During the week of February 15th, the state of Texas experienced a once in a century winter storm that brought travel, business, and in many cases essential services like electricity and water to a complete halt for millions of people. As they say, the show must go on. Luckily, the Dallas 100 team was introduced to the Shindig platform amid this unprecedented weather and our solution virtually enabled their event during a time where most other organizations were sending out cancelation notices.
French and Mexican Embassies Celebrate International Women’s Day with a virtual forum that included Alice Albright, CEO Global Partnership for Education; Janet Murguia, President & CEO UnidosUS; Cecile Richards, Activist and Co-founder of Supermajority, and Teresa Romero, President United Farm Workers in a panel discussion led by Steve Clemons from the Hill.
The Human Rights Campaign was searching for a platform to host a reception prior to the official Power of Equality Inauguration livestream with a strong networking component as a must have. They chose Shindig specifically for its virtual networking capabilities allowing for hundreds of attendees to connect with each other to share the good energy from the day's festivities.
In conjunction with the broadcast of their Global Citizen Prize, leading philanthropic activism group Global Citizen sought a platform to host an exclusive meet and greet with John Legend for a select group of volunteers who had gone above and beyond this year, so they chose Shindig.
Looking for a virtual theatre to hold a climate change based role-playing game, The UN Foundation employed the Shindig platform. Elements of Change is a role-playing game that required participants to be able to move easily into separate private conversations while also viewing and hearing content intended for them all. Designed to explore the intersections between diplomacy, conflict, and climate change team representing a country and utilized the Shindig private video group chat function to strategize as a team before joining the podium to address the whole group.
The Pennsylvania State Education Association held its formal delegate nomination on Shindig featuring dozens of educators joining the stage in the virtual meeting to address a group of hundreds. The event allowed PSEA delegates to conduct formal votes even though they were not able to convene in person. Organized by production company Tallen Inc., the event was a strong example of a Shindig experience that utilizes the full possibilities of the tech.
Unable to hold the ceremony to present the Freedom Award in person this year, the US Capitol Historical Society turned to Shindig to enable the presentation of this year’s award to Dr. Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress. In a moving ceremony featuring testimonials from DC heavy hitters David Rubenstein, Rep. Jim Clyburn, Sen. Ben Cardin, Speaker Pelosi and many others, Dr. Hayden was brought to the Shindig stage to revel in the kind words spoken in her honor.
Looking to throw a one of a kind virtual celebration for their employees, the team at TracFone turned to Shindig. Complete with live DJ, live mixologist, a magician, latin dance lessons, TracFone’s got talent and special guest, Ken Jennings, hosting TracFone Trivia, this was truly an online event where we can say you had to be there.
Looking for a platform to host the launch event for her latest project, Creative Passport, Imogen Heap and team turned to Shindig to enable an interactive virtual experience for friends and fans alike. Attendees were treated to vibrant conversation with the founders of Creative Passport and were even given the opportunity to come to the stage to join that conversation in front of the entire event.
Looking for a platform to host a virtual holiday get together, YPO Gold turned to Shindig to enable a live mixology experience for their members.
Looking to provide an engaging virtual experience for their members, the Jack & Jill Foundation teamed up with Mary J. Blige and her new venture, Sun Goddess Wines, to host a fantastic virtual wine tasting event. Attendees utilized Shindig’s technology to mix and mingle to a playlist of Mary J Blige hits before being treated to an engaging conversation with Mary about what inspired the new venture. A few lucky attendees were even given the chance to join Mary on stage to share their thoughts on the wine.
As part of a series of social events held on Shindig during Podcast Movement Virtual 2020, Amazon Music sponsored a closing party complete with live mix care of DJ Scooter, a talent competition and costume contest. The many podcasters in attendance were able to connect with one another in video chat groups to reminisce about the fantastic two-week conference as it came to a close.
Amazon treated its staff to a special experience when it hosted acclaimed chef David Chang for an exclusive staff virtual meet up. Moderated by Goodreads CEO Veronica Moss, Amazon team members were given the special opportunity to dive deeper into the experiences behind Chang’s memoir Eat a Peach by asking him their own personal questions in video chat.
Looking to ramp up superfan word of mouth just prior to its premiere Netflix partnered with Amazon Goodreads to host an author panel to promote the release of the new film Enola Holmes. The event featured interviews with authors Jenny Han, Angie Thomas, Roshani Chokshi, and the writer of the Enola Holmes books series herself, Nancy Springer. Over 700 Amazon Goodreads members were in attendance and were treated to amazing commentary from the authors that touched on topics from writing your first novel to adapting a book
Unable to host their annual Summit on The Rise of Global Health Diplomacy in person, Meridian International convened diplomats, dignitaries and ambassadors on Shindig to enable a networking reception for their many high profile attendees. Guests were able to mingle and socialize, as well as hear from Meridian’s CEO and several benefactors. Participants were also treated to exclusive performances by several musicians.
