Is Virtual Conference the New Normal for the AI Tech Community?

AI events globally are turning to virtual conferences due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Let algorithms now choose the right online sessions for you!

The COVID-19 pandemic may have restricted tech professionals across the world to work-from-home. However, this has hardly deterred them from thought exchanges on driving a re-imagined digitized, automated, AI-driven enterprise there can be.   

In fact, the pandemic has pushed several buttons to unlock how event networking and ideas discussion can unfold in this new normal.

So, virtual is where it’s at for now – be it the envisioning Robotic Process Automation, computer vision theories discussion, resolving machine learning datasets hurdles and learning from artificial intelligence, IoT and cybersecurity experts.

Earlier this year, several events were canceled following fears of safety and health parameters to be followed. But even earlier, when Intel had withdrawn its annual developer conference in 2017 with thousands of attendees, Jack Gold, Principal Analyst at Gold Associates had commented, “3,000 attendees would come for one thing and 1,000 would come for something else. If you’re developing for PCs, do you care about AI or self-driving cars? It’s gotten so broad.” This issue of a general event to suit all tastes can be overcome in a virtual conference, where topics and experts can be aligned to a targeted audience using AI algorithms that can gauge interest and demand for a session.

According to the Data Connectors Virtual Summits infographic given below, nearly 90% of online attendees report equal or higher levels of engagement in live-streamed talks, panel discussions and fireside chats compared to in-person events. With AI being used to match profile descriptions filled out by attendees, today’s work-from-home workforce is chasing more and more virtual summits for everything from up-skilling, connecting with peers, learning from thought leaders, and more. Besides ensuring health and safety for attendees, virtual summits also protect them from phishing attacks and other cyber threats possible in a large-scale networking event.

Harnessing even more AI and IoT tech to facilitate making events a virtual phenomenon, the infographic reveals that by 2021, video, including web conferencing, will account for over 80% of all internet traffic. Now that business communities and enterprise workforce have successfully adapted to a virtual way of working, it’s time for the tech professionals towelcome virtual events, as this ain’t no temporary shift.

Check out Data Connectors ‘Virtual Summits and the Future of Business Gatherings in a Post-COVID Era’ with a well-known phrase in mind ‘Necessity is indeed the mother of all invention’and you will not miss the meets anymore. 

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