Three of our biggest quality-related conferences will become hybrid events this summer. What exactly does that mean? Here’s what you can expect at Qualipalooza 2021, the 17th Risk Adjustment Forum, and RISE West–as well as future RISE hybrid events.
RISE is pleased to provide two ways to experience upcoming quality conferences, beginning with Qualipalooza 2021 (June 28-29) and the 17th Risk Adjustment Forum (June 30-July 1): Both events will take place in-person at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando and virtually via live stream.
RISE West 2021 will follow later in the summer (August 30-September 2) at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs and via live stream.
“We really have developed a model that we feel, if they [attendees] can’t travel, they are going to see the same things,” RISE Managing Director Ellen Wofford said during a recent RISE Radio podcast episode that explored the conversions of live events to virtual ones amid the pandemic and the evolution of the new hybrid model.
Here’s what the hybrid model will look like for both attendance experiences:
Featured content and sessions
Both attendance options will deliver the exact same top-notch content and engaging sessions. Plus, at the conclusion of the event, in-person and virtual attendees will also receive access to the on-demand library of recordings to view any conference sessions they may have missed during the event or would like to playback.
Providing the same content regardless of how people choose to attend the event, ticket price is the same for in-person attendance and virtual attendance via live stream.
The conference will feature a well-balanced mix of in-person speakers and speakers presenting from their home offices. As in-person attendees engage with speakers throughout presentations and live Q&A sessions, virtual attendees will be just as involved by using the virtual platform to interact with panelists, provide feedback, and ask questions.
To offer much-needed cross-sector collaboration, attendees will enjoy ample networking opportunities, both in-person and virtually.
In-person attendees will be able to return to face-to-face networking during socially distanced breaks and receptions with other attendees, speakers, and solutions providers. All networking opportunities will be compliant with CDC, state, and venue guidelines.
But virtual attendees won’t miss out on any of the networking fun. With access to RISE’s exclusive virtual networking lobby, virtual attendees will be able partake in the same level of across-the-ecosystem collaboration with one another but from the comfort of their homes. Rest assured, this is no Zoom meeting! In the lobby, participants will be able to turn on their cameras, hop around small table discussions of up to eight people, and create one-on-one conversations at a private table.
Exhibit hall experience
There will be a socially distanced exhibit hall at all three events where in-person attendees can shop new solutions from leading service providers, reconnect with familiar faces, and watch product demos. We have encouraged all exhibitors to set up their booths with physical distancing in mind, as well as provide a touchless experience so attendees can comfortably interact and shop for solutions.
Virtual attendees will receive the same benefits in the virtual exhibit hall, where they can schedule one-on-one appointments, live chat with vendors, and download product resources.
Health and safety protocols at the venues
RISE is committed to ensuring attendees, speakers, exhibitors, and staff have a healthier and safer conference experience. If you aren’t feeling well or have reason to believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19, we ask that you follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for self-quarantine and not travel.
For all in-person events, we have incorporated health and safety measures based on the latest guidance from the CDC, the state that the event is taking place in, as well as the conference venue guidelines. Protocols will include:
Face coverings: Requirements will be based on CDC, state, and venue guidelines.
Temperature screenings: A temperature check and self-screening will be conducted upon arrival each day. If you have a fever or do not pass the self-screening, you will be asked to visit a nearby COVID-19 testing center.
Hand sanitizing: Hand sanitizing stations will be set up throughout the event in conjunction with the CDC recommendation of thorough hand washing. Gloves will be available should you wish to wear them.
Physical distancing: In addition to following CDC, state, and venue guidelines for all sessions, we will have a color-coded system for attendees to display their comfort level for interacting with others (green for those comfortable with close interaction, yellow for those who prefer elbows to handshakes and want some distance, and red for those who wish to remain six feet apart at all times.
RISE in-person events will also feature:
Touchless registration: The touchless conference registration process allows attendees to print their own badges for events. If you plan to earn continuing education credits, staff will take care of signing you in and out so you can enjoy a complete touchless experience.
Safer food and beverage experience: All food and beverage will follow CDC guidelines. Attendees will be asked to minimize the time face coverings are removed during meals and breaks. Tables will be set following physical distanced guidelines from the CDC, state, and venue.
Speaker experience: For in-person attendees, the speaker podium will be physically distanced from attendees so speakers will not be required to wear a face covering while speaking. Panelists at panel sessions will be physically distanced per CDC, state, and venue guidelines. All AV equipment will be sanitized after each session.