Event technology conference moves to larger venue after sell-out success last year
LONDON – Cvent, Inc., a market leader in meetings, events, and hospitality technology, is set to welcome hundreds of industry professionals to the second annual Cvent CONNECT Europe conference. Following the sell-out success of the inaugural event in 2017, the conference will nearly double in size and will be hosted at the Business Design Centre in London, 1st – 2nd October 2018. Cvent also announced that Laura Schwartz, former Director of Events at the White House during the Clinton administration, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s event.
Cvent CONNECT Europe will provide attendees with more than 50 educational sessions covering the latest industry trends and best practices in addition to offering a hands-on experience in the Innovation Pavilion where Cvent’s latest product enhancements and innovations will be showcased in a live-demonstration setting.
The Power of Live
The theme of this year’s conference is “The Power of Live” which will focus in on the positive impact that live events have on the business world. The conference will offer joint sessions for both event and hospitality professionals to enable further networking opportunities among attendees and will also feature a Supplier Showcase to connect event organisers with top venues and destinations.
As the former White House Director of Events, Laura Schwartz created events that represented a nation and inspired the world. At just 19, she arrived at the White House with no political connections and volunteered answering phones in the press office, quickly climbing her way up the ranks as a Staff Assistant, the Midwest Press Secretary, the Director of Television and ultimately the White House Director of Events. As the keynote speaker, Laura Schwartz will share the secrets to building powerful, effective partnerships through live events.
“We had very powerful positive feedback on the quality of content and networking that took place at the inaugural Cvent CONNECT Europe last year,” said David Chalmers, Senior Marketing Director, Cvent Europe. “As a result, we are taking our event to the next level with more industry expert speakers, enhanced networking opportunities, and additional sessions dedicated to hands-on training across the Cvent platform. We are looking forward to another incredible conference in October.”
“Last year, more than 450 meetings, events and hospitality professionals gathered at Cvent CONNECT Europe, and now we are planning an event for nearly double that number,” said Patrick Smith, Chief Marketing Officer of Cvent. “The increase in attendance speaks to the value that Cvent CONNECT delivers. It’s a can’t-miss opportunity for our attendees to learn how to harness the true power of events to meet their organizational goals.”
To register or to learn more about Cvent CONNECT Europe, please visit the Cvent CONNECT Europe website.
MPI are gearing up for a busy IMEX Frankfurt this year. Come and meet MPI at stand G680. MPI are hosting various educational sessions including ‘Leadership Skills for MICE Women’, Event Model Canvas – how it can transform your meeting planning, ‘Vision the Meeting Room of the Future’, ‘Under the Hood of Small Meeting Venues’ and ‘Extraordinarily Inclusive: Events that Embrace Everyone’.
It’s also a chance to meet the MPI Global team at the MPI Happy Hour Reception on Tuesday 15 May, from 16.30 at the MPI Stand.
And this year the CIM Clubbing night is powered by Rendezvous!
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Meeting Professionals International has announced it is moving even further from the traditional plan for its World Education Congress this year by featuring new elements such as high-energy pep rallies to kick off and wrap up each day; an open-floor, fluid layout with four connected WEC Villages; more innovative technology offerings, and a host of WEC Experience Coaches to help attendees plan their experiences before the event and to assist them on-site. The event takes place June 2-5 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.
According to the organization, the vision for the redesign came about last September using the #EventCanvas methodology and aligns with MPI’s goal to take format risks so attendees don’t have to with their own meetings. Each of the four WEC Villages will have its own theme: experiential design, innovation, leadership and social, with customizable networking and business-exchange opportunities, supplier showcases, and food and beverage relevant to each theme. More than 80 concurrent education sessions take place in the villages to stimulate more intense live-learning experiences rather than holding the sessions in separated meeting rooms.
