It’s been a great year. It was full of brilliant events, awesome new connections and unforgettable moments. It was not easy to pick our highlights, but we hope you enjoy this look back at 2016.
Our team tripled in size and is now operating from twelve different cities around the world. We completely redesigned our audience app and revamped the admin interface. And finally, we helped to make over 21,000 events more interactive. That’s 350% more than in 2015.
Last year, over 1.3M participants actively used Slido to ask almost 700,000 questions, which accounts for roughly 8.5M words. With this word count, we could write the entire series of The Game of Thrones almost five times.
People were also eager to participate in live polls sending close to 2.2M votes over the past twelve months.
But it’s not only about the final numbers or reaching goals. It’s about a continuous journey. And we are grateful to all our clients, partners and team members who are sharing this path with us and helping us grow.
We appreciate your trust. We really do.
And while we’re on it, here are some more defining moments for Slido in 2016:
Start of the hiring spree
The team is everything. In January we started with 15 people. By the end of the year, our ranks grew to 52 members who are now relentlessly developing Slido or doing their best to help our clients organize better meetings.
Partnership with Livestream
Every February our CEO Peter sets off to San Francisco for the legendary SaaStr conference. And this is where he met with Livestream SVP of Sales & Marketing Sam Jacobs and laid the foundation for our partnership. Since then, we worked on dozens of amazing clients together around the world.
For the third year running, we partnered with the SXSWedu team to “provide a more unique and engaging environment” for their 5,000+ attendees. With over 2,100 submitted questions and 1,800 active participants, SXSWedu was our most interactive external conference of the year and one of our absolute highlights!
We’re thrilled to be heading back to Austin for the 2017 edition in March.
Releasing our redesigned audience app
April was about product updates! We released our completely redesigned and much faster audience app. It was a big step forward that brought along faster search, better performance, and lots of UX improvements.
Vltava Run – 360 km Rally Run
We like to challenge ourselves outside the office too. Passing the rally from hand to hand, twelve of our Slido team members completed a 360 km run from the southern borders of the Czech Republic to Prague in 32h 11min. The best team-building ever!
Organizing our first client event in London
In June, we jumped into an event planner’s seat and pulled off our first client event in London. We invited a panel of some of the most forward-looking event professionals in London to share their tips on how to take the audience interaction to the next level.
Following up on this successful event, we’re now organizing The Event of the Future in New York on February 16. Register here to join us.
New interface for Slido administrators
We kept ourselves busy in summer too. After months of complex development, we started migrating the admin interface to a single-page application completely built on our API. The experience for organizers is much faster and smoother as a result.
What a fruitful month! In August, three beautiful babies were born to Slido parents, setting the total count in 2016 at six newborn babies.
Supporting clients from 12 cities
We always try to be close to our clients. From September, we started supporting our clients 24/5 from 12 different cities in Europe, US, Asia and Australia to respond to a growing number of events in these key regions.
Faster response time
Our customers’ success has always been our utmost priority. We always try to be there for our clients, starting with the very first contact. In November, with almost 1,000 events each week, we managed to decrease our average first reply response time by 50% to less than one hour.
Winning The Event Tech of the Year Award
For the second year in a row, we scooped The Event Tech of the Year Award at the PPA Connect Awards in London following The Best Conference Supplier Award from July. It was a great way to wrap up an incredible year and we truly appreciate the feedback from such a distinguished jury.
We can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store and we promise to keep pushing the boundaries and do our best to help you organize amazing events.