News & Trends

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

Are Event Strategists Ready for Multi-hub Meetings?

Meeting Design Institute President Maarten Vanneste says rapid tech evolution is driving this format but many planners are not yet embracing it.

October 15, 2018

Is Telepresence Coming to a Screen Near You?

The next chapter of digital events will include speakers who are streamed as holograms. Learn about Vimeo’s new feature that will make the sci-fi-sounding world of 3D holograms a reality.

BY David McMillin October 12, 2018

Taking Strategy a Step Further

Dan Sundt, chief eXperience officer of CXO Marketing Inc., on experience design and how to avoid “better sameness” when designing events.

BY Jasmine Zhu October 1, 2018

Crafting Experiences That Stir the Soul

At the Skift Global Forum, one entrepreneur shared her blueprint for making mini vacations into rich learning opportunities — and her approach speaks volumes for event organizers.

BY Casey Gale October 1, 2018

Top Cities Ranked by Event Professionals

Curt Watkins, principal at Watkins Research, on what’s changed in the CVB industry, and what planners are looking for now.

October 1, 2018

Is it Time to Break Up With Your Phone?

The evidence keeps piling up that smartphones — or more precisely, the way that most of us use them — interfere with our ability to focus and think deeply.

BY Barbara Palmer September 26, 2018

Homelessness is a Shared Problem — and on All of Us

This summer, an article about a conference for physicians pulling out of its host city because attendees felt unsafe walking the streets of San Francisco — where open drug illness were on display among the homeless — became the tipping point for our editorial team. We had talked about covering the issue of homelessness for

BY Michelle Russell September 26, 2018

Visa Issues Force Business Festival to Develop Plan B

Organizers of the Fifteen Seconds Festival faced unforeseen issues with U.S. immigration officials, but they aren’t letting those challenges cancel their first-ever event in Detroit next week.

BY David McMillin September 14, 2018

Here’s How Gen Z Looks at Data — and What It Means for Your Strategy

As event organizers look to collect data from the next generation of participants, they must overcome a challenge much bigger than API integration: They will need to earn their trust.

BY David McMillin August 22, 2018

2018 Best in Show Awardees and Outstanding Nominees

Celebrating the best of the events industry, including top venues, ideas and experiences from all across the world.

BY Convene Editors August 1, 2018

How to Find an Elephant in the Dark

Why do we meet face-to-face when we have email and video at our fingertips? Because it is the fastest way to gain shared perspective, according to author J. Elise Keith.

BY Casey Gale July 31, 2018

Does Creativity Have an Expiration Date?

Nope, says artist Phil Hansen. In fact, age gives us unexpected benefits.

BY Barbara Palmer July 30, 2018