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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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.
SPARK THINKING – the global events and communications agency – has launched a joint initiative with a Nottingham-based primary school which aims to encourage the creative confidence of Year 6 pupils.
‘Inspo Club’ is a new-concept lunchtime club for children in their final year at Radcliffe on Trent Junior School, and is the brain-child of SPARK THINKING’s Head of Global Sales Support, Janina Monaghan, who describes it as ‘a place where they can unleash their creativity, collaborate with others and have fun!’
Year 6s will get the chance to talk about creativity and what it means to them, explore new technology, look at where ideas come from, bringing them to life through play, and generally be curious about the world around them!
“At SPARK THINKING, we place great emphasis on the benefits of thinking creatively, and continually encourage our staff to do this through initiatives and rituals designed to spark their imagination,” explains Janina. “I’m inspired every day by the talented people I work with and I want to be able to share what I learn – what better audience than the next generation?”
It was through one of these initiatives – SPARK Shorts, a lunchtime workshop where employees are encouraged to share creative experiences, hobbies or ideas with their colleagues – that Janina was inspired to take SPARK Shorts on tour into the classroom.
“Bringing SPARK Shorts on tour into a school in the form of ‘Inspo Club’ seemed a natural step, as it’s a way we, as a business can share our experiences and support young people,” says Janina. “But I’m confident we’ll gain as much, if not more, from the children themselves.”
Head teacher of Radcliffe on Trent Junior School, Clare Allsopp, shares Janina’s belief in the power of the children’s limitless imaginations.
“Children have a natural creativity and enquiring minds, which if encouraged and retained, will benefit their future careers and indeed their lives in immeasurable ways,” says head teacher Clare Allsopp.
SPARK THINKING’s Inspo Club will run for 6-weeks and will introduce the children to a broad spectrum of topics. To find out more about the pupils’ learning journey, go to www.spark-thinking.com or search for #SPARKInspo on Twitter and Instagram.
To find out more about the pupils’ learning journey, go to www.spark-thinking.com or search for #SPARKInspo on Twitter and Instagram.
MPI Connects brings together events industry employers with student job seekers embarking on their new careers. The initiative is now in its fourth year and is supported and hosted by the University of Greenwich.
With a successful history of matching capable applicants with employers including Smyle, Cvent and Grass Roots Meetings & Events, MPI Insights has become the leading industry recruitment event for entry level positions.
Participating employers will benefit from speed interview meetings with 15+ candidates during the afternoon and will be provided with the contact details for all opted-in attendees to network during the cocktail reception and post-event. Employer registration costs just £250+VAT, significantly less than recruitment advertising or agency fees.
Student job seekers can register for free, however a cancellation penalty of £30+VAT will apply where less than 48 hours’ notice is given. It is mandatory that candidates should have all the necessary permissions to work in the UK in order to participate. Students should bring up to 30 copies of an up to date CV to the event.
In 2018, MPI Connects will take place on Global Meetings Industry Day, alongside a series of other MPI events being hosted across the world. We look forward to welcoming you to MPI Connects!
For more information and to register for the event please visit MPI Connects
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.
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The Conference and Hospitality Show (CHS18) is returning on Tuesday 24 April to Leeds first direct arena. The flagship show for CHS Group is set for its biggest year yet, with 35 per cent of the exhibitors being brand new additions for 2018.
Now in its 9th year, the Conference and Hospitality Show is one of the UK’s leading shows for event organisers, venue finders and PAs / EAs. Providing attendees with the opportunity to meet over 200+ hotels, venues and event suppliers from across the UK and Ireland.
With new exhibitors including Lime Venues Portfolio, The Grand Brighton, Visit Bristol and Venues of Excellence, the 2018 show is set to rock Leeds once again with an incredible range of independent hotels, tech and event suppliers along with a diverse selection of groups.
CHS18 will welcome a number of guest speakers, including Jake Hernadez, an international crisis and security consultant, to conduct a session which will likely be hotly anticipated in light of recent events. He will provide a practical guide for events professionals on how to perform necessary security checks when planning an event.
Julia Charles-Wiginton, an entrepreneur and event organiser who creates amazing events for a host of blue chip corporate companies and celebrities, will share her inspiring experience following her Dragon’s Den appearance as the first ever person to accept and then reject the deal offered by four dragons.
Complimentary VIP tickets are available for event planners, venue finders, PA/EAs and offer a whole host of benefits and extras on the day, including access to the VIP Rockstar Bar, complimentary food and beverages, a VIP goody bag and other treats. Complimentary accommodation is available for VIPs who need to travel for over an hour to Leeds. For more information visit www.chs18.co.uk/which-ticket-is-for-you/.
To register for your complimentary ticket to CHS18 Click here www.chs18.co.uk
There are also a limited number of stands available, so if you’re a hotel, venue or event supplier looking to meet with 800+ event buyers in one day, please contact Jules France for further details.
