There’s just one week until the doors open on the inaugural Confex Future Focus at Victoria Warehouse in Manchester. The programme is filled with high-profile speakers from some of the UK’s top brands including ITV, Auto Trader and Pernod Ricard, as well as leading experts from across the industry. Make sure you register to attend. You’ll leave armed with the knowledge, insight and ideas to positively impact your future events. Here are just a few of the things you’ll learn at Confex Future Focus:
With sessions on immersive technology, apps, tech trends and gamification there’s plenty to fuel your imagination.
We’ll be putting brands on the spot to find out just what corporate planners really want from their agency and supplier partners to achieve their event goals.
Our experts will share insights from the latest research to uncover what makes attendees tick.
Discover how technology is enhancing the visitor experience at venues.
We’ll reveal how event businesses are overcoming the challenge of operating in an increasingly crowded marketplace and how they are adapting for the future.
Mash Media, organiser of the inaugural Confex Future Focus, has announced TV presenter Kate Thornton as the keynote speaker for the trade event.
Thornton, who has presented high profile programmes including The X Factor, Top of the Pops, Loose Women and The Brit Awards, will take to the stage on Thursday 5 July, day two of the show.
“We are thrilled to announce that Kate Thornton will be our keynote speaker at Confex Future Focus. Kate is powerful addition to an already thought-provoking line up at our new event Confex Future Focus at Victoria Warehouse in Manchester. She will give her experienced insight into how you can make it right even when it’s all going wrong.” commented Simon Farnfield, event director.
Thornton joins an impressive lineup of event industry speakers at the show, from companies including tech giant Cvent, creative engagement group WRG and broadcaster ITV.
Taking its namesake from International Confex, which returns to Olympia London in February 2019, Confex Future Focus aims to highlight the tech, features, topics and trends that will come to define the future of events – from VR and facial recognition to sustainability, security and mental health.
Confex Future Focus will take place on 4-5 July at Victoria Warehouse in Manchester. To find out more about the show or to register to attend visit the Confex Future Focus website.
Register here www.confexfuturefocus.com
The Meetings Show has announced that it will be using the EventReference by RefTech event app for the 2018 event, which takes place on Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 June at Olympia London. The app is an extension of EventReference – the powerful cloud-based event management platform which is used to handle the diary system and registration for the show.
The app was created last year and trialled at the 2017 event. Following overwhelmingly positive feedback, the app will be available this year for all visitors, hosted buyers and exhibitors to use.
Benefits at a glance:
David Chapple, group event director for The Meetings Show said: “We want to ensure all visitors, hosted buyers and exhibitors get the most out of attending The Meetings Show, and maximise their productive time out of the office – downloading the show’s official app created by RefTech will help greatly with this. The EventReference app shows all the essential show information in one place. It is intuitive, easy to use and doesn’t take up much memory.”
Simon Clayton, chief ideas officer RefTech said: “EventReference has powered The Meetings Show since day one, so when we developed the app last year, it made sense for them to trial it as it seamlessly links with the systems they already use. The EventReference app is simple, easy to use but very powerful – it’s been built to offer an easy and intuitive way to access the essentials that everyone needs when visiting the show.”
Rose Padmore of Opening Doors and Venues visited the show and trialled the app in 2017, she said: “I used the app to access my diary and find speaker sessions. It was simple and easy to use and I could see my whole diary in one screen. It was very useful to have all the essential show information in one place.”
Search for ‘EventReference’ in the Apple App Store or Google Play and chose events code ‘TMS18’.
RefTech will be exhibiting at The Meetings Show on Stand TS26
A ‘cascade of cool’ is how one observer described IMEX in Frankfurt, which took place in May. The IMEX Group values – quality, inspiration and collaboration – really shone throughout the show thanks to the new experiences and developments introduced as well as the sheer amount of business and networking evident on the show floor.
IMEX America, taking place this October, will also offer an enormous range of opportunities to do business, discover new destinations, hotels, services and technologies, learn about the latest ideas and trends and make connections.
The show, taking place October 16 – 18 at the Sands® Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo® in Las Vegas, is expanding into larger halls this year, giving IMEX partners and exhibitors plenty of room to demonstrate their inventiveness and flex their marketing muscles.
IMEX America is preceded on October 15 by Smart Monday, powered by MPI, when a vast number of meetings professionals arrive in Las Vegas for a day full of professional development events. Association Evening, the Executive Meetings Forum, PCMA Business School and the Association Leadership Forum (created by ASAE) are among the activities which, along with an extensive program of learning arranged by IMEX strategic partner MPI, will provide educational sessions to suit many needs and specific interests.
Registration is free.
HelmsBriscoe, the global leader in meetings procurement and site selection services, recently announced the expansion of their annual United Kingdom autism awareness fundraising event. The event is part of HelmsBriscoe’s corporate social responsibility initiative, “HB Cares”, and aims to raise funds to help young adults with autism gain work experience in the hospitality industry.
The event will be held next month at the iconic Macdonald Manchester Hotel in partnership with Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall community engagement programme, Bridgewater For All. It will bring together HelmsBriscoe Associates and their clients from across the UK and will give suppliers the opportunity to showcase what Northern England has to offer for meetings groups. All donations collected during the event will go to the HB Cares autism work experience project.
This project was founded in 2012 with support from the MPI Foundation. The goal is to provide participants with confidence in the workplace and to educate employers about the benefits of employing someone on the autistic spectrum. So far this year, HB Cares has raised more than £30,000 through supplier donations for this project, which has enabled young people to gain valuable work experience – primarily in the South of the UK. By expanding the project, HB hopes to engage more youth with autism in the North, as well.
