Are you planning a conference or trade show that’s gone online? There are tons of cool virtual event platforms and apps out there that help take your event to the next level

When planning a virtual conference, trade show or meeting, one thing’s for sure, a virtual venue of some sort is needed. A central place where guests will register for an event, network with other attendees, and drive engagement. That’s where virtual event platforms come in. Using these tools is an integral part of making your virtual event a success.

Before choosing an online event app for your conference or meeting, take time to think about the purpose and goals of the event, your budget, the activities that’ll be included, the amount and type of attendees. Keep this in mind when choosing which virtual event platform to use.

Here are 6 virtual event platforms to considering using for your next event:

virtual event platforms


Zoom is a popular video conference and meeting platform. It’s available for both web, mobile, and dial-in options and can accommodate up to 1000 participants per session. In addition to live chat, screensharing and recordings, there is also the cool Zoom room feature that can be used for conference rooms, training rooms and more.

Best used for: meetings, webinars, parties, teambuilding events


Hopin is a cool virtual event app with interactive areas where attendees can hop in and out like a live event. The platform supports events of all sizes and has some awesome features like event sales and registration, one-on-one meetings, expo booths, chat, an event stage and more. It has an easy-to-use interface that allows you to build your event in minutes.

Best used for: conferences, trade shows, workshops


INXPO is an entreprise video-streaming platform that creates what they call “TV-style” event experiences. It allows for live streaming with on-demand viewing, video portals, webcasts and more. The platform is very robust and can be customized and branded extensively. It’s a great solution for hybrid events (events that are both in-person and online) and for events hosting thousands of attendees.

Best used for: conferences, trade shows, product launches, marketing events, corporate communications


An all-in-one virtual event platform which allows you to build both virtual and hybrid events. The platform has tons of features and integrations with other apps. It also imports attendees’ LinkedIn account into their profiles, includes live polling, chat, session registration, and the app can be completely branded for a custom experience.

Best used for: large conferences, summits, hybrid events


Workcast calls themselves “Webinar Experts” and the virtual event platform is great for lead generation and marketing. It can accommodate up to 50,000 attendees and engage them with features like polls, surveys, Q&As, and more.

Best used for: webinars, training events, marketing events, corporate communications


Vfairs is virtual event software that creates immersive online events. Some of its great features include its virtual lobby, exhibitor booths, virtual briefcases, and more. The platform is very robust. They have templates that can be used to create events easily, or you can work with their team to create something custom.

Best used for: conferences, trade shows/expos, career fairs

virtual event platforms for conferences

As you can see, there are a number of options available for your virtual event needs. Each of the virtual event platforms has its strengths and weaknesses, and it’s important to understand the types of events that work best on each one, your budget and event goals. If you’ve got some virtual event ideas you’d like to incorporate, like icebreaker games or corporate teambuilding activities, having a look at the integrations available is crucial as well. There’s something out there for everyone, and with the right planning, your event will be a huge success!