Client  Knight Foundation
Event  Knight Public Spaces Forum
Who  1,000+ Public space leaders across 2 days
Where  Virtual Platform – Hopin
Date  21 – 22 October 2020


Amidst the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Knight Foundation more than even wanted to continue their powerful public spaces event to focus on spaces that support a sense of connection and better information sharing for communities. This event plays an essential role in helping public space leaders to cultivate equitable public spaces and leverage technology in the public realm.


We partnered with Knight Foundation to create an engaging and impactful 2-day virtual event in 4 weeks. The event was dedicated to bringing together the public space leaders from across the Unites States to continue their work focussing on the transformative power of public spaces, which has become even more essential when facing the challenges of 2020.

The event

The Knight Public Spaces Forum featured over 50 amazing speakers including Alberto Ibargüen (President and CEO, Knight Foundation), Jennifer Allen and Gia Biagi – Commissioner, Chicago Department of Transportation.

We hosted the Knight Public Spaces Forum on Hopin which ensured our partners were able to learn from their community leaders, exchange ideas, discuss current events and seek connections for their public space projects.

What we did differently from a normal live event?

A lot of time was spent reviewing the agenda when moving from the live event format to a virtual event to ensure that attendees were engaged throughout the 2 days and that they were able to showcase varied viewpoints from across the country.

Speakers were taken through a training call prior to the event to ensure we were able to make the most of their at home, or in office set up for the event.

What we did that was the same?

emc3 apply the same attention to detail to all virtual events as we do with live events. We place a large emphasis on the attendees experience and worked with Knight Foundation to ensure that their focus on how leaders from across the country are pivoting their public spaces in response to the COVID-19 crisis, economic downturn, and the most recent wave of racial justice movements was met throughout the whole event.