MPI publishes White Paper on meetings technology

Continuing its series of research on the ‘Future of Meetings’ theme, international industry association Meetings Professionals International (MPI) has released a new White Paper on meetings technology, offering research findings and a guide to future action.

latest piece of Future of Meetings research claims to have uncovered
the technologies that researchers at Leeds Metropolitan University
identified as key shapers of the meetings industry, ranging from the
obvious: internet, mobile apps and social media, to fields such as the
world of targeted audio, augmented reality androbotics.

reports the following headline findings and advice from the Leeds
Metropolitan University team that carried out the research:

  • Mobile
    devices in conjunction with social networks will empower delegates and
    communities. Channel this energy for the benefit of your events.
  • Virtual
    meetings will slowly become more widespread. Think about innovations in
    handling meeting information and delegate participation.
  • Invest
    in staff to keep ahead of technology advances. Determine who will own
    social media channels and stay in contact with experts. Increase
    awareness of any technology that may become disruptive.
  • Realise
    the worth of good, motivated technical staff. Any lessons learned from
    past technology investments, successes or failures, will make them
    better equipped for the next challenge.
  • Don’t
    bind yourself to vendor-specific technologies, because they may soon
    become obsolete. Instead, rely on open standards, which are more
    future-proof than proprietary concepts.
  • Be
    prepared to take risks and equip yourself to make fast decisions.
    Sometimes these won’t work out; allow for mistakes and learn from them.
  • Don’t forget about the Cloud; it gives you flexibility and reduces risk.

The full White Paper is free to MPI members and can be accessed by going to

is a chance for European professionals to join face-to-face discussions
on the Future of Meetings during the MPI European Meetings and Events
Conference, 27-30 January, in Montreux.

series of live sessions on the Future of Meetings will be presented,
including: Co-creating the Future of Meetings & Events; Imagineering
Tour: Imagining Meetings & Events in 2030; Campfire session:
Twitter Twaddle; Flash Forward 2030: Future Trends That Will Drive
Change in Your Meetings Session.
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Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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