News & Trends

What’s happening — or coming up next — in the meetings and events world and beyond.

How Meeting Planners Book, Plan, and Execute Their Events

What Meetings Market Survey respondents told us about the tools and technology they rely on.

BY Michelle Russell March 13, 2017

Unpacking the 26th Annual Meetings Market Survey

Convene TV host Carrie Ferenac and Cara Moore uncover some surprises in the data.

BY Convene Editors March 13, 2017

What Did You Do Differently Last Year?

We asked meeting professionals to tell us what changes they made last year — positive or negative — in response to the economy. Do any of these look familiar?

BY Barbara Palmer March 7, 2017

Inside Biofabricate, Where Fabric is Created From Life

Inside Biofabricate, where designers use biological materials to make clothing, utensils, electronics, and more.

BY Christopher Durso March 1, 2017

What Is the Meetings Industry’s Biggest Challenge?

Every year, respondents to our annual Meetings Market Survey give answers to open-ended questions about the industry. Here are what they listed as the most pressing challenges in 2017.

BY Michelle Russell March 1, 2017

Convene’s 26th Annual Meetings Market Survey

Still trending upward, but at a slower pace than last year.

BY Michelle Russell March 1, 2017

Through the Looking Glasses

James H. Gilmore’s ‘Look’ is a guide for seeing the world differently.

BY Michelle Russell March 1, 2017

What the Travel Ban Could Mean for Scientific Meetings

Scientific innovation requires global collaboration, say the co-signers of a letter opposing President Trump’s travel ban. ‘You shut the door to any particular group of people, and the world may look very different 40 years later.’

BY Christopher Durso February 21, 2017

Silence Really Is Golden

Research shows that short periods of quiet time help us process our experiences. Here’s what that means for events.

BY Michelle Russell February 17, 2017

How to Jump-Start Networking

What can urban planners teach meeting planners about creating environments that support conversation?

BY Barbara Palmer February 15, 2017

How Airbnb Open Is Changing the Attendee Experience

The peer-to-peer sharing platform has disrupted the hotel industry. Are meetings next?

BY David McMillin February 1, 2017

Inside Emojicon 2016, 1st Conference Designed Around ‘Picture Characters’

Emoji may be adorable, but with billions sent each year, they also carry enormous social, political, and cultural weight.

BY Barbara Palmer February 1, 2017