Akire Productions & VenuIQ took the hybrid events world by storm at a recent nonprofit hybrid event

VenuIQ was proud to be the official event technology provider for event agency akire productions’ work with a key rare disease awareness nonprofit organization in December 2021 at the Hilton Austin.

The event, which welcomed more than 500 virtual attendees and more than 500 in-person attendees, offered a safe space where staff with disabilities, leaders, managers, HR and equality practitioners from across the health and social care sector, and beyond, shared their experiences of their syndrome. It opened with a private invite-only Science summit and continued with educational sessions for the parents and caretakers who care for those with the disease.  The 3-day event culminated in an exclusive gala where millions were raised for awareness and research. 

Planning for the event still in a COVID epidemic world created some unique opportunities for the platform and the event.  VenuIQ created a new vaccine upload and COVID-19 test upload due to the needs of the event.

Erika Kulovitz, owner of akire productions, said: “VenuIQ went far above and beyond what was asked, by creating these new features efficiently. The team was always available and super responsive, and treated the entire event as a partnership rather than a transaction.”

Another key aspect of the event was to elevate sponsorship ROI opportunities and interactivity for in-person and virtual attendees.  To help with this, VenuIQ rolled out its new gamification feature months early, awarding the in-person and virtual attendees Apple AirPods. The in-person guests did a scavenger hunt around the hotel property that had them interact with sponsors and companies in the Vendor Fair area.  Virtual guests had a similar experience, but more on interaction, attending sessions, participating in the chat and setting up meetings with sponsors and vendors. 

John D’Adamo, VenuIQ’s US Head of Sales, agreed: “This was a personal mission to make sure everything went smoothly. Not only did we provide our standard suite of solutions, but we also worked overtime to create new solutions to best meet the needs of the organization. I am proud of our team’s efforts to find creative ways to execute a once-in-a-lifetime event.”


Venue: Hilton Austin (& virtual)

A/V: AFPC Productions 

Event Strategy & Production Execution: akire productions

Event Technology: VenuIQ

Graphic Design: Erik Miller Design

Motion Graphic Design: Red Tail Creative

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