Virtual platforms continue to improve and refine their networking tools and their ability to connect with key business apps. Many are focussing on better networking, improving the hybrid meeting experience, and integrations with complementary business tools.

Some recent developments include:

Shindig has added a virtual lobby for networking which can be used by in-person and online attendees during a hybrid meeting. Emulating a real-life lobby, it allows participants to see who is talking to whom, who is free for conversation, conversations can merge, and individuals can move from person to person;

Projection is a full-service, nationwide audiovisual rental and production company with a long history of serving the meetings and convention industry. It has developed a hybrid meeting-content management tool – ProjectionNet –  with a central platform for physical and virtual presenters to upload and review presentations; a process for booking technical support and recording appointments; and integration with abstract management systems and virtual platforms.

Intrado Corporation has partnered with Interprefy, a cloud-based service for remote simultaneous interpretation. Working with Interprefy gives Intrado’s webcasting solution, Studio, the ability to overlay audio tracks on video presentations in 26 languages;

Digitell’s  OPUS DX virtual-event platform now has a new networking feature for hybrid events. The two groups – real-life and virtual –  are able to use the same event page to view the agenda, build itineraries, access handouts, and complete evaluations. It includes the Attendee Connect tool, which allows participants to add background information and connect with others through one-on-one video or text chat’

Airmeet has  integrated with key customer-relationship apps, such as Marketo, Salesforce, Hubspot, and Mailchimp. It now also connects with registration provider Eventbrite, Interprefy for remote simultaneous interpretation, and Zapier, which facilitates integrations with other web applications; and,

BlueJeans Events has added several enhancements to its virtual-events platform. Event hosts can customize a live stream player with individual BlueJeans Events widgets for chat, Q&A, and polling; closed-captioning is fully supported and free; speakers, emcees, and event managers have an “back-of-the-house” group chat box; and hosts can upload an audio playlist of pre- and post-event music. The platform also now integrates with MootUp, for events in 3D virtual spaces.