2: Johnny Boufarhat, Age 27

Company: Hopin

Age: 27

Website: https://hopin.com/

Business:The leading shared experiences platform.


About Johnny and Hopin

Johnny Boufarhat is an Australian-born British billionaire who founded Hopin, the leading shared experiences platform that enables immersive and interactive connection from anywhere. Through its all-in-one event management solution, anyone can create live virtual, hybrid and in-person events and attendees can learn, interact, and connect with people from anywhere in the world.

When Hopin was being developed, their aim was to give organisers the ability to recreate the in-person event experience as closely as possible, but online and all in one place. They saw a gap in the market as nothing like Hopin currently existed. They knew it would be a tall order, but over time, they’ve produced innovative features to recreate the in-person event experience online.


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Whether you’re hosting a live training workshop, bringing your company’s remote team together, or launching a full-scale digital conference, it’s easy to create an engaging Hopin event for hundreds of thousands of people to attend.

Johnny founded Hopin on several core beliefs: that access is essential, that true connection requires engagement, and that technology unlocks opportunity. They recognise the necessity for equal access – regardless of nationality, gender, physical, ability, socioeconomic status, or any other barrier – in our world of unprecedented opportunity.

Perhaps even more essential in a post-COVID world, Hopin emphasises the importance of being about to take part in experiences that make us feel inspired, energised, and emotionally engaged, even when we can’t physically be together. Hopin realises that when used thoughtfully and with empathy, the internet and technology can be the greatest enablers of innovation, inclusivity, social mobility, and human progress.

With Hopin, Johnny created a solution to help reduce CO2 emissions whilst also helping people attend events they would otherwise not have access to. This includes those who may not be able to afford ticket prices, those with disabilities facing non-accessible events, and other professionals who can’t take the time off work to attend events.

Hopin’s platform enables users to host up to 100,000 people virtually for an event that’s anything from a few hours to a few days long. It’s virtual venues can replicate much of the experience from a physical event, with main stages, backstages, expos, face-to-face networking, group breakout sessions and more.


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