Unable to host in-person discussion panels, Wolfson College at the University of Oxford used Shindig to bring together students to hear from two historians of the Black Lives Matter movement in the United Kingdom. Discussion was given a particularly human dimension using Shindig’s unique feature to enable unparalleled face to face interaction both in the Q&A and in the followup interpersonal attendee discussion.
Public radio station WSHU used Shindig to produce a panel discussion around the topic of the 2020 election for its subscribers and listeners. Featuring contributions from WSHU’s top political contributors, the event sought to engage in discourse about the context of this election in American history while also soliciting donations to benefit the station through interactive calls to action.
Podcast Movement was looking to add higher levels of social interaction to their Podcast Movement Virtual 2020 conference and sought out Shindig for a number of social events, including the Welcome Reception. Sponsored by Spreaker, the event utilized Shindig’s ability to integrate third party applications through the use of a customized Social Point trivia experience embedded within Shindig. It also provided the Podcast Movement community an opportunity to connect with each other in video chats to discuss pertinent topics.
To close out the ONA20 Virtual Conference, in which a number of engaging events were hosted on Shindig, the Online News Association turned to Shindig once again to enable the OJAs -- a resounding finale to the conference. Journalists from around the world convened virtually to honor their colleagues who have excelled in this tumultuous year with a number of prestigious awards recognizing the importance of reporting the truth. Attendees were also able to utilize Shindig’s unique video chat features to mix and mingle with their peers and congratulate the award winners.
Harvard’s Class of 1975 convened on Shindig to honor those that have been lost during this challenging year. Attendees were treated to beautiful speeches and somber musical performances dedicated to loved ones lost. Shindig’s technology allowed this community to come together to celebrate and pay tribute despite being spread across the country and unable to convene in person due to the pandemic.
Continuing on the success of their newly launched Fandom: Trivia series, the folks at Fandom returned for the 5th time with their most popular installation yet. Hundreds of fans from around the world tuned in to test their knowledge on one of the most classic animated shows ever created. To create the show, Fandom utilized Shindig’s sophisticated production tools allowing contestants the opportunity to join in the virtual game show and compete for the $500 cash prize. Fandom 5: Trivia is the perfect example of how a forward thinking brand can utilize Shindig’s unique value proposition to innovate and create entirely new content experiences.
With campus life severely limited Georgetown struggled with how to emphasize that extracurricular activities for the year would continue in robust fashion. So, for their big annual college club fair online Georgetown University turned to Shindig. 2,500 students from over 270 clubs congregated on Shindig and were thereby able to kick off the Fall semester without a hitch -- meeting with one another, participating in presentations and speaking privately with club leaders just as they might have at the traditional in person fair.
West Point wanted to help its passionate alums to enjoy the start of the Army Football season despite not being able to convene in person due to COVID, so they employed Shindig for their opening day Tailgate and watch party. While watching the game on their TVs, alums tuned in to the virtual tailgate experience on Shindig where they could mingle, socialize and share with one another. Organizers offered other updates on topics of interest for alumni as well as engaged all in trivia contests and other icebreaker activities. 100s of alums participated and shared the experience -- their showing of support was undoubtedly a decisive factor in the decisive 42-0 victory over Middle Tennessee State.
Johnson County Democrats secured Representative Adam Schiff, Representative Sharice Davids and other key State officials to speak at their 2020 Gala but due to COVID, they had to move it online. With Shindig’s help they managed to make the event a record breaker, exceeding prior years fundraising at their in person soirees.
Unable to invite top donors to their broadcast studio for wonderful in person renditions of incredible classical music because of COVID-19, the leadership at Colorado Public Radio turned to Shindig for their Legacy Circle contributors virtual event.
For more than a decade, Netroots Nation has hosted the largest annual conference for progressives. In 2020 they had to bring that conference online for the first time ever, so Netroots Nation turned to Shindig to enable an array of networking and social events to bring a deeper layer of interactivity to the conference. Complete with sponsored virtual hallways, a highly entertaining gameshow of political discourse and a moving film premiere, the programming slate on Shindig added incredible social value to the conference and assisted in spreading the best of tech and best practices amongst progressive grassroots leadership.
