The Virtual Island Summit - Over 12,000 attendees

The Virtual Island Summit (VIS) is a free online event connecting remote, rural and island communities to share common experiences and learn from innovators and experts. VIS uses video conferencing technology to bring together island communities from across the world at a zero-carbon conference.

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A big part of our goal for the summit has been to connect as many people, especially island residents, as possible and facilitate a shared feeling of a global community and desire to work together with other individuals and organizations from around the world.

Through this global platform, we hope to be able to facilitate and speed up the collaboration necessary for the creation and sharing of solutions to combat climate change, and help to create more sustainable and resilient communities everywhere, as the issues facing islands are going to increasingly face everyone. This is why it is so vital that the Virtual Island Summit creates a collective mindset to solve these large scale global issues.

Our Approach

A fundamental part of our approach to the Virtual Island Summit is to emphasize the need for input and partnerships from across the private, public, academic and NGO sectors. Attendees have the opportunity to listen to and learn from over 100 different world-class experts from diverse backgrounds including world leaders, policymakers, entrepreneurs, academics and NGO leaders. The daily sessions are in various formats and the summit imitates a traditional in-person event with opportunities for attendees to interact with speakers and other attendees. As the event is free to attend, this ensures maximum accessibility to expertise from a variety of fields. 

Following on from the success of the first Virtual Island Summit in 2019, we aimed to make the 2020 and 2021 iterations more impactful events, connecting much greater numbers of attendees and speakers. The summit grew to 10,000 and 12,000 attendees, more than triple the 4,000 attendees in the first year. To help achieve this goal, we expanded our team and initiated new growth programs, including our Ambassador and Local Events programs, which were both successful. We were able to significantly expand the number of Sponsors and Partners, as well as the number of speakers.

Let's work together

Our team of experts working together remotely across the world, create customized services to help deliver and exceed the results you are looking for.

Launch a virtual event

Develop a successful virtual event including marketing, promotion, live management and technical system design.

Promote your project

Digital marketing services, including copywriting, newsletter creation, PR, web design and social media strategy.

Book James Ellsmoor

Book award-winning entrepreneur and sustainability expert James Ellsmoor, our founder and Director, for speaking events or 1-1 coaching.

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Our Services

Island Innovation Agency

We are a full-service marketing and public relations agency which offers unique insights into islands and sustainability

Island Innovation Services

Amplify your impact, create new opportunities

Through our services, we support the growth of organizations that develop sustainability projects or invest in island regions. Our guidance ranges from strategic advice to project coordination. We consistently achieve excellent results for our clients, thanks to our highly experienced team and our extensive reach in the sustainability market.

Support founders and/or community leaders who want to positively impact the world. Align your brand with the most innovative projects driving sustainable development further.
We provide great media relations services to enhance your brand exposure. Through crafting an attractive narrative, producing and distributing press releases, and pitching journalists with stories, we spread the word about innovative organizations and their endeavors worldwide.
Virtual and hybrid events are ideal to promote your initiatives to a global audience. We are the only social enterprise to create bespoke events for organizations looking to connect with island communities and stakeholders.
We present online communities as a tool for fostering innovation and strengthening communications. Through building online spaces to exchange knowledge, resources, and support, you can facilitate the achievement of shared goals.
Our digital marketing services include copywriting, web design, social media strategy and management. We can also deliver a comprehensive strategic plan and training for your team and help them maximize the success of your marketing strategy.
We develop creative ways of promoting your destination and its unique benefits to attract visitors, remote workers, investment, and businesses. Count on our expert team to help you turn sustainable tourism into a driver of socio-economic progress.
Showcase your products and services to our audiences and promote your organization to potential clients. We offer several sponsorship opportunities for our annual events, as well as paid insertions on our newsletter, social media, and more.

We are a full-service marketing and public relations agency which offers unique insights into islands and sustainability

We combine technical expertise with creativity to achieve meaningful results and send messages that matter. Need help with developing a consistent strategy for amplifying the impact of your brand or project? 

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Discover the power of our community

We deliver value to our clients through our expertise, experience and unique international perspectives. We can help you and your projects reach a new audience, by helping you to connect with our growing and engaged network.

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Our expertise in sustainable development, community building and humanized communications makes us thrive in competitive markets. We have access to a unique exchange of knowledge through our global network of more than 130,000 engaged members. Island Innovation is a trusted resource within island communities and only works with organizations which support our mission.

Many organizations invest in building communities to create authentic relationships among their customers, employees, partners, and audiences. We will help you start a community from scratch, provide inspiring information about your purpose, highlight your values and keep your members engaged.

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