“This is the future of the event”: #MILLSUMMIT 2021 has brought a new hybrid model that will last
The 2021 Millennium Summit showed us that the future is fusion.
The vast majority of this year’s annual professional development series was virtual, using a Zoom-integrated application that allowed participants to enter and exit panels, ask questions and “visit” suppliers. But the third and final afternoon session, including the opening speeches of Jimmie Allen and Deesha Dyer and a star panel on black voices in entertainment, was something different.
Taking place on the open concept fourth floor of the CSC Station, the event was much smaller than the usual IRL peaks in Chase Center by the river, and it was by COVID-19-necessary design. The whole setup was a room (plus a green room), a stage and a small audience, plus a production setup to film and broadcast the speeches and the panel live. There were free #MILLSUMMIT-branded masks, snacks and coffee, along with a photo backdrop.
The result was intimate, with less of the rushed pace that sometimes accompanied events at the Chase Center. Those live-streamed speeches and panel were the only sessions scheduled after 1 p.m. Wednesday, spread out enough to make it feel relaxed.
Meanwhile, the summit’s virtual events, which were sometimes stacked with up to three sessions in the same time slot, had their recordings released shortly after they ended, so you can browse them and come back to watch the ones you want. you missed.
For those waiting for events to return in person, CSC sessions were a welcome change from virtual panels. Yes, this year’s virtual panels were great, but you almost forgot the energy that comes from a good panel in person. It didn’t hurt that the guests, Allen and Dyer at Philadelphia Highway and Blake the brain, are pros with personality.
Between two hybrid sessions, Charles Vincent, Executive Director of the #MILLSUMMIT Host Organization Impact of the spur, turned to me and said, “This is the future of the event.”
With luck and cooperation, let’s hope #MILLSUMMIT 2022 doesn’t need to hand out masks or reduce the number of in-person attendees, but the hybrid model has been proven successful.
Here is an excerpt from the panel “Through the Creator’s Lens: Elevating Black Voices in Entertainment”, starring Allen, Freeway, ToutHipHop founder Grumpy Greg Watkins and Dream hunters lawyer Sharded Simpson, moderated by a lawyer and a community advocate Louise cummings. The question posed to the panelists was, “Do you feel pressured to use your platform for advocacy in a way that your white counterparts are not under pressure, or do you see this as an opportunity?” “