The Digital District of the Valencian Community – organism dependent on Ministry of Innovation, Universities, Science and Digital Society – has closed 2021 with a program of events, forums and activities in which the hybrid format -on-site and online- to adapt to the social and health situation derived from the pandemic.
The emergence of the coronavirus and the mobility and capacity restrictions caused great changes in habits and ways of socializing within professional environments. For this reason, in the technology sector, this format has been consolidated for holding events, which the public can attend and fully enjoy in person or through online channels.
It is has been the case of the programming developed throughout 2021 by the Valencian Community Digital District technology hub, which incorporated both aspects in all its meetings and forums. From the agency, they consider that “the figures produced by this experience show that it is an effective formula that has taken hold, and allows to achieve assistance and follow-up that exceed that usually obtained with exclusively face-to-face formats.”
For the CEO of Society Thematic Projects of the Valencian Community (SPTCV) and CEO of Distrito Digital, Antonio Rodes, the attendance figures for the programming developed in 2021 “reveal a new reality, and demonstrate that the hybrid format in events and networking it is an effective tool that is here to stay ”.
Great public acceptance
Among the most significant events in this sense stands out the I International Forum ‘Territories and sustainable tourism 5.0’, held from June 16 to 18 at the Digital District facilities in Alicante, which had a significant impact thanks to its hybrid format. This meeting, organized by the consulting firm Connect Clean in collaboration with Distrito Digital, had the online or physical participation of representatives of 90 public institutions and leading French, Finnish and Spanish corporations, posing a total of 120 technological challenges for which innovative solutions were needed.
Another meeting that doubled the follow-up was the one organized by the Digital District for the Presentation of the Open Innovation programs on Tourism, Health and Climate Change on July 15. Its dual face-to-face and virtual format made it possible that in addition to the 400 people who attended personally will be added to the Crystal Hall of the Digital District 450 other people who were able to follow the sessions through the YouTube channel of the technological hub, both live and later on delayed.
In addition, good participation data was also reaped on I Congress of Smart Cities and Big Data of Alcoy, organized by the Alcoy City Council, together with the Digital District and the Alcoy Campus of the Polytechnic University of Valencia on October 20 and 21. Formulated as a new meeting point for professionals, digital companies, leaders of the technology industry, administrations and those responsible for large projects, the contest managed to bring together more than 800 people in person (533 conference attendees and more than 250 at the company showroom) over three sessions held at the Àgora. In addition, it was broadcast on the Distrito Digital YouTube channel, and exceeded 900 views in the first 24 hours.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.