Forward Fest’s 11th year was successful as a virtual event

Forward Fest

Forward Fest’s success with a virtual platform may make for hybrid conferences in years to come.

The Madison-based, entrepreneur-centric festival wrapped up on Aug. 20 for the 11th year -- but this time on a virtual platform. Forward Fest spokesperson Hilary Stohs-Krause attributed the benefits of a virtual platform -- no commute, no babysitter, no time off of work and no ticket -- to an attendance increase. 

This year, Forward Fest attracted over 5,500 attendees, up from 4,303 the year before, from 16 different countries and 53 states and provinces. That’s a change from just two in...

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