put the people attending at risk. Individuals’ personal contact information is extremely sensitive, and it is important for strict measures to be put in place to ensure that data is handled in accordance with the data protection regulations. Realistically, the obligation will be on event organisers and venues to make sure the information doesn’t leak, or get misused. Using a cheap or free supplier for these services may increase the risk as these service suppliers may not have the systems, procedure or data handling processes to mean they are 100% protected. Philip Gardner, CIO for Encore commented, “There are several actions event organisers and venues can take to mitigate risk when undertaking event check-in and facilitating contact tracing, and they do not need to be overly expensive or time-consuming. At the very least you should know where the data is being stored and how it is being secured.” “It is vital that event organisers and venues have a proper data protection officer/administrator in place to ensure they are responsible not only for the collection and storage of data, but also after a pre-determined (mandated in each State) number of days secure deletion of all personal information.” Encore’s Contactless Check-In system is fully ISO data security compliant and Encore can manage the controls on a event organiser’s or venue’s behalf. It has the following accreditations: ISO 27001 SOC 1 and SOC 2/SSAE 16/ISAE 3402 (Formerly SAS 70 Type II) PCI Level 1 FISMA Moderate Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) It is hosted and managed within Amazon’s secure data centres. They continually manage risk and undergo recurring assessments to ensure compliance with industry standards. Find out more about Contactless Check-In ... Read More