Chess in the spotlight
Unlike the vast majority of sporting events that had to be canceled due to anti-epidemiological measures, chess tournaments had the great advantage of being able to take place on-line. After the initial uncertainty, big tournaments were organized in this way; in our country it was, for example, the Czech Republic Blitz Chess Championship, in the world it was, for example, the European Championship, but also other spectator-attractive events such as the elite players’ tournament organized by world champion Carlsen.
Prague Spring on the Internet
It seemed impossible for such a traditional event as the musical Prague Spring to take place on the Internet, but in the end that's exactly what happened. Eleven concerts, starting with the traditional Má vlast (My Homeland) and ending with a recital by the Canadian violinist Ehnes, were enjoyed by spectators in an absolutely unprecedented way in the comfort and safety of their homes both here and in the world.
Studying in bed
Universities quickly adapted to the new situation and began to ensure their students get on-line lectures or videoconference consultations. However, some universities also offered webinars and courses for the public, so that people could devote time spent in isolation to studying the fields that interest them, provided by leading Czech and world experts.
Professional conferences with an emphasis on security
Specific events are professional conferences, which bring together experts from all over the country or even around the world and thus carry an increased risk of infection. Here, too, many promoters - whether medical, educational, business, IT or economics conferences - took the opportunity to move the program to the Internet.
One of the largest and most important events to take place in the Czech Republic, but eventually happened on-line, was the ICHEP 2020 conference, which was originally to welcome 1,200 scientists in Prague, including Nobel Prize winners in particle physics.
Corporate events in a virtual environment
Corona virus also affected the functioning of most commercial and non-profit companies, which had to reduce or cancel mass meetings, conferences or trainings all of the sudden. Fortunately, most of these activities can take place on-line, so flexible team managers found ways to accomplish all that mattered. Among other things, some teambuilding events started to move into the virtual environment, which has allowed team members to stay in other than purely work contact and at the same time take a break from stress and anxiety from an unusual situation.