MPI UK & Ireland, the local chapter of the largest global meetings and events association, announced at International Confex 2018 that MPI Events Apprenticeship Support Scheme has opened for applications.
The new scheme will provide a grant of up to £2,500 to an event industry business who has employed an apprentice through the new Government-backed Events Assistant Trailblazer standard. The scheme is backed by the MPI Foundation and the grant is made using funds raised at The Meeting Show Post Event Party held in June 2017.
The grant includes funding for external training from an accredited provider, annual MPI membership for the apprentice and their mentor, plus registration costs and expenses towards attendance at MPI UK & Ireland’s educational events for one year.
To qualify, employers should have a turnover of less than £10m per year, the apprentice must have an employment contract and have successfully passed a three-month probationary period, and the apprentice must be paid at least the national minimum wage.
Jane Baker, president of the MPI UK&I Chapter, said: “We are delighted to open applications for the new MPI Events Apprenticeship Support Scheme. This is the latest in a number of initiatives designed by MPI UK & Ireland to encourage new talent into the events industry. We hope businesses from across our sector take advantage of the new scheme and we look forward to announcing the winner later in the year.”
Applications for the 2018 award opened 28 February and will close on 31 March. The winner will be announced in April 2018.
Application forms can be obtained from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inntel are delighted to present the new Inntel Meetings Programme (IMP), a collection of delegate rates specifically negotiated for SMEs and clients with lower volumes of spend.
The programme which piloted in January 2017 has enjoyed a successful first 12 months in operation and brings together rates from a wide range of UK supplier, ensuring there are a variety of venue options to suit all requirements.
Inntel’s Supplier Partnerships team carried out extensive, qualitative market analysis to develop exclusive terms and conditions for the programme that best reflect the needs of clients with limited meetings spend, for example, reduced minimum numbers.
Jane Dibble, Director of Business Development at Inntel said: “This programme is designed with our smaller clients in mind, although of course our larger clients can also benefit. Most do not have sufficient volume to warrant their own discounted external meeting room rates, packages and terms whereas this programme will grant them access to fixed rates, bespoke terms and inclusions they would not get with general ad hoc bookings.
We know that still only 35% of UK companies actively manage their external meeting spend and Inntel’s initiatives are designed to help them control their costs.”
Pictured from left-right are Inntel’s Supplier Partnerships team who are responsible for putting the programme together: Phil Swanson, Sian Sayward, Katie Moorcroft, Lily Baker and Callie Richards.
Since 2013, Trinity Event Solutions has raised more than £100,000 for local charities through their Triple Challenge initiative. Their Triple Challenge has gone from strength to strength and on Monday, 18th December, the Stamford-based venue finding and event management company celebrated the success of their 2017 fundraising activity by presenting cheques to Hospital at Home, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, Bliss and Animal Helpline. These four charities were chosen by staff earlier in the year as part of Trinity’s on-going CSR programme and in the past, they have supported the Air Ambulance Service, the Sue Ryder Hospice, Thorpe Hall and Meeting Industry Meeting Needs.
The Trinity team visited more than 300 hotels and conference venues in July and August 2017, who donated prizes for an online auction, which raised more than £20,000 this year. 263 bidders placed 850 bids on the Trinity Triple Challenge auction website.
Jacqui Kavanagh, MD of Trinity Event Solutions was delighted with the fund-raising and commented: “Trinity’s CSR policy is core to Trinity’s values and way of working. We prefer to call it our ‘Social Responsibility policy’ as it is an instinctive part of the company culture. We are delighted to make a significant contribution to charities that will really make a big difference to their work. This a true partnership with our suppliers and benefits our clients through our team seeing venues first-hand and building up our venue knowledge. This was a huge achievement and I would like to thank all the hotels and venues for supporting us, as well as everyone at Trinity who gave up their time and put a lot of work into making this a success.”
Kellie Charge, Corporate Fundraiser at East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices received the cheque on their behalf and said “Support from our corporate partners is highly valued at EACH and we would not be able to continue to support our children, young people and their families without the generosity of businesses like Trinity Event Solutions. We are delighted that Trinity has chosen East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices as one of their charities to benefit from their amazing Trinity Triple Challenge, and the £5,750 donated will enable us to pay for a whole day’s care at our Milton hospice, which is a truly generous gift for which we are most grateful.”
Bliss Chief Executive, Caroline Lee-Davey said “We are so grateful to Trinity Event Solutions and all the staff who took part in this year’s Trinity Triple Challenge to raise money for Bliss. Their support is invaluable in helping us to achieve our ambition to reach every single baby born needing neonatal care in the UK, and their family. We want every baby to benefit from our work, no matter how long they live or how long they spend on a neonatal unit. It is only through the generosity of supporters like Trinity, and its employees, that we can support these poorly babies.”