The more than 500 physicians who attended the Vascular Interventional Advances Conference in October at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas got some very interactive learning experiences, thanks to computers in the lecture hall. Among the perks were live streamed content, individual question and answer, and polling.

"The doctors are very excited about this new opportunity for learning," says Andy Kochendorfer, the operations manager for ON24, which provided the system. Kochendorfer also served as the on-site technical coordinator. "Creating a private LAN for over 500 desktops during the event was no small task, and this is the largest interactive training system for an event that I'm aware of," he says. "Not only were the doctors able to interact with the presenters and experts during the event and respond to live polling questions, they also received live slide and video content streamed directly to each desktop. The doctors got a high-resolution view of detailed live surgery video."

Each physician also could access on-demand content—including patient cases and instructional materials—on a Web site created. During and after the event, the event staff could access a database of information detailing attendee physician questions, answers from the experts, attendee logons, and survey responses by attendee.