“We are very proud of how successful WEC has been the past few years,” said Darren Temple, chief operations officer of MPI. “This year, we decided to take a page out of our own playbook and take a big risk by changing the overall look, feel and experience of WEC18. The Indiana Convention Center is the perfect venue for us try our new concept of villages and open-space learning. We are very excited about WEC18, which promises to be unlike any other event experience, and extend special thanks to our host partner, Visit Indy, for their support and collaboration.”
The organization’s education arm, the MPI Academy, evaluated nearly 600 speaker proposals to find fresh and relevant education for WEC18. The concurrent sessions will be delivered in 30-, 60- and 90-minute mixed formats, covering topics such as virtual reality, event design, food-and-beverage trends, ethical challenges, safety and security, and leadership.
In addition, MPI will continue leveraging WEC 2017’s theme, “Stop planning meetings, start designing experiences,” and bring back some popular program elements such as MPI’s Hosted Buyer Program, the MPI Foundation Rendezvous networking and fundraising event, headshot stations, Paws for a Break (previously known as puppy cuddling), and corporate social-responsibility activities benefitting several local Indianapolis-area charities. Michael Cerbelli’s The Hot List will return this year, identifying fresh trends in the ever-changing marketplace and showcasing acts and innovations for enhanced experiential marketing.
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Delegates at MPI’s European Meetings and Events Conference were tasked with ‘writing their own story’ whilst embracing ‘Meetovation’, the Danish-inspired meeting design concept, through a variety of ice-breakers, conference sessions and networking opportunities using ‘active engagement’ to change the meeting mind-set.
Held at the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel in Copenhagen over three days, the conference included a variety of educational sessions on a wide range of topics – from women’s empowerment in the meetings industry, safety and security, best practice proposal writing through to strategic account management and much more in between.
A thought-provoking ‘Lunch and Learn’ was facilitated by the inspiring Fiona Pelham who is Chair of the International Board of Directors. A sustainability champion and ambassador for MPI’s UK & Ireland Chapter, Fiona introduced Selina Juul, Founder of the ‘Stop Wasting Food Movement Denmark’ which has seen an impressive 25% reduction in food waste across Denmark – much of this is attributed to a change in approach in the meetings industry: re-food don’t waste, your attendee’s won’t go hungry!
After-hours delegates were offered a variety of networking opportunities; the opening reception was held at Copenhagen Street Food; a raw and quirky warehouse space in the city. MPI Foundation’s flagship ‘Rendezvous’ followed the next night with plenty of drinks and dancing with peers and colleagues; the party is designed to raise important funds for the growth and advancement of MPI members through grant funding for professional development and career advancement.
The closing conference session involved an indoor snowball fight; where delegate’s ideas where written down, wrapped up and a huge 400-person snowball fight was had. This simple, ‘active engagement’ concept summed up the whole conference experience; engaging, fun, with key learning take-ways and networking opportunities facilitated across the membership.
And as one chapter in the story of EMEC ended in Copenhagen, another began for Granada in Spain which was announced as the host destination for next year’s conference.
In the meantime, I look forward to carrying on my MPI story with MPI’s UK & Ireland Chapter which has an extensive programme of educational and networking events planned for the year ahead – I’d encourage anyone involved in the meetings and events industry to join us on this exciting journey.
This post first appeared on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/story-writing-street-food-snowball-fights-so-much-more-deborah-kelly
We want to make the approval process of attending MPI’s European Meetings and Events Conference (EMEC) worry-free. If you need to justify the expense to your supervisors, we’ve provided a few tools to help you build your case: a benefits worksheet, a budget worksheet and a sample letter.
When submitting a proposal to your boss, remember to focus on the specific skills and knowledge experiences you can immediately bring back to the organization. Consider learning new industry best practices, making new contacts and gaining new insights and ideas from the education sessions you attend.
Build Your Education Session List
After you’ve clearly outlined the connection between the needs of your organization or department with the benefits of attending EMEC, you can focus on yourself. Build your personalized list of education sessions that have relevance to your current job description and review how the sessions will enable you to better serve your customers. When you’ve built your session list, print it and include it with your Justification Kit.
