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Digital Events

Given the impact of COVID-19 on our society and the events industry, we needed to rethink how we approach in-person events for the foreseeable future.

At Microsoft, we quickly adapted many in-person events into digital experiences. We learned that it’s not enough to simply redesign, one must take the time to be thoughtful and brave about how to deliver content in this new reality for events.

We are excited to share our learnings with you. Please explore this website, video series, and resources that you can use to hopefully be useful to reimagine your events.

Take a behind-the-scenes look at how we put our learnings into practice with one of Microsoft’s marquee events.

We developed the below video series and resources that we hope will help enable your journey to digitally transform your in-person events into digital experiences.

Introduction to digital events

Sharing principles to get started

Writer’s room explained

Rethinking the approach to planning

Digital venue

Defining your programming framework

Audience experience

Driving attendee engagement

Theater to television

Preparing for a new medium

Speaker preparation

Presenting on camera

Art of moderation

Guiding group conversations

Below you will find additional resources that we are compiling as we continue our digital event transformation

Microsoft Inspire: Digital experiences in a pandemic era

Microsoft Build 2020 through the eyes of attendees

Please reach out to msdigitalevents@microsoft.com for any questions