Video streaming

Video streaming refers to the transmission of video content over the internet in real time. Video streaming enables virtual events to deliver engaging video content to online audiences globally, though requires robust technical infrastructure.

Hybrid event

A hybrid event combines both virtual and in-person elements to engage both remote online and in-person onsite attendees simultaneously. The goal of hybrid events is to expand audience reach and accessibility, while retaining the live interactions of physical events. Challenges include technology requirements, higher costs, and complex logistics.

Virtual sales meeting

A virtual sales meeting is a meeting between sales teams, managers, and leadership that takes place remotely using video conferencing and collaboration technology instead of meeting in-person. The goal of a virtual sales meeting is to boost productivity and morale, while saving travel time and costs. Virtual sales meetings allow for more frequent communication and training across globally distributed sales teams.

COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted virtual events and accelerated adoption of virtual technology platforms. The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the events industry and accelerated adoption of virtual events. While challenges remain, virtual events are now seen as a core part of the modern events toolkit.

Virtual job fair

A virtual job fair is an online event where employers and job seekers can connect and network for recruitment purposes, similar to an in-person job fair. The goal of a virtual job fair is to connect job seekers with employers in an online format that is more easily accessible to a wider audience of candidates and employers.

Virtual tradeshow

A virtual tradeshow is an online event that aims to connect exhibitors with buyers in a virtual exhibition hall. A key benefit to virtual tradeshows over in person trade shows is expanded reach and accessibility.

live video streaming

Live video streaming is the broadcasting of a virtual event’s video content in real time over the internet.

live Q&A

Live Q&A is a feature within a virtual event, allowing attendees to ask questions and receive answers from speakers in real time, usually via text boxes or chat.


Podcasting is the distribution of audio recordings related to a virtual event, often as a series allowing attendees to listen on-demand whenever convenient.

live polling

Live polling is a method within a virtual event of gathering response data from attendees in real time via multiple choice surveys or yes/no questions, often displayed as charts or graphs immediately.

chat feature

A chat feature is an option within a virtual event platform that allows attendees to communicate with each other and event hosts in real time through text messages.

networking break

A networking break is an informal period of time scheduled during a virtual event to allow attendees to socialize and form connections via features like breakout rooms, video calls and chat.


Webex is a conferencing software used to host virtual events with HD video, screen sharing, audio, and other collaboration tools.


Zoom is a video conferencing software that allows for virtual events with screen sharing, collaboration and video/audio conferencing.


Hopin is an all-in-one virtual events platform used to host large-scale online events with networking, session streaming and engagement tools.

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is a communications tool within the Microsoft 365 suite that can be used to set up virtual events with video calling, chat and content sharing capabilities.

virtual summit

A virtual summit is an online event, typically one or multiple days long, bringing together attendees through keynote speakers, panels and breakout sessions to learn and share knowledge.

virtual happy hour

A virtual happy hour is an informal social gathering during or after work hours where remote workers or event attendees use online tools to connect, socialize and network.

virtual conference

A virtual conference is an online event that mimics the format of a real-life conference through keynotes, sessions, exhibit booths and networking opportunities using online platforms.

Zoom background

A Zoom background is an image or video placed behind an individual during a video conference call on Zoom to mask their physical surroundings.


An avatar is a graphical representation of an individual used within an online virtual event platform, usually taking the form of a 2D or 3D modeled human.


A webcam is a video camera that attaches to or is built into a computer to transmit live video footage over the internet, typically used during virtual events.

virtual lobby

A virtual lobby is a digital space where attendees can gather before and after sessions within a virtual event, usually providing options for messaging, networking and accessing event resources.

virtual event

A virtual event is an event held online and digitally instead of in person, due to circumstances like safety concerns, cost considerations or to attract a wider audience.

synchronous participation

When synchronous participation occurs, attendees participate in a virtual event at the same time while separated by distance, using technologies like video-conferencing.

asynchronous participation

When asynchronous participation occurs, attendees participate in a virtual event at different times by accessing pre-recorded content like videos or presentations on their own schedule.