Meetings Industry Summit – Highlights from the EventEdge
The Pacific Northwest chapter of the PCMA and Washington State Chapter of MPI collaborate annually to co-host the Meetings Industry Summit. The one-day event highlights the current trends in the event and hospitality industry.
Rather than simply talk about the newest event ideas, our planning committee was determined to demonstrate them, allowing attendees to experience them, first hand, during the event. We also wanted to deliver an event experience that encouraged attendee engagement and facilitated peer-to-peer learning. Here are a few highlights:
Live Streaming of Keynote Sessions
Our objectives in streaming the keynote sessions were to extend the reach of our event to those who could not attend in person, as well as demonstrate that this type of technology could be executed well on a budget. With the help of VARVID, a team of video production specialists based in Bellingham, Washington, we created a custom website to view the live event. The website pulled in our Twitter stream and Facebook activity and enabled viewers to tweet right from the page; connecting our remote attendees with the live event.
Promoting Attendee Engagement via Mobile App
Thanks to our friends at DoubleDutch, we offered an event app this year and encouraged attendees to create their profile and join the conversation by posting questions, insights, photos and links. We also used the app’s live polling feature during sessions to gather feedback from attendees in real time. We projected the results immediately on screen for all attendees to see, enabling speakers to tailor their presentation based on the results.
Birds-of-a-Feather Breakouts Offer Bite-Sized Take-Aways
Our birds-of-a-feather style breakout sessions offered a series of short, moderated discussions on a range of topics, enabling attendees to meet peers with similar interests and learn from each other. Subject matter experts facilitated the conversations on topics that ranged from emerging trends in event technology to the potential impacts of state and federal legislation on the event industry.
The session was a clear favorite among attendees who appreciated the timeliness and relevance of the content - in some case, hearing about such topics as Net Neutrality and Airbnb for the first time - while meeting new people and connecting with peers in a lively and engaging format.
Great Speakers and Relevant Content
All of our speakers received great review from attendees. We recommend them!
- How to Stage Radically Engaging Events – A Hands-on Experiential Workshop with Andrea Driessen, No More Boring Meetings
- Is Data Overload your Kryptonite? A panel discussion with experts from DoubleDutch, Tableau Software and EventPoint
- Let's get Ready to Rumble! - Interaction, collaboration between planners & suppliers, a candid
- exchange of solutions with Shawna Suckow, CMP
- The Power of Influence with Ty Bennett
We could not have pulled off such a great event without our amazing sponsors!
The Washington State Convention Center, Smart City
ARAMARK, Doubledutch, Varvid, No More Boring Meetings, PSAV
Hard Rock Café, Visit Spokane
Bob Clancy Photography, EventPoint, Edlen Electrical, MRA Services, Travel Tacoma, Triumph Expo & Events, Visit Bellevue