Dallas – December 17, 2020 – ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX) recently concluded its first-ever Virtual Experience, in conjunction with IWBC, the Industrialized Wood-based Construction Conference. The digital event was held December 2-3, with 1,902 participants on the platform.
The two-day event featured live and recorded educational workshops, four keynote presentations, exhibitor sponsored webinars, and networking opportunities. Most live sessions were followed by Q&A to enhance collaboration and learning.
The event featured a mix of educational conference workshops and programs, with 15 live each day and 61 available on-demand. Covering 15 educational tracks, the workshops and programs have garnered 2,106 views.
“All live classes have been recorded and are available on-demand, along with the existing on-demand sessions, to All-Access Pass registrants through March 31, 2021,” said Lindsay Roberts, ABX Group Director. “Attendees also have the opportunity to earn up to 102.5 continuing education credit hours from AIA/HSW, LA CES, and GBCI.”
In addition to education, attendees also had numerous opportunities to interact with the 118 exhibiting companies. Options were available to set virtual appointments, view videos, review materials, and learn about specific products through the Product Showcase area on the platform.
“We had great exhibitor participation with nearly 3,000 meeting requests sent,” said Roberts. “Even though we weren’t face-to-face in Boston as we originally planned, our exhibitors embraced this opportunity to engage with a new audience in a new way.”
First time registrants made up 47% of all virtual attendees. Architects made up the largest job function at 47%, followed by Executives (Presidents, CEOs, Principals, Owners), Consultants, and Project Managers.
Virtual attendees joined online from 39 states, with 73% from Massachusetts, followed by Texas, New Hampshire, California and New York. International attendees joined from 23 countries with the largest representation from Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kington.
Focusing on social progress, inclusivity, and equity, the Women in Design Symposium was held during the virtual event and included the Award of Excellence Ceremony, a Keynote presentation, a happy hour, and two educational workshops.
BosNOMA (the Boston chapter of NOMA, the National Organization of Minority Architects), also held their symposium during the virtual event. Offerings included a panel on working toward equity in practice, two podcasts on architecture and design, and a B.R.A.V.E. conversation with BosNOMA leadership.
Registration will remain open at www.abexpo.com through March 31, 2021, for anyone who wants to access the on-demand presentations.
About ABX | ArchitectureBoston Expo
ABX | ArchitectureBoston Expo is where the architecture, building and design community convenes to discover the latest trends and innovations, connect face-to-face with colleagues, and earn credits from educational programs addressing the hottest topics across the industry. The show features include 250+ exhibiting companies and 100+ conference programs. The show is owned and produced by Informa Markets. The show founder and presenter are Boston Society of Architects [BSA]. Founded in 1986 as BuildBoston, the show was rebranded in 2012 as ArchitectureBoston Expo. For 2020, the show will be hosted virtually. For more information, visit www.abexpo.com.
About Informa Markets
Informa Markets creates platforms for industries and specialist markets to trade, innovate and grow. We provide marketplace participants around the globe with opportunities to engage, experience and do business through face-to-face exhibitions, targeted digital services and actionable data solutions. We connect buyers and sellers across more than a dozen global verticals, including Architecture, Construction, Interior Design, Pharmaceuticals, Food, Medical Technology and Infrastructure. As the world's leading market-making company, we bring a diverse range of specialist markets to life, unlocking opportunities and helping them to thrive 365 days of the year. For more information, please visit www.informamarkets.com
About IWBC / Industrialized Wood-Based Construction Conference
IWBC is the global wave-front of companies, thinkers and disruptors in fully integrated wood-based offsite construction. Our Keynote speakers, session speakers, vendors and visionaries will deep dive into mass timber, modular and panelized construction, BIM, AI, generative design and much more. IWBC is partnered with - and co-produced by – Informa Markets. The show owner and presenter is Forest Economic Advisors LLC (FEA). The show was founded in 2018. For 2020, the show will be co-hosted virtually by ArchitectureBoston and IWBC. For more information, visit www.iwbcc.com.
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