The 2020 Virtual Surpass Conference Wins Gold Award for Best Online Event at the UK Business Awards

Surpass Conference Award Winner 2021 for Best Online Event

The annual Surpass Conference, a long-established event that brings together Surpass users to collaborate, share and interact directly with all levels of the company, has been victorious at this year’s UK Business Awards, taking gold in the “Best Online Event” category. The award was presented to BTL Group Ltd, the UK-based office and primary team behind the conference, acknowledging the amazing resilience and ingenuity put into delivering its first virtual conference in the wake of challenges posed by the COVID pandemic.

The Surpass Conference is an annual event for the global Surpass Community, with the aim of bringing assessment experts together to attend presentations and workshops from industry thought-leaders, share experiences and ideas on testing technology, and network with others in the sector.

Due to COVID, plans for the 2020 in-person event had to be changed drastically, but despite the challenges there was an opportunity to take a well-established conference to the next level. Delivering such a large event virtually for the first time required creativity and innovation. The Surpass team successfully delivered the event over 3 days, with a live broadcast from hosts in the UK and USA offices simultaneously. There were workshops, group discussions and presentations from an excellent lineup of speakers, including guests from Microsoft and the World Bank. Attendance for this event was 300% greater than previous, in-person conferences. Read more about the success of the 2020 Surpass Conference.

“We are delighted to be awarded gold for this year’s Surpass Conference. The Surpass team regularly offers updates and information through interactive webinars and news bulletins, but the Surpass Conference is an event that delivers huge value to our community by enabling them to come together and share their experiences, challenges and successes. As soon as we decided not to hold an in-person event for 2020, the event team were determined to ensure the virtual event retained that interactive, collaborative feeling and immediately started investigating how we could use various technologies to create something on par. I’m extremely proud of their achievement and we’ll be using what we’ve learned this year to plan hybrid events [in-person with online joining opportunities] in the future.”

Ben Brady, Marketing Manager at BTL

About the UK Business Awards

The UK Business Awards is part of Awards International, a prestigious awards program that aims to give recognition to outstanding business initiatives throughout the world.