News & Trends

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

4 Predictions for Event Tech in 2019

As people talk to smart speakers at home and scan their faces to unlock their phones, they are likely to grow increasingly comfortable with the evolution of technology at events. Here’s a look at how digital engagement is expected to evolve next year. (PCMA Partner News from Freeman)

BY David McMillin December 3, 2018

Marriott Takes Steps to Help Guests Affected by Data Breach

The Marriott International hotel chain says it is taking steps to help the up to 500 million guests whose personal information may have been compromised when the chain’s Starwood reservation system was hacked. For 327 million guests, Marriott said in a statement on Friday, the exposed information includes their name, phone number, email address, passport
BY Curt Wagner November 30, 2018

Finding Funding for Women-Led Startups

Women Who Tech is working to close the funding gap and draw global attention to gender bias in venture-capital funding. One key method is hosting Women Startup Challenges, which identify female-owned early-stage startups and invite them to compete for funding.

BY Barbara Palmer November 29, 2018

Designing a Pitchfest for Your Event

A pitchfest can showcase emerging ideas and bring innovators and investors together at your event. Here’s what the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) has learned since launching their own Pitch Fest five years ago.

BY Barbara Palmer November 29, 2018

Convening Leaders to Employ Virtual Reality Empathy Machines

Virtual reality is transforming media, entertainment, and a range of other industries — including events. Can it also change perspectives?

BY David McMillin November 28, 2018

Switzerland Pioneers Cleantech

What does that mean for events taking place in the eco-friendly nation?

November 28, 2018

Planning Plastic-Free Events

How a Scotland venue and an England triathlon are leading the way.

November 27, 2018

How to Ensure Accessibility When Choosing Destinations, Venues

New research offers planners ideas to consider when choosing destinations and venues. 

November 27, 2018

What is ‘Sonder’ and Why Should You Care?

Seth Godin says designing your business event the way you’d like to experience it yourself is a flawed approach.

BY Michelle Russell November 25, 2018

Illustrations Help Speakers at Business Events Land a Visual Punch

Business guru Kjell Nordstrom carries a bold, paradigm-shifting message to audiences — and slides created by artist Patrik Instedt illustrate his points perfectly.

BY Barbara Palmer November 25, 2018

Learning at the Forefront

How EANS2018 put ideas, like ‘science slams,’ and easy-to-navigate event space into action to ensure knowledge was top priority.

November 20, 2018

How to Help Those Affected by California Wildfires

PCMA Foundation collecting donations to assist members of business events industry community.

BY Curt Wagner November 19, 2018