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Everything you need to know about FastForums

Events in the moment, explained

FastForums: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

What is FastForums?

FastForums is a new brand of short fast paced, on trend events brought to you by the largest event organizer in the world.

Who are behind FastForums events?

All FastForums events are proudly produced by the Informa Connect division of Informa.

Why FastForums?

If you’re asking about the name, we’re riffing on the definition of acumen (“keen insight, shrewdness”) and mashing it up with the “any day of the year” nature of virtual.

If you’re asking why we decided now is the time to launch a brand that specializes in short, virtual-only events, there are a few reasons for this.

When the COVID-19 pandemic started, Informa Connect was forced to postpone or cancel many events and take a long, hard look at platforms to run virtual events. When it became clear the pandemic would be prolonged, we accelerated the plan to run digital events.

In 2020, Informa Connect ran more than 300 virtual events. Needless to say, we got good at delivering virtual events, but we also learned a lot about what Informa Connect customers needed. 

What did our research suggest?

Our research showed that there was a need for short yet insightful events that are engaging and deliver value.

The research also showed that people wanted more time to digest what speakers were saying from the stage. As we dug into that, it became clear that the audience really wanted to have the option of playing back sessions that they loved or didn’t fully understand or maybe even disagreed with. Virtual events make capturing those sessions much easier and cost effective.

The last thing the research confirmed, is that when someone says “no” to an event it might be because a date doesn’t work, or the event is too long, or maybe the travel costs are too high. The FastForums approach to events eliminates all of those variables.

Is Informa Connect getting out of the events business?

First, FastForums events are events. They’re virtual only, and they’ll be much shorter than what you might be used to. They’ll also be surprisingly affordable. Second, no… Informa Connect will continue to create the industry-leading events they are famous for.


Every FastForums event is delivered on our proprietary virtual event platform, which was created to elevate events by simply being better. Better Networking. Better Spontaneity. Better Learning, Better Experience.

Meet & Connect

Enjoy real-time insight and interaction: see who else is watching the live presentations and network with them within the virtual summit room!

You will be able to submit questions to the speakers through the platform chat feature or be invited on-stage with their camera and/or audio only to ask questions from the speaker or panel, much as you would in a live conference hall setting with a microphone.

Focused group chats

You will be able to join interactive roundtable discussions. These are breakout sessions which will form part of the agenda and give you the opportunity for meaningful discussions with other peers attending the event on specific topic areas in the event


There’s a video that will do a much better job of answering that question, but we sought to incorporate into the platform as many of the familiar, “defining” elements of IRL (in-real-life) events as we could. There’s badge pickup, there’s networking, there’s an exhibit hall. Yes, a lot of platforms make the same claims, but we go back to the more than 300 events we ran in 2020. We know our way is better.

There are timely events, and then there are FastForums events.

Short, progressive and insightful virtual events designed to engage and inspire business professionals.