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Meet you at the bar! UK startup, vTogether launches off-the-shelf, ready-to-use virtual venues and event spaces including Beach Club, Clubhouse, Alpine Meadow and Secret Garden

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  • vTogether has created hundreds of bespoke virtual event spaces for global clients and is now launching off-the-shelf virtual venues
  • Demand is set to remain high for virtual events as distributed workforces seek to get together without travel and as many companies move to permanent mixed office and remote working
  • Similar to choosing a suitable physical event venue, organisers will be able to select a ready-to-use space that best fits their needs
  • The company has already welcomed more than 20,000 guests from 82 countries to private virtual events

Virtual events startup vTogether has today launched a range of ready-to-use virtual spaces and venues, allowing events companies to select a space in which their guests can network, collaborate, and socialise. 

Sky, Harvey Nash, Punch Pubs and FT #1-ranked business school INSEAD have all run multiple events in virtual spaces custom-designed and built by UK startup, vTogether. This experience will now be available to many more events professionals with the launch of a range of ready-to-use virtual spaces.

Four spaces are available, each supporting up to 50 guests:

  • The Alpine Meadow: get some fresh air with alpine views and a relaxing meadow zone
  • The Beach Club: catch some virtual rays at a beach world with a tiki bar
  • The Clubhouse: offering bar, jazz lounge, and private networking areas
  • The Secret Garden: featuring a social zone and a set of smaller areas for groups to collaborate or hold individual meetings

Additional spaces will be rolled out every month, which will support use cases such as experiencing talks and performances and can accommodate larger numbers of guests.

vTogether’s virtual spaces are built upon technology developed by topia.io, a startup that raised USD 5m in an investment round in May 2021, which was led by Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian’s Seven Seven Six fund. 

A more engaging online event experience

Most online events still rely largely on standard video conferencing which supports only a single speaker with an audience. Even with breakout rooms, it’s a sterile experience which all but eliminates the possibility of serendipity and creativity. But vTogether guests can freely mingle and chat in groups, moving from one conversation to another simply by navigating an on-screen avatar around a unique virtual event space.

vTogether events can accommodate anything from a few dozen to tens of thousands of guests in a way that makes chance encounters and social mixing feel natural. The virtual event spaces are created with thousands of individual elements of graphic art to create almost any environment, and ambient sounds are used to create immersive and even emotional experiences. The level of engagement created by this very different type of event is profound. 

Leading business school INSEAD held its most recent Alumni Forum for 700 guests in a bespoke vTogether space, rather than in person in Munich. The social part of the event was supposed to finish at 1pm on a Saturday, but after two days of online conference it was then extended for an extra three hours because everyone was having so much fun socialising and networking. One guest said “You’ve captured the experience of meeting people randomly so well! It really feels like we’re there” with another adding “amazing how the party feeling was crawling through my laptop and my speakers 🙂 Thank you for this outstanding experience”.

Requiring nothing more than a web browser—no downloads required—vTogether events are easily accessible all around the world and will now be available for many more promoters and organisers for their events.

“Serendipity is sorely missing from online events, and there’s now academic research on the reality of ‘Zoom fatigue’ and people tuning out of video conversations and leaving much sooner than they would at a physical event,” says Paul Hamilton, founder of vTogether. “We’ve already welcomed more than 20,000 attendees to our events, and our new ready-to-use spaces will allow more people to experience how our events capture the magic of meeting in person when they’re physically apart, leading to real business value.”

As demand for virtual events evolves, vTogether will increasingly serve the need for businesses and organisations to bring geographically distributed workforces together in the same space without the need for travel and to enable the informal conversations that are the lifeblood of culture as many companies move to a mixed office/remote working new-normal.

To preview and book the ready-to-use virtual spaces available go to:

https://vtogether.io/vtogether-readymade

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