Hybrid Conference Software Platform

Where virtual and in-person become one

  • End-to-end platform for streaming, engagement, sponsorship and networking
  • Support and services that scale up to the needs of your team
  • Foster niche networking, boost attendee revenue and raise sponsor participation

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Trusted by Industry Leaders

OpenWater was able to tell us what we needed, their experience was evident from preparation to the last session of the conference. We utilized the training materials for attendees, speakers and room moderators. Great support combined with an easy to use platform enabled our team to impress our members.

Liz Giannini

CESSE - Senior Operations Manager

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Live Stream In-Person or Create On-Demand Recordings

Record in-person sessions for virtual on-demand replays, or live stream for simultaneous participation from virtual attendees and presenters.

Mobile App & Virtual Platform

Sync information between your conference mobile app and your virtual conference platform through OpenWater. Bridge attendee chat between in-person and virtual.

Conference Homepage

Match the look and feel for your website. Get attendees to where they want to go without getting lost in a virtual exhibit hall that feels like a video game.

Conference Schedule

Personalized agenda builder, search/filters for high session volume conferences, restrict sessions by registration level.

Session View

Join or start sessions in one click, host live or pre-recorded sessions, speaker information, one click to join session chat.

Sponsor & Exhibitor Gallery

Easy search/filter options for conferences with a high volume of exhibitors, earn more revenue from sponsors by charging for top placement.

Sponsor & Exhibitor Page

Flexible pages allow sponsors to easily add collateral without creating special graphics or resources. Allow sponsors to customize their call to action buttons in order to optimize their lead nurturing.

Poster Gallery

Scale up your poster gallery with OpenWater, upload large file sizes, foster niche networking through poster chat rooms.

Attendee Networking through Chat

Flexible chat configuration for detailed discussion by session, or by topic. Browse attendees and send chat requests, allow sponsors to host conversations and engage with attendee discussions.

Mobile App - Conference Agenda

Create an invaluable scheduling resource for your in person attendees.

Mobile App - Session Information

Sync session information, speaker materials and session based chat between virtual and in person attendees.

Mobile App - Exhibitors, Sponsors

Sync exhibitor halls, and sponsor galleries between the in person conference app and virtual platform.

Typical Hybrid Solutions

  • Singular Strength

    Traditional event technology companies usually specialize in only 1 area of a successful hybrid event, which limits their capabilities.

  • You're the General Contractor

    Your to do list looks something like this; find an AV crew for in person streaming, select a virtual platform, find an app, train speakers, staff virtual support, and oh yea what about networking and sponsors.

  • Feature Analysis Paralysis

    You're caught between using a few different platforms in order to go hybrid, or inundated with unwanted features by using a sophisticated DIY event platform.

OpenWater Event Cloud

  • Powerful Combo

    OpenWater brings two power packed systems into play with it’s Hybrid solution, dazzling both in-person and virtual attendees.

  • One Stop Shop

    OpenWater empowers its customers to do what they do best, plan an amazing event. We’re here to scale up your staff no matter if that's providing an AV team to stream a 100% live event, or help with building out your conference platform.

  • Pay for the Features You Need

    You pay for the features that will make your conference a success. We’re here to help you navigate our suite of technology solutions and create a seamless experience for in-person or attendees through our conference mobile app, and virtual conference platform.

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  • What is a hybrid conference platform?

    Hybrid conference software, or alternatively a hybrid conference platform, is what your attendees use to access your hybrid event online. On OpenWater’s hybrid conference platform, attendees can access conference sessions, network with other attendees, view abstracts and posters, and more. Your remote attendees will use hybrid conference software as hybrid event portals to engage with your conference.

  • How do I host a hybrid conference with a small budget?

    OpenWater provides assistance for any organization looking to go hybrid in 2021 by providing free downloadable resources. You’ll learn how to go hybrid on a budget in our guide. Inside, you will find illustrated hybrid conference examples to take you through hosting your own event while keeping expenses low.

  • How do I stream my in-person conference to a virtual audience?

    To learn about recording your in-person event and broadcasting it to a hybrid live stream platform, visit the OpenWater hybrid resource page. The virtual component of your in-person event is what makes a hybrid conference a hybrid conference. With OpenWater, the in-person component to your conference will be broadcast to our hybrid event software that virtual attendees can engage with.

  • Do I need to hire a new hybrid event manager?

    OpenWater’s hybrid software acts as a hybrid event management software. The platform enables just about anyone to manage their hybrid event program with ease. Also, OpenWater Support is with you every step of the way.
    Sometimes, the scope and scale of an organization’s hybrid event require an additional hybrid event manager on staff. However, note that whether you should hire an event manager can be determined by a representative when you schedule a demo call.

  • Where can I find resources to help me manage a hybrid event?

    All of our helpful hybrid content is available for free on the OpenWater resource page and the OpenWater blog. There, you’ll find resources with hybrid conference examples and insights on conferencing in general. Many organizations have found our hybrid conference step-by-step guide to be helpful when managing their hybrid event. Another downloadable people have found helpful is our hybrid conference checklist, which provides a list of equipment necessary for hosting a hybrid event.