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Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and 1 Wimpole Street Conference Centre create a hybrid event

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Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) returned to 1 Wimpole Street for their fifth consecutive year, this May they held a two-day annual scientific conference in the 300-seat Guy Whittle Auditorium.   

MSF is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation delivering emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare.  Programmes are being run currently in over 70 countries where thousands of health professionals, logistical and administrative staff work.

Presentations were received from MSF staff running projects across the world and healthcare professionals from other organisations sharing their expertise and knowledge.

1 Wimpole Street used their live streaming service to help MSF make the discussions and presentations available to a wider global audience.  In addition to the content being steamed live, it was also recorded therefore extending the life of the event and allowing content to be replayed on-demand at any date, time or location; a particularly useful tool for remote MSF medical teams allowing them to play the recorded content at any time fitting in with their busy schedules and suited to their particular time zone.  This recorded content is also a useful learning resource, a powerful marketing tool for promoting future events and aids the growth of an archive of historical data.  

1 Wimpole Street facilitated in displaying and monitoring social media feeds, which played a pivotal role in creating engaging content, lively discussion and receiving valuable feedback before, during and after the conference.  The hashtag, #MSFsci was used which trended number 2.   A member of the MSF staff monitored the twitter feed during the conference and was able to act as an intermediary and feed questions and comments to and from the presenters and delegates. 

Delegate feedback and responses have proved the event was a huge success with all areas of event technology, event services and catering running smoothly throughout, this was down to the effective relationship between the MSF event organisers, 1 Wimpole Street’s events team and the in-house AV team.  

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