What makes Interop so special is its community. Over the past 35+ years, we've enjoyed bringing the IT community together through face-to-face events and all that goes with in person gatherings: handshakes, warm hugs (remember those?), hands-on learning environments, packed keynotes and Vegas parties are a few things that come to mind from Interops of the past. While we're seeing early signs of cities opening up from COVID-19, we're not ready to risk bringing this community together in person. This is a disappointment for all of us––however, there is also optimism and opportunity as we re-imagine Interop for the digital space.
We've researched countless platforms, brainstormed program possibilities with speakers and review board members, and have participated in dozens of virtual events to experience them first-hand as attendees so we can produce the type of event that meets your (and our) high expectations. With each, we've grown more and more excited. In some ways, the opportunities are endless. At a live event, we've been bound by the physical four walls of the venue and the constraints of involving those that could travel to the event. In a digital world, we're free from those barriers.
- All the Content. Why choose?! At a live event, you can only attend one session at a time. Same is true in a digital world. But, we'll record much of our content and make it available for ongoing learning after the event.
- Optimized and Targeted Networking. Want to find IT directors in the healthcare space to get advice on a problem you’re having? No need to hunt around a cocktail party awkwardly staring at someone's badge to quickly suss out if they’ll be able to help you. Our platform will allow you to easily find and reach out to other attendees in a frictionless way to "chat" informally or to schedule a video meeting.
- Personalization: Demos and Tools on Your Timetable. At some events, you're relegated to strict expo hall hours, and end up rushing from booth to booth to see quick demos and get your badge scanned before content sessions start back up. In a digital world, we won't be restricted. Our platform will open weeks before the "live" event to allow attendees and exhibitors to schedule meetings in the weeks leading up to, during and after the event. Don't get a 2-minute lightning demo with 10 other attendees. Get specific questions answered that you have regarding your technology stack.
- Limitless Birds of a Feather Sessions, Small Group Discussions and Affinity Groups. OK, maybe not limitless, but pretty darn close. In the physical world, we have x number of rooms available at x number of times. We do the best we can to plan for discussions that are of interest, but *you* know best. With a digital environment, we can easily poll to find out which topics will be of interest to attendees––and schedule for all of those that have significant interest. Last year we piloted a very well received Community Connections program bringing together attendees in the government, healthcare and finance spaces for facilitated discussions and networking. We can offer many more of those in a digital world––only held back by demonstrated interest. In other words, if enough of you raise your hand for something––we'll make it happen!
These are just a few highlights that we're excited will be improved experiences via Interop Digital. We almost look at this as a "build your own adventure" Interop. We'll provide the foundation -- bringing together our passionate community, providing the great content you've known to trust along with expert speakers, and the vendor community. Then, the tools will be in your hands to build your own Best of Interop.