Aimee Jones, an events management student from Sheffield Hallam University, was the inaugural winner of the Planet Planit Event Innovation Awards, presented at The Window venue in Islington last night, (13 March).
Conference News Managing Editor Paul Colston joined a panel of judges that heard six creative project ideas from students who came from Sheffield, Surrey, Greenwich and Sweden.
Aimee’s project, presented using Prezi, was for the ‘Juicycle’, an exhibition stand attraction, or conference activity for delegates able to use green pedal power to make smoothies.
The student had researched the budget for dry hire of the adapted bikes and presented a business case for using the Juicycle to drive clients to stands and encourage interaction as delegates are invited to mix and power their own smoothie mixes.
Other ideas from the students competing including the ‘Innoconference’, put forward by Catja Fardig from Stockholm. She envisages an ’unconference’ where delegates are encouraged to shape the agenda in real time, according to individual interests using the latest technology and social media; a ‘Ladybuggies’ rickshaw service to deliver delegates to their venue without leaving a carbon footprint and providing a talked about icebreaker and plenty of fun; as well as software solutions for matchmaking delegates and a new website for global events industry professionals.
Xin Yang from Surrey University showed how a fashion show based on Chinese clothing could provide a big attraction at a major event.
Organiser of the Event Innovation Awards, Paul Cook, MD of Planet Planit, said all competitors would receive future guidance with their projects and the winner a year of mentoring from industry professionals.
“We had some great presentations by our emerging talent of their ideas about innovation for the meetings and exhibitions world,” said Cook. “There was fantastic audience participation and a real buzz throughout the evening. My mind is already brimming with possibilities for the next time.”
MC Alan Stevens kept the evening flowing with audience interactivity during the judging recess and Kyrsten Perry of The Window in Islington showcased the charity’s venue options and, in particular, its vegetarian food specialities.
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