FIRST Awarded “Best Conference” for Hybrid Sibos 2021

Just weeks after winning “Best Virtual Event” at the Global Event Awards, FIRST has been awarded “Best Conference” at the 2022 micebook V Awards: a celebration of the best in virtual events.

Following on from the success of delivering the first virtual Sibos in 2020, SWIFT’s annual flagship event, FIRST was again called on to push the boundaries of virtual engagement and deliver the financial community’s primary though-leadership experience on a bigger scale than ever before.

Prioritzing authentic interactivity between attendees and speakers with more live sessions and broadcast quality production, FIRST coordinated remote and in-person production teams in studio space in New York, London and Brussels, capturing pre-recroded content ahead of the four-day live streamed event in London.

FIRST produced and managed the Sibos 2021 online content management portal which launched with teaser videos to build excitement and was updated live with on-demand content. Maintaining strict data security compliance measures, FIRST hosted the live streams on a bespoke virtual platform embedded into the site for a secure and seamless user experience.

The four-day agenda featured over 330 speakers, 90+ hours of live streams, 200+ hours of content captured, review and edited, and incorporated familiar Zoom-style networking sessions throughout to foster global community discussion. Creative, collaborative technology such as Slido, Virtual Front Row, Piccles and live scribing were integrated into the agenda to facilitate live audience participation throughout.

The event received multiple positive reviews and features in publications such as Technolog Record, Asset Servicing Times, Finextra, ANZ Bluenotes and FinTech Futures. Micebook’s esteemed pannel of judges, experts across the industry, were “highly impressed by the excellence content” at Sibos 2021.

Micebook’s Editor, Susie Harwood, comments: “as the return to in-person events gathers pace rapidly… it’s important to remember that virtual and hybrid will continue to play an important rol ein the future, as our industry transitions towards being more sustainable, accessible and inclusive.”

David Bridgeman, Head of Event Operations & Logistics at SWIFT, added: “I wanted to congratulate you on a truly excellent job, not just for [live delivery] week but throughout the whole campaign. FIRST have been outstanding and I sincerely hope that we have the pleasure of working with [this team] on the first physical Sibos since the pandemic in Amsterdam 2022.”

…Spoiler alert: David’s wish came true! Stay tuned for more from FIRST and SWIFT at Sibos 2022, live and in-person from Amsterdam!

Read more about our journey with Sibos from in-person to virtual and hybrid.


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