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Geneva: city of hybrid events

Geneva: city of hybrid events

Geneva has all the assets for the organisation of your coming hybrid event. We tell you how they work and how to implement them.

A first for Geneva: the city hosts the 2021 EASL (European Association for the Study of the Liver) Congress in virtual mode

Experts in the organisation of face-to-face and virtual congresses, Geneva and its partners succeeded in organising one of the largest medical congresses in Europe in just a few weeks, “The International Liver Congress”, in which 8,000 delegates participated online.

Thanks to five studios equipped with the latest technology that were set up in a magnificent farmhouse in the middle of the Geneva vineyards, EASL was able to offer its members a rich and complete programme with speakers all over the world. To ensure comfort and conviviality, the congress was modelled on the style of a television programme, with daily live sessions, hosted by the EASL Committee and filmed in the different rooms of the farm and in the garden. This innovative virtual concept enabled EASL to maintain its congress in optimal conditions, with technical support provided to the speakers who were located in their respective countries, despite the health restrictions. As for the 8,000 participants, they were not only able to attend the presentations and workshops but also to appreciate Swiss know-how through this unique virtual experience.

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How do hybrid events work?

A hybrid solution combines a « live » in-person event with a « virtual » online component. Online tools provide a means for physical attendees to interact with each other, with the event organisers and with online participants, and for online participants to interact with each other.
Depending on your needs and budget, we offer you different options of hybrid events and we assist you in planning them. In Geneva, we suggest you several well-equipped venues that can host your hybrid meetings. We can also connect you with local partners that have hybrid events design expertise. We offer you a range of essential online tools to customise your hybrid event.

What are the advantages of hybrid events?

The hybrid events have several benefits, specifically in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. By choosing to attend online an event, you reduce travel time - which has a positive impact on your company’s finances and of course on the planet.

Why Geneva is the perfect place to host your hybrid events?

A city in the heart of Europe

Geneva has all the geographical assets because the city is at the gateway to five European countries: Austria, Liechtenstein, Germany, France and Italy.

 

A city of international organisations

Geneva is one of the most international cities with more than 37 international organisations - the European headquarters of the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the World Trade Organisation and the World Health Organisation.

 

A city of multinational companies

Geneva is also home to more than 900 multinational companies - including 140 major ones such as Procter & Gamble, HSBC, JTI, BNP Paribas, ISS - and has been an international hub since the 19th century.

A city focused on communication

Geneva has a great reputation as a tech city focused on the future and communication. Geneva has been hosting COMMUNICA (Communication, Media and Event Trade Show) since 2009. COMMUNICA is a showcase of service providers in the fields of communication, marketing, web, events and media of the french-speaking part of Switzerland.

A city between nature and cultural heritage

If you attend a hybrid event, Geneva has all the assets of a large and welcoming city between the lake and the mountains. It is the cradle of watchmaking and capital of peace. With its parks and gastronomy, Geneva is the ideal place to relax before or after an event.

Where to organise your hybrid events in Geneva?

Discover the venues that can offer you hybrid meeting spaces.

University of Geneva 
Founded in 1559, the University of Geneva is now the second largest academic institution in Switzerland. The institution has acquired international prestige by cultivating its international outreach. Player of the digital revolution, the University was a pioneer in using digital technologies in all its areas of activity.

 

International Conference Centre Geneva
Your hybrid events can be conveniently and comfortably held in the CICG. It provides meeting rooms for 20 to 2,200 participants. The CICG offers you equipment at the cutting edge of technology to meet your different needs. The Centre also connects you with one of its expert teams that will assist you in preparing your event. The CICG offers you access to its network of local partners.


Palexpo
Unique in Switzerland, Palexpo offers you 106,000 m2 of WiFi-equipped, pillar-free areas all under a single roof, including a convention centre seating from 100 to 2,500 participants. A covered car park services the venue. 10 minutes’ walk from the Geneva International Airport. Direct access from the motorway A1 (from Switzerland, France, Italy and Germany) to Palexpo.

Hotel President Wilson  ★★★★★
Situated on the lake shore, the Hotel President Wilson offers you a panoramic view over the lake, the pool or Geneva city. It is minutes away from the most beautiful parks and boutiques along the famous Rue du Rhône. 204 guest rooms and 22 suites are beautifully appointed and equipped with the highest quality. The hotel is well-renowned as an international conference venue with 12 meeting rooms that can currently accommodate up to 150 guests (according to the COVID-19 update). The Wilson offers you a videoconference system with the highest quality.