“This project has been truly rewarding to support,” said HelmsBriscoe Managing Director, Northern Europe, Carole McKellar. “We are very excited to be able to expand this project geographically to reach a broader range of youth and continue to raise awareness about autism.”
If you are interested in attending this fantastic event, please email Caroline Slater on email@example.com for more information.
MPI Foundation Cocktails for Charity @ The Meetings Show UK 2018
MPI Foundation are delighted to be putting on a networking event/after party once again at The Meetings Show 2018.
‘Cocktails for Charity’ will take place immediately after the show, on 27th June in the Pillar Room, Olympia from 5.30pm until 8.00pm.
Hosted buyers, visitors and exhibitors alike are welcome to attend the party which will be priced from £20 per ticket with proceeds going to MPI Foundation.
Click here to book your tickets
More than 700 professionals from across the meetings, events, hospitality and travel world are set to attend the second Cvent CONNECT Europe conference this year. Following the sell-out success of the inaugural event held last year, the conference is set to double in size and is moving to a bigger venue; the Business Design Centre in London, running from 1st – 2nd October 2018.
The theme of this year’s Cvent CONNECT Europe is: “The Power of Live” which will focus in on the positive impact that meetings, events, and hospitality have on the business world. Unlike previous years, the conference will have overlapping sessions for both planners and suppliers in order to enable further networking among attendees.
Registration is now live and individuals can sign up to attend via the Cvent CONNECT Europe website.
Cvent CONNECT Europe will provide industry professionals with the opportunity to attend more than 30 educational sessions and learn best practice and live demo experiences of the latest industry technology at the Innovation Pavilion.
“We had such powerful positive feedback from our first Cvent CONNECT Europe. As a result, we are taking our event to the next level in every way and we look forward to welcoming our planner delegates once again.” Says David Chalmers, Senior Marketing Director, Cvent Europe.
“Last year, more than 490 events professionals gathered at Cvent CONNECT Europe, and now we are planning an event for double this number. The increase in attendance speaks to the value that Cvent CONNECT delivers: It’s a can’t-miss opportunity for our attendees to experience the power of live events, network, and learn the latest advancements in our industry,” said Patrick Smith, Chief Marketing Officer of Cvent. “We power some of the largest meetings and events in the world and hold hundreds of our own each year, with Cvent CONNECT as the crown jewel. It demonstrates our passion and mission to create the technology to power human connection.”
C2 International, the ground-breaking leader in business conferences, has partnered with the IMEX Group in a joint effort to drive innovation and creativity throughout the meetings and events sector.
The three-year agreement represents the first time that C2 International has partnered with another event. The partnership aligns the visions of both organisations through dedicated events at IMEX shows as well as ongoing opportunities and content throughout the year. The aim of the partnership is to educate and inspire the meetings and event industry and to further the missions of both organisations, particularly in relation to driving innovation and creativity.
Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, explains: “At IMEX, our mission is to unite and advance the meetings industry, helping every single audience within it to increase their skills and knowledge and to push for innovation that generates fresh value. Our partnership with C2 International certainly helps us to fulfil this. With everything we do, our goal is to offer new and creative experiences and education for all our show participants in Frankfurt and America, and we look forward to working with the ground-breaking team at C2 International to deliver this.”
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with IMEX, who has certainly earned its place as an industry leader in the global meetings sector,” says Martin Enault, President and CEO of C2 International, Asia Pacific.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for C2 International to share our expertise in creating transformative and immersive events in the cities of Frankfurt and Las Vegas around IMEX shows.”
IMEX in Frankfurt takes place 15 – 17 May, 2018.
Attending a scientific congress or meeting overtakes professional journals and publications as the educational channel of choice for Healthcare Professionals – according to findings of new study. Ashfield Meetings & Events, an international leader in healthcare events, has released a 2018 follow-up study to its 2016 ‘Future Of Meetings’ white paper.
The ‘Science Of Healthcare Professional Meetings’ compares and contrasts the perceptions of healthcare professionals (HCPs) across a wide variety of specialty areas, and dives deeper into the ongoing evolution of the medical meetings landscape.
By looking at the individual component factors of why HCPs attend events, Ashfield Meetings & Events, part of UDG Healthcare, has been able to utilise the data to better understand the motivations and desires of HCPS, while also building a strategy for successful meetings in the future.
“Comparing the results of our 2016 study to the findings we discovered only two years later has been a fascinating exercise,” said Gavin Houston, CEO Americas of Ashfield Meetings & Events. “A key outcome in this white paper is that HCPs are saying their ‘preferred channel’ to receive scientific content across their medical learning journey, is through attendance at a scienfic congress or meeting.”
Gavin Houston continues, “It is evident that meeting face-to-face is still highly valued in the digital age. What also comes across though, is that HCPs attend meetings that offer a real return for the time and money they have invested. Further education which ultimately leads to improving patient care is very clearly at the forefront of their attendance decisions, making the quality and delivery of the content a vital element of an event’s success.”
For more findings from The Science Of Healthcare Meetings the full white paper is available here to download.
With Easter just around the corner, Cvent Europe are hosting a wine tasting event to remember, and some chocolate tailor-made to match! The evening won’t just be about wine and chocolate tasting, you’ll also learn what’s in store for event tech, as Nick Tinker takes you through the top trends coming our way.
The free event takes place on Thursday 22nd March at the newly refurbished Devonshire Terrace from 18:30 – 20:30.
You’ll also get the chance to get some hands-on experience of some of Cvent’s latest solutions and discover how they can transform your events. As well as networking with your peers.
For more information click here