As our company event we usually hold at Olympia London in April, was unable to take place due to the COVID lockdown in 2020 and 2021, we like many companies had to turn to running virtual events, after running 2 events using established platforms reasonably successfully I felt as a company with very specific requirements I could build our own platform with help from the developer team we had worked with before. So by using a great team of developers from Rishabhsoft who used a React, Laravel, on aws hosted environment, using JW Player as the streaming service, we built our own event platform that can scale to our needs events, for less than the cost of using an established event platform for just one event with benefit of it fitting our needs.
It was a lot of work and a little fraught when we went live but it performed well and was well received with over 3500 users over the 4 days of the virtual event and after to watch the on-demand video library.
The platform could also report on site usage tracking 100,000+ interactions as well as having a notification feature and an internal chat messaging system, break out zoom meeting inputs, exhibitor/sponsors channel where they could display video, documents , company descriptions.
We continue to use and develop it as our needs change and will be looking at how we can continue to use it as our events return to a more hybrid with a hopeful return to physical events but keep the new customer base who maybe unable to travel or prefer to attend virtually.