Hilton Geneva Hotel and Conference Centre  ★★★★
We introduce you Switzerland’s largest hotel. This 4 stars superior hotel is just 10 minutes away from Geneva International Airport and adjacent to Palexpo. The hotel is less than 3 km from the city centre and Lake Geneva. For any stay at the Hilton Geneva Hotel, take advantage of the free transport card. For your business meetings, use more than 35,000 m2 of meeting rooms.


InterContinental Geneva  ★★★★★
The InterContinental Geneva is a legendary, historical hotel redesigned by Toni Chi. This 5-star luxury hotel offers you amazing views of Mont Blanc, Lake Geneva and Geneva itself. The InterContinental provides the best conditions for your hybrid event, for those attending the event and for virtual attendees. The hotel offers you reliable and easy-to-use equipment that guarantees you a hybrid event with the highest sound and visual quality. The events can currently accommodate up to 150 physical guests (according to the COVID-19 update).


Fairmont Grand Hotel Geneva  ★★★★★
The Fairmont Grand Hotel Geneva is situated on the banks of Lake Geneva, facing the Jet d’Eau, and enjoys an exceptional view over the lake, the Alps and Mont Blanc. At the heart of the city and its fashionable boutiques, the hotel is a stone’s throw away from the Old Town and the Flower Clock. The Fairmont assists you in organising your hybrid event while respecting COVID-19 sanitary measures.

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What are the local service providers?

Discover the local service providers that have hybrid events design expertise.


Dorier Group
Dorier Group has been based in Geneva for over 40 years. It is an audiovisual event experience company. Dorier facilitates the organisation of your hybrid event because its meetings design expertise is all under a single roof. Control your organisation costs and rationalise your hybrid events by working with Dorier Group.

 

Audiovisuel Concept
Located in Geneva, Audiovisuel Concept is a service provider and specialist in the field of audiovisual through Switzerland and Europe. Its expert teams help you throughout your hybrid event with technologies, on-site facilities and services.

 

Appia
Situated in Geneva, APPIA is the first permanent xR and virtual production studio in Switzerland. It is specifically designed to allow brands, organisations and individuals to create impactful digital content, that can be streamed live on the Internet, or pre-recorded.

 

Azalink
Azalink SA has been based in Geneva for over 20 years. It has a great reputation as an event agency and luxury communication specialist. Azalink is ready to help you with its expertise in the fields of events design, audiovisual, rental of furniture, communication and events organisation. The agency offers you a customised hybrid event.

 

Skynight
Skynight has been located in Geneva since 1985. The Skynight company is driven by a true passion for the stage and audiovisual techniques. This specialist in the fields of events and virtual technologies offers you full-service audiovisual solutions.

 

Studio 6
With a long history of experience in the hospitality and technology industries and a shared passion for innovation, our two companies have combined their skills to offer you a state-of-the-art solution that is flexible and modular to your specific needs. Whether it's a short, dynamic video or a multilingual live stream with a global audience on site and remotely, make sure your next hybrid or virtual experience is unlike any other! View our brochure by clicking on the image below or email us at studio6@imavox.ch for more information.

What virtual tools do you need?

Discover the virtual tools that you need to organise your hybrid event. 


Adobe Connect
Developed by Adobe Systems, Adobe Connect is a suite of software for remote training, web conferencing, presentation and desktop sharing. It is an easy-to-use interface that allows you to join a hybrid meeting with one click.

 

Zoom
Zoom is an online platform that allows you to organise videoconferences up to 1,000 virtual attendees.

 

Microsoft Teams
Microsoft Teams is a proprietary business communication platform developed by Microsoft. It offers you great workspace chat, videoconferencing, file storage and application integration. Its virtual meetings can accommodate up to 250 attendees.

 

Miro Board
Miro Board is an online collaborative whiteboard platform to bring your teams together, anytime, anywhere. 3 boards and unlimited teammates for free.

 

MURAL
MURAL is a digital workspace for visual collaboration, where everyone can do their best work together. It facilitates your meetings and workshops up to 50 virtual attendees.

 

SpotMe
SpotMe is an online platform that facilitates your virtual and hybrid events. Thanks to this virtual event tool, organise a productive meeting that really connects you with your audience. By using SpotMe, let your audience network, compete, chat, share updates, participate in quizzes and much more.

 

Wonder
Wonder is a virtual space where people can meet and talk. Through its range of online tools, create a productive, customised meeting that inspires your community.

 

Geneva, the perfect city for your hybrid event 

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Adrien Humair
Business events consultant

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