Industry: Insurance and Wealth Management
Organization: Canada LifeLocation: Vancouver, Canada
Use-case: Team-building festivities and annual holiday party
Challenge: Hosting an engaging virtual event that doesn't feel like a typical work meeting
Solution: Kumospace's spatial audio feature, virtual drinks, and immersive environments spark serendipitous conversations and engagement.
Customer Quote: "I love how fun it was in Kumospace to freely mingle, engage, and break off into different conversations."
As an organizer of his company's online company holiday party, Jeff Nason wanted his upcoming events to break away from the monotony of Zoom. Nason, an Advanced Case Consultant for Canada Life, chose the immersive online chat platform Kumospace for his event.
"I was looking for something different that didn't feel like a PowerPoint presentation," Nason says. He chose Kumospace largely because of its spatial audio feature in which guests can speak to individuals within their audio range, which allows for multiple conversations at once.
"I love how fun it was in Kumospace to freely mingle, engage, and break off into different conversations."
Nason recreated an intimate setting for his Canada Life team in Kumospace's virtual living room. Approximately 23 guests got a kick out of pouring virtual drinks and the ability to move around and have side conversations. Nason's success with the party led him to lead other events on Kumospace, including post-conference online social gatherings, a virtual wine tasting, online parties complete with prize drawings, and a virtual drop-in space for what Nason calls water cooler-type chats.
Nason, who lives and works in Vancouver, Canada, first discovered Kumospace after attending a professional event he found out about on LinkedIn. "The technology itself seemed really interesting," Nason says. At the event, he loved the serendipitous quality of the conversations, something that had been lacking in several months packed with Zoom interactions and phone calls. "It felt almost like being face to face," Nason says.
In the months since Nason first used Kumospace in late 2020, the platform has evolved with customizable spaces, a vast collection of new furniture, interactive games, and floor templates including a Cocktail Lounge, Beach, Disco Club, and Rooftop Bar. This year, holiday features will include special theme floors, interactive furniture, and decor such as pumpkins, wreaths, colorful gifts, and festive trees.
Nason returns to Kumsopace for the continuous novelty. He reflects: "One thing that I really appreciated with Kumospace, is that every time I log in there's more functionality and more options for things."