UgoVirtual Event Platform Enables Virtualization of AIDS2020, the “Woodstock of Global Science Conventions”

Provider of comprehensive virtual event hosting platform partners with global event management agency and the International AIDS Society to seamlessly pivot biannual conference to a worldwide “follow the sun” virtual event the wake of COVID-19  

ATLANTA – July 23, 2020 – UgoVirtual, a comprehensive digital platform designed to meet the growing virtual event management and hosting needs of the international event sector, in partnership with leading global branding and event management agency MCI Group (MCI), announces the successful deployment of the 23rd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2020: Virtual) which took place from July 6-10, 2020 on the UgoVirtual platform for virtualized conferences and hybrid events.

Dubbed by Science Magazine as “the Woodstock of global science conventions,” AIDS2020 is a biannual scientific and medical gathering dedicated to advancements in HIV/AIDS treatment and research.  Traditionally held as a physical event, the 2020 conference was originally scheduled to be co-located in the cities of San Francisco and Oakland, California in the United States. Due to the worldwide outbreak and continued spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), organizers at the International AIDS Society (IAS), turned to the MCI Group in March to assist them with quickly pivoting the event online, in order to maintain continuity and momentum for a cure. After vetting multiple virtual event platform providers to ensure the necessary technology features, flexibility and bandwidth to enable an event of such a massive scope on a short timeline, MCI Group ultimately selected UgoVirtual as their strategic solution provider to enable the first virtual edition of the International AIDS Society Conference. 

Featuring over 20,000 global attendees participating in more than 600 webinars, 12 prime sessions, 27 workshops, 50 symposia, 62 abstract sessions 10 pre-conference events and 70-plus satellite sessions, the massive virtual gathering was held on the originally scheduled dates and was deployed with a “follow the sun” schedule to accommodate multiple time zones. 

The agenda included live and pre-recorded sessions and presentations by leading scientists, health workers, policy specialists, community leaders, A-list celebrities, activists, government officials and even members of the British royal family. The information was presented on the backdrop of a visually stunning virtual environment designed by MCI Group, which was then digitized and securely delivered to the many thousands of global registered attendees on UgoVirtual’s robust and scalable virtual event platform.

The AIDS2020 Virtual conference enabled delegates to access and actively engage with the latest HIV science, advocacy and knowledge that is traditionally presented at the physical conference. In addition to a plethora of virtual sessions and community networking opportunities, the event featured a Global Village and Youth Programme that enabled participation by online audiences around the world. Educational content included presentations and appearances by such recognizable names as Sir Elton John, Dr. Deborah Birx, Prince Harry of the British royal family and Bill Gates of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as leading medical professionals, community leaders and individuals who have been affected by HIV and/or AIDS. The last day of the conference was devoted to providing information on containment and potential treatments for a more recent pandemic, COVID-19.

“AIDS2020 is a critical event for the medical and scientific community worldwide, and it has been a true privilege to be a part of allowing the show to go on, even in the midst of the challenges presented by a global pandemic,” said Diane Estner, strategic advisor for UgoVirtual. “The MCI Group team’s tireless work, dedication and skill in pivoting this landmark international event to a digital format was impressive and we are honored to have worked alongside them to make this a successful and productive experience for the many stakeholders around the world.”

“Due to not only the incredible size, scope and reach of AIDS2020, but to its critical importance to the global medical and scientific communities, it was essential that we provide a strategic and seamless solution to allow the transformation of its content to the digital realm,” said Shawn Pierce, President of Strategic Events, Meetings and Incentives at MCI Group. “UgoVirtual proved to be an ideal partner in this venture, providing the ideal blend of commitment, technology and expertise to bring our client’s vision to life virtually.”

In order to give scholarship delegates continued access to conference events and sessions, AIDS2020 Virtual content will remain online through July 30, 2020. Please visit www.aids2020.org  for more information, or to learn more about UgoVirtual’s comprehensive virtual event platform, go to ugovirtual.com.

About UgoVirtual | UgoVirtual is a comprehensive digital platform that virtualizes tradeshows, conferences, association/corporate meetings, expositions, and other events to make them conveniently and securely accessible to online audiences around the world. As technologies like virtual reality, e-learning and web-conferencing have converged, UgoVirtual harnesses their combined power to resolve the pain points and challenges of event organizers, exhibitors and industry professionals, making it possible to BE EVERYWHERE. The brainchild of a group of technology industry veterans with over 80 years of combined experience, UgoVirtual leverages a proven digital platform that is currently utilized by many of the world’s leading enterprise organizations to virtualize events, provide on-demand content and allow online collaboration and learning environments. For more information, please visit ugovirtual.com and connect with us on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

About MCI | MCI is the global leader in engaging and activating audiences. Our business is founded on a simple human insight: When people come together, magic happens. Since 1987, we have been bringing people together through inspiring meetings, events, congresses and association or community management. MCI helps organisations harness the power of community by applying our strategic engagement and activation solutions to build unforgettable online and offline experiences that foster change, inspire, educate and enhance business performance. MCI is an independently owned company headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, and boasts a global presence with 2,500+ professionals in 61 offices and 31 countries, who work with clients across Europe, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, India, and the Middle East. Visit us at www.mci-group.com or on LinkedInTwitter, FacebookInstagram.

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