Great ideas, fresh inspiration, and rich connections are born from spontaneous interactions. That’s why we put serendipity at the forefront of our videoconferencing software. See how the freedom of movement within our Wonder Space helps these companies enhance networking at their events.
“Networking is where, in my opinion, Wonder has filled a niche that’s missing from Zoom and Microsoft Teams and other web conferencing tools,” said Dave Kachman, Senior User Experience Designer at OXD, a Vancouver-based design and technology consulting firm. “It’s that re-creation of being in a room and having the choice of having a lot of smaller conversations. You get there, you see all these people, and it’s super-easy to hop into a conversation. That’s what drew me to the tool.”
Kachman was so drawn to the tool that he recommended Microsoft use Wonder for a virtual job fair event that OXD was brought in to help organize.
“Of course, we used [Microsoft] Teams for the actual presentation portion of the event,” Kachman said, “but we suggested Wonder for the job fair part, where people can ask questions and be more off-the-cuff.” At first, Microsoft wasn’t sold. But after seeing what Wonder could do, they decided to give it a shot.
This was the best solution we were presented with. I don’t know how else we would have done it.
Michele Feria - Senior Global Marketng Manager at Silicon Labs
Networking support was also what Michele Feria, Senior Global Marketing Manager at Silicon Labs in Austin was looking for when she tapped Wonder to help with her company’s annual company symposium.
“The networking for us was the piece that was always missing, and Wonder was something we wanted to test out to get people to engage with each other virtually,” Feria said.
Wonder was brought in to handle pre-keynote get-togethers and poster sessions and was able to help Feria bring real interaction back into the event.
“At a lot of in-person technology symposiums, you’ll walk into a space and see these huge posters that diagram an idea that this or that author had, and so people can walk around and ask questions,” Feria said. “We tried replicating that on Wonder by creating these separate rooms where authors could screenshare their posters and make themselves available to folks who came in.”
“It was a great opportunity for those who wanted to network. A lot of people are trying to replicate events in person, and it’s hard to do that virtually,” she said. “This was the best solution we were presented with. I don’t know how else we would have done it.”
Andy Burnett, CEO and founder of Knowinnovation, which specializes in helping organizations like NASA organize scientific conferences in order to foster interdisciplinary breakthroughs, said they came to Wonder looking to expand their capabilities for unstructured networking.
Specifically, the Tampa-based consulting firm wanted a networking tool that would fit within its platform stack, which often includes Zoom for formal presentations and Google Docs for sharing documents, as well as its own software.
“One of the really interesting things we found was that the level of patience people have with regards to virtual tools is extremely limited,” Burnett said. “If you’re attending an in-person conference and the projector isn’t working, everyone can just take ten minutes and have a cup of coffee. In the virtual world, you’ve got about 30 seconds before people start leaving. So when we looked at Wonder, the question became, ‘To what extent can it support the processes we typically use?’ It’s become very popular.”
Asher Kraut, global deal flow manager at aerospace strategy consulting firm, Starburst, typically uses WebEx or Zoom for the company’s large-scale pitch events. But when he used Wonder for the first time as a participant, he decided the platform could work well for the post-event networking portion of their own events.
“We were attending NASA’s Innovation Opportunity Conference, where Wonder was being used, and we happened to like it and thought, ‘Let’s start using this.’”, he said, “When we found out Wonder was free, it was a no-brainer.”
Kraut uses a combo of WebEx or Zoom with Wonder, using Wonder for the networking portion of the events. Kraut said he expects most of their events to stay virtual over the next year and doesn’t see them going away anytime soon.
Go ahead, work the virtual room
Virtual networking can be just as exciting as the real deal. It’s all about creating the right environment to foster spontaneous connection. By recreating the experience of “working the room”, Wonder helps set virtual networking up to be the new norm.
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“Wonder taps into a very current trend: advanced videoconferencing. Thousands of users can converse – and instead of all facing each other like in a Zoom call, they can jump between conversations in video, audio or text.”
“Different to the incumbent Zoom, it enables in-between chats, group collaboration and networking. Wonder therefore simulates in-person events.”