From rock concerts to corporate conferences, the coronavirus has led to the cancelling of almost all events worldwide — the impact of which will have ripple effects on the events industry and the economy in general for months to come.
Cancelling events means refunding would-be attendees and vendors and returning to the drawing board somewhere down the line in the hopes of rescheduling later on in the year. However, some events are vital in the sense that important decisions must be taken.
But instead of cancelling completely, innovations in the way events are hosted and distributed to audiences online are helping reduce disruption to event organisers, businesses, and attendees.
Stop! Don’t cancel your event
Before choosing to cancel your event or postpone it, it’s helpful to see what options there are out there to help stream the event online instead.
Online tools can help give you the ability to continue hosting your event in the face of challenging circumstances.
There are also wider benefits though, such as saving on travel and venue costs, being able to open your event to more people, leveraging chat tools to keep conversations going, and promoting a more sustainable way of eventing.
To do this successfully, you have to be able to select the right technology.
Questions to ask yourself are if you have a backdrop to display your venue’s setup, how do event participants register, and how will you want the participants to interact with speakers?
If you’re expecting participants from a number of countries who speak a range of different languages, then you need Remote Simultaneous Interpretation or RSI.
Event conferencing software is useful and straightforward — it enables you to create and manage events digitally. But what if you’re expecting participants from a number of countries who speak a range of different languages? Then you need Remote Simultaneous Interpretation or RSI.
What is Remote Simultaneous Interpretation?
Remote Simultaneous Interpretation (RSI) takes translation to another level. Instead of waiting for a speaker to finish a sentence in their native language, RSI translates while the speaker is still finishing off their sentence. This is what is called simultaneous interpreting (SI).
The remote part is where the interpreters work off-site. By using modern technologies, conferences of any size can be accessible to audiences in any language.
With Internet streaming delivered via a browser or an app, there’s no need for interpreters to be on-site or for complicated equipment.
Events can be held 100% digitally, in this case all speakers and delegates need to do is connect to the platform and the interpreters will be able to translate speech in real-time.
Attendees can select their language and receive the appropriate translation on their laptop or smartphone and, if they have questions, they can type them directly into the platform for answering.
How Interprefy helps move events online
At Interprefy, we are helping keep global events running by first taking them online and, when required, providing simultaneous interpreting.
Our platform enables conference delegates to participate in events in HD video and audio with screen-sharing and two-way communication.
If users prefer meeting on platforms they already know such as Zoom or Skype, Interprefy connects seamlessly with its interpreting module to those platforms. When set up, users who need interpreting follow the meeting with the Interprefy app on their smartphone in their preferred language.
We’ve done exactly this for many conferences around the world. Our largest client is the United Nations, which requires large-scale coordination and well-trained interpreters for its conferences. Working with Interprefy helps significantly cut board meeting and general assembly interpretation costs.
Interprefy’s solution removed the need for interpreters to travel onsite, instead allowing 180 interpreters to work remotely across the 24 days of the conference.
For one specific UN agency with meetings held over several weeks, Interprefy’s solution removed the need for interpreters to travel onsite, instead allowing 180 interpreters to work remotely across the 24 days of the conference.
Interprefy is the leading RSI platform and is now investing over CHF 2m in new products and marketing to solidify its position in the market.
And, this week, Interprefy announced it had secured an additional CHF 1.8m from Swiss based Technologiefonds to help increase product development, recruit more specialist expertise and, ultimately, better serve customers in need of interpreting services.
The author, Kim Ludvigsen, is the CEO and Co-founder of Interprefy.