Entrepreneurs' Organisation (EO) Sydney is run by its entrepreneurs members and is part of a global business network of over 12,000 business owners in 173 chapters across 54 countries and the Sydney chapter has over 160.
Each year, the business owners network hosts an annual dinner gala for over 160 members from businesses across Sydney. This gala is a significant event for the chapter as it recognises the handover of it's board members and celebrates the year's achievements and it's members it's inaugural awards ceremony. Due to Covid-19 restrictions on meeting face-to-face, in 2020 the annual gala dinner needed a different approach to a traditional gala dinner. EO Sydney reached out to AV 24/7 to help reimagine how they could create a memorable night for their members with the same opportunities as previous years for networking and celebrating, all while adhering to the physical distancing protocols.
The EO Sydney Gala was to be run as a hybrid event spread across 6 of Sydney's very best restaurants. Each venue featured all the elements of a physical event with the addition of large screens in each space for the attendees to watch both a combination of live and pre-recorded content, such as presentations, speaker messages and live awards announcements. Those who could not attend the event were also able to participate and view the virtual event elements from the comfort of their own homes. Additional social integration was achieved by including a post awards live photo gallery stream for all the attendees to view the other members at the separate venues.
By choosing a hybrid model for this event, EO Sydney was able to deliver a memorable experience to over 140 members across 6 venues that featured both physical and virtual elements. By connecting each venue virtually, the gala was able to achieve their desired intimate event feel, all while ensuring inclusivity and connection across their network of members. The post event feedback showed that the guests rated the evening an impressive 9.7/10.