by Michael J. Shapiro | January 16, 2013

 The Metro Toronto Convention Center and the Dallas Convention Center are the first venues to obtain the Digital Event Center designation from the Virtual Edge Institute. VEI's DEC program provides venues and operators with a readiness review of the facility, employees and technology partners for planning and executing digital or hybrid events. Venues that obtain the designation will be able to provide a single-source hybrid event package, through VEI, for event organizers who wish to take advantage of the simplified approach. "The Digital Event Center program was developed as a result of research that showed many event professionals were interested in adding hybrid extensions to their events, but were unsure of how to proceed, were worried about costs, and felt they didn't have the resources to plan and manage the whole process," said Michael Doyle, executive director of VEI. "This program offers them a simple solution with a set price and agreed-upon features and scope." More information about VEI's Digital Event Center and Digital Event Strategist designations is available at or