by: Roma G Velasco
As most of us transition to remote and virtual environments, events that gather hundreds and thousands of people from different parts of the world have been significantly impacted by the pandemic. But as they say, the show must go on!
Our team here at Integrated Work had the opportunity to join a virtual concert organized by Event Farm via The Echo – Virtual Event Experiences. The experience is reminiscent of video games such as The SIMS and other online virtual worlds like Second Life.
To join the virtual concert, we each downloaded a software application to get access. Here are some of the highlights of our experience…
First, we had fun creating our Avatars. You can get pretty close to making your avatar look exactly like your “real” physical self.
Just like any concert venue, our Avatars arrived by the Entrance where an event schedule was posted. A menu bar on the top left of the screen allowed us to navigate through different rooms, shows, and even find and “go to” people easily! There are different movements and gestures that an Avatar can do, like dance, run, and shake hands with other Avatars.
All in all, it was a fun experience for our team to explore spending time together in a virtual world even though there were a few technical glitches. One issue with big virtual events like this is bandwidth. Most of us had to restart the app on our computers a few times because we got kicked out of the platform. Other than that, navigating the virtual world and learning to interact with others virtually was pretty straightforward.
Just like real-life events, Event Farm provided helpful staff and roaming photographers. We took the opportunity to snag a few shots of ourselves, so here are some of our photos from that night!