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August 2019

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Innovative World Tunnel Congress Program Digs into Naples Locations

For the 2019 World Tunnel Congress, organizer AIM Group International mined unusual off-site locations in Naples — including, you guessed it, in tunnels — to both educate and create a strong sense of place.

BY Curt Wagner August 25, 2019

International Literacy Association Goes Back to School for Event

The International Literacy Association met the challenge of delivering an exceptional professional development experience on a limited operational budget by holding its conference in a unique — and yet entