October 2018

Cover illustration by Jeffery Smith

digital edition

Table for Two — or 50

Calgary TELUS Convention Centre thinks outside the ballroom.

BY Cristi Kempf October 10, 2018

Is Facial Recognition in Your Meeting’s Future?

Facial-recognition technology is starting to transform travelers’ experiences as they check in to hotels, go through airport security, and obtain their credentials at events. Here’s what to expect in the near future — and what it might mean for your own events. 

BY David McMillin October 2, 2018

How Milwaukee Puts Housing First

The “housing first” philosophy puts the chronically homeless in secure housing as a first step, rather than focusing on behavior or other issues. Here’s the difference it has made in Milwaukee County.

BY Barbara Palmer October 2, 2018

Breaking Records Using VR at Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting

A virtual-reality simulation at a medical meeting sought to educate in an innovative way — while setting a world record. 

BY Ellen Ryan October 1, 2018

Timetable for Bringing International Attendees to the U.S.

Looking to attract attendees from outside the U.S. to your event in the States? Here’s a three-stage strategy to consider over the course of a year.

BY Kimberly Hardcastle-Geddes October 1, 2018

Why More Medical Meetings Are Looking at Airport Hotels

With time-strapped health-care professionals as their audience, more organizers are making airports their final event destination.

BY David McMillin October 1, 2018

Hacking Homelessness

Gallus Events founder William Thomson created Homeless Hackathon Glasgow, bringing together hacker participants, along with representatives from local institutions and nonprofit organizations, to yield potential solutions to homelessness. The result? Not one, but three projects currently under development.

BY Barbara Palmer October 1, 2018

4 Ways Meetings Help Homeless Communities

Here are some of the ways events make an impact.

BY Convene Editors October 1, 2018

How Convention Centers Are Responding to Homelessness

Convention centers sit in the middle of the tension between homeless individuals and meeting attendee perceptions. But when it comes to lending a helping hand, here is a long list of centers who refuse to be bystanders.

BY Convene Editors October 1, 2018

Hosting Medical Events That Deliver

Facilities that cater to medical meetings requiring cadavers and demonstrations of cutting-edge procedures are cropping up — offering a remedy for some of the headaches associated with planning hands-on health-care events.

BY Michelle R. Davis October 1, 2018

Nadya Okamoto Fights for Gender Equality with PERIOD Movement

Nadya Okamato is the founder of PERIOD, a nonprofit, youth-oriented organization dedicated to social change for menstrual equity. Her next goal? Making PERIOD a global movement and a key component of the fight for gender equality.

BY Jasmine Zhu October 1, 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

3 Ideas for Economical, Food-Related Centerpieces

Instead of pricier floral arrangements, why not try a few food-related options?

BY Convene Editors October 1, 2018

The Spark: The Way You Make Them Feel …

Shift your perspective from someone who organizes events to someone who creates inspiring experiences.

BY Don Neal October 1, 2018

‘Reach Out to Mentors Wherever You Find Them’

Tselote Hailemariam, meeting event manager of Council on Foundations, on her next career goal and her advice for young meeting professionals.

BY Jasmine Zhu October 1, 2018

Cape Town Turns Water Crisis Into Legacy

Rather than scare conferences away, the crisis became an opportunity to become a knowledge leader and global champion in an under-recognized but growing field.

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

‘Something We Have to Fix’

How the meetings industry is responding to homelessness.

BY Barbara Palmer September 26, 2018

Looking Ahead: Confronting Homelessness

Our industry — and our world — has a problem. Let’s work together as only we can to help solve it.

BY Sherrif Karamat September 26, 2018

At the Center

Homelessness is not just a DMO’s problem or a convention center’s problem. It’s on all of us.

BY Michelle Russell September 26, 2018

‘They Don’t Want to Feel Erased’

As U.S. states begin to recognize that the gender spectrum spans beyond male or female, Equality Institute founder Bernadette Smith thinks business events have an opportunity to follow suit — thereby creating an inclusive, respectful environment for all attendees.

BY Casey Gale September 24, 2018

Should We Ask Attendees to Turn Off Their Phones?

The evidence is mounting that phones fracture our attention and are distracting to those around us. Is it time to become more intentional about how we use them around others?

BY Barbara Palmer September 19, 2018

Glocal Flavor

How do you impress the world’s top chefs with the menu at a gala dinner? The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre chef decided to go all in with Malaysian cuisine. 

BY Corin Hirsch September 17, 2018

Placing Bets on Kentucky International Convention Center

With the Kentucky International Convention Center reopening, Louisville is back in the race to win convention business.

BY Cristi Kempf September 17, 2018

Who Does Your Association Conference Serve?

Your conference is for professionals — not the elite membership.

September 12, 2018

A Smarter Way to Fight Food Waste

At two successive food-waste conferences, attendees were given opportunities to continue to address this ‘societal breakdown,’ long after the events ended.

BY Casey Gale September 10, 2018