Proving you can put the knowledge gained at EMEC immediately into action makes it easier for your supervisor to say “You’re approved to attend EMEC!” So build your session list, download the justification kit, customize your letter and we’ll see you in Krakow!
Join us for our inaugural MPI Hosted Buyer Program at the European Meeting and Events Conference 2015.
Participating as a planner or a supplier in the MPI Hosted Buyer Program at EMEC in Poland allows you to prepare your future meetings portfolio and meet face-to-face with attending industry professionals and leading companies in the meetings and event industry. Participation in this exclusive program means you care about doing business smarter, faster and better. Suppliers will fill their sales pipelines with potential business and planners will walk out the door with months of legwork accomplished in several hours.
PLANNERS: MAKE NEW BUSINESS CONNECTIONS (AND ATTEND EMEC 2015 FOR FREE)
Participating in MPI’s Hosted Buyer Program at EMEC allows you meet one-on-one with leading supplier companies in the meeting and event industry and participate in all of the top-quality education and networking opportunities that EMEC has to offer—for free!
All you need to do is apply. No more than 25 planners will be hosted for this exclusive opportunity. If accepted your hosted buyer package will include:
SUPPLIERS: BOOK BUSINESS WITH THE BEST PLANNERS AT EMEC 2015
Participating in MPI’s Hosted Buyer Program at EMEC 2015 in Krakow, Poland allows you to meet face-to-face with qualified corporate planners and solidify your future meetings business in an intimate environment.
Face-to-face meetings with decision makers from the US and Europe comes with the following benefits:
Join MPI’s Hosted Buyer Program as an exclusive supplier at EMEC 2015 and get business done!
Celebrate the industry’s success by recognising its excellence. Submit Nominations for the 2015 MPI RISE Awards
MPI is accepting nominations for the annual RISE Awards program. This is your opportunity to Recognise Industry Success and Excellence by submitting a nomination for the individual, community and organisational categories.
All of the RISE Awards are eligible for nomination which includes:
Peer nominations are accepted for the individual and community awards and peer or self nominations are accepted for the organisational award.
Submit your online peer nomination today. All nominations must be received by 5pm CST on December 12, 2014. For details, please visit www.mpiweb.org/rise.
Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is gearing up to deliver more industry-leading education at its upcoming European Meetings & Events Conference (EMEC), which will be held 1-3 February 2015, at the ICE Kraków Congress Centre in Kraków, Poland. This week, the association published details online about the conference’s discovery-themed programme and presenters, including renowned keynote speakers Mike Walsh and Dr. Alan Watkins.
Walsh, a global thought leader, author and CEO, will present during EMEC’s opening general session. He will discuss how to design business for the 21st century, sharing first-hand stories, global case studies, and cutting-edge research. Dr. Watkins, a physician, neuroscientist and international expert on leadership and human performance, will close out the conference with his presentation on the link between physiology, psychology and performance and the secret science of brilliant leadership.
“With EMEC 2015, MPI will help attendees discover new ways to strategically grow business as well as innovative approaches to planning meetings and events. If you’re not yet a member of MPI, I promise you will want to join our global community after experiencing EMEC,” said Pierre Fernandez, senior director of European Operations at MPI.
MPI will deliver about 50 education sessions during EMEC 2015, including preconference workshops, deep dives and campfire sessions – many of which are eligible for clock hours or continuing education units. Session topics include business development, strategic meetings management, leadership, meeting design and more. Following is a sample listing of the sessions scheduled.
Other programme highlights include the conference’s inaugural hosted buyer program and the
European debut of MPI’s Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate course. In addition, the MPI Foundation will host Rendezvous on 2 February at the Hard Rock Café Kraków. Proceeds from this signature fundraising and networking event will go toward the MPI Foundation Education Endowment to fund chapter grants and scholarships for MPI European members.
To learn more or to register for EMEC 2015, visit www.mpiweb.org/emec2015