Meet CN’s Confex highlights

At International Confex this week, Conference News’ own theatre will be hosting a Meeting Design workshop with Maarten Vanneste. His Abbit Multi-Hub Meetings – an emerging meeting format presentation will run both days in the CN Theatre, 12.00-13.00.

Multi-hub meetings take place in several places at the same time, says Vanneste. Each location has a group of participants that come from one region or one continent. Locally there is a face-to-face meeting with all its benefits, and globally, the venues are connected in a way that makes everyone feel they are part of one big real event. The accessibility of the ‘local’ venue enables more people to participate and increase the size of any event up to ten-fold. The technology connecting up to 28 venues is temporarily installed so any meeting space can be chosen, limiting out of the office time of local teams. Cost can be saved by limiting travel and accommodation.

As virtual meetings have a lot of objections and webcasts isolate participants, this upcoming hybrid format gets the best of both worlds. The presentation will share several cases and their results.

Also on Day 1, The Eventice Final will take place in the CN Theatre.

In the Talent Theatre on Day 2 at 10am, CN editor Paul Colston  chairs an industry briefing introducing the new Event Assistant Apprenticeship. On the panel will be FIRST agency’s MD Mark Riches, drp’s Group CEO Dale Parmenter and David Preston, CEO of Realise Me.

Mark Walker from Eventbrite will be talking to CN TV about the latest Pulse Report at 2pm in the CN theatre.

Meanwhile, CN’s deputy editor Martin Fullard will be on the show floor walking and talking to those in attendance and asking people to camera how the show is working for them. Don’t be shy to say hello.

And if you’d like to say hello and meet the CN team during the show, do pop along to stand F14T.

International Confex runs 1-2 March at Olympia London. Click here to register to attend.

Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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