Networking Tips For Virtual and Hybrid Events

August 10, 2021

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With the emergence of COVID-19, hybrid and virtual events have exploded in the last 18 months as an industry necessity. Handshakes might be off the table in a time of socially distanced virtual events, but professional connections and networking are still possible.  As a hybrid and virtual event attendee:

  • You still get access to all the event information and insights from speakers
  • You reduce time/financial commitments required to attend
  • You can attend the event whilst in your pjs (bonus!)

At the same time, hybrid and virtual conferences can be an adjustment, especially if it is your first time attending one.

In acknowledgement of the uncertain times we are in, The National Cleantech Conference and Exhibition 2021 will be delivered as a hybrid event, live and live-streamed, enabling our community to attend in person or virtually from anywhere in the world.

So, if you chose to attend virtually, how exactly will you network and meet people at NCTCE 2021?

The team at NCTCE 2021 are highly skilled in virtual networking and have scheduled time in the program each day dedicated to networking with the speakers and other attendees and chatting with exhibitors properly – face-to-face!  As event planners and attendees of thousands of events ourselves, we know that attending a conference is about who you meet, the deals you do, the contacts you make, the ideas you share just as much as it is about the sessions you attend.  

Here are our tips on networking during NCTCE 2021 or any hybrid or virtual event you plan on attending.

1. Visit the meeting hub for attendee to attendee virtual connections

Here, you can find other attendees based on answers to profile questions, share contact details and make notes.  When you first sign in you will need to set up your profile, this information will be shared via the meeting hub with other attendees you make a connection with, so make sure you complete this if you are keen to make some new contacts.

It’s in the meeting hub that you can reach out to other attendees, request a live text chat, video call, send a message or schedule a meeting. This part of the platform will be live a few days prior to the event so you can jump in and schedule meetings to make the most of your time online over the three days. 

2. Networking sessions 

In the networking sessions, you are randomly placed into groups of two, three or four, it’s a full two-way video chat and just like a live networking event you can talk with other attendees, create connections, and have a great time networking.  These sessions will last about 5 minutes each, so when it wraps up you can join another one.

3. Visit the virtual exhibition

The virtual exhibition will be open each day to visit with exhibitors just like you would at an in person meeting.   You can view exhibitor profiles, download brochures, watch videos, and have instant video meetings with exhibitors.  Once again, if you are proactive there are plenty of opportunities to meet new industry professionals or catch up with old colleagues over the three days. 

Who Will I Meet at NCTCE2021?

Attracting 350+ delegates and over 40 exhibitors from across Australia, this conference will bring together four key sectors across the industries of waste, water, energy, mobility, manufacturing, agriculture and built environment.  The roles within these sectors will include:


  • Corporate executives
  • Developers
  • Architects
  • Consultants
  • Engineers
  • Procurement Managers
  • Infrastructure Managers
  • Energy/Waste/Resource Managers


  • Incubators
  • Start-ups
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Consultants
  • Growth and advanced Cleantech companies
  • Education providers

Government (Local, State and Federal)

  • Large infrastructure project management
  • Policy and planning managers
  • Sustainability managers
  • Economic development officers
  • Procurement managers
  • Energy managers
  • Education and health providers


  • Venture capitalists
  • Finance managers
  • Sustainability managers
  • Green Investors
  • Superannuation funds

For more information on attending NCTCE 2021, please visit our website

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