Looking for better options to connect with their fans during COVID and utterly tired of the platforms they had tried, Aly & AJ turned to Shindig to curate a VIP experience for their fan club featuring the digital premiere of their recent live performance at Bowery Ballroom in NYC and a meet & greet with adoring fans.
A major multinational technology consultancy found themselves unable to bring their global teams together for the traditional multi day retreat. As among the most prominent tech consultancies in the world they knew their choice for virtual event platform would be carefully scrutinized by senior leadership and their audience of top sales performers would not accept anything less than absolute state of the art perfection. They ultimately looked to Shindig to power the series of 20 events spanning 5 days involving their professionals from across the globe -- from Japan to Europe to the Americas. Attendees were treated to speeches from company leadership honoring their success, a performance from the band that was booked to play at the in-person event and perhaps most importantly leadership personally circulating amongst the assembled to give personal recognition in innumerable private conversations.
The Online News Association was fearful that their virtual Emerging Tech Conference would fall flat without the networking and socializing amongst participants that fueled their in person conference. They sought out Shindig to add a meet and greet to allow attendees the opportunity to connect with each other face to face while discussing the applications of the new technologies that were the subject of the talks.
The ANA’s 40 year old Global Ace Awards are a linchpin for the advertising community. In realizing them virtually, the ANA sought a format worthy of the great creative minds and content they were celebrating. Catering to lions of the creative community, they knew that their own creative had to be more than just a Zoom call.
Innovation for Equity's desire to acknowledge their members’ achievements was not to be put off by COVID, so they elected to host their Clap For ‘Em awards ceremony on Shindig. The event allowed the community to celebrate the tremendous achievements of their pioneering fellow educators. And to show that IFE educators are not just teaching to the test, the event featured a DJ and social elements worthy of the achievements being celebrated.
On the occasion of his birthday and loving the idea of answering fan questions face to face on Shindig, Kevin Smith organized a 50 years, 50 questions fan event.
Anthropologists study human behavior. Thus unsurprisingly when forced to move their biennial conference to online the European Association of Social Anthropologists chose Shindig to help recreate all the natural behaviors and fluid dynamic interactivity that their community recognized as critical to successful events, be they online or in person.
Podcast Movement hosted a mixer for the attendees of their SHIFT2020 Conference. After the conference, attendees joined the Shindig event and listened to music while socializing and discussing topics from the presentations earlier in the day.
CT Dems showcase that they can respond to the COVID-19 crisis and not miss a beat; offering their delegates the degree of natural interpersonal exchange of opinions they would have had at the in-person convention, on Shindig.
Harvard Seniors gather for Shindig enabled Commencement receptions, Senior Dinners and Departmental Award Ceremonies marking their milestone rite of passage with social celebrations despite COVID-19.
Macmillan sought to promote platinum artist Mikel Jollett’s new Memoir and enlisted Shindig to power National Book Tour
When Covid causes doors to close on local in person beat battles, another opens on global beat battle events with legendary hip hop producers.
Reunion Class doesn't let Covid interfere with their planned celebration and instead party online at a Shindig enabled Reunion Dance Party with live DJ, MC and chance for all to show they still got their moves.
UK Charity leverages their Celebrity support for uniquely engaging fundraising series that gives participants once in a lifetime opportunity to sing together online with their favorite artists.
Yale 80 brings their missed in-person event online with Q&A’s with Yale administrators, talks by prominent classmates, the Whiffs and multiple other live performances and plenty of unstructured socializing
Creative Team Head seeks to keep the team in peak form during crisis by injecting casual online social experiences into their schedule of unrelenting Zoom calls.
Executives from self-isolated locations around the globe convene with greater interactivity that Zoom, Teams or another tech can provide
Reunion Weekend is brought to a close with a moving online In Memoriam Ceremony with multi-denominational commemorations, musical performances and personal remembrances from classmates
Congresswoman Madeleine Dean brings campaign fundraising online with all the personal touch that her in person events were known for.
Yale class of 1980 uses Shindig as a resource to virtually connect during COVID-19. They utilize the unique Shindig functionality to play a game and have a reunion with friends.
North & South Dakota Senators hosted a town hall to meet constituents face to face and address challenges facing founders amidst the COVID-19 crisis.
In order to accommodate the COVID outbreak and still serve their students, CCM needed to make a full transition of college, from classes to faculty meetings to community outreach.
AHSIE had 72 hours to plan and confirm 60+ sessions and train presenters. The decision was made on Wednesday. The transformation happened Thursday through Saturday. And the virtual conference launched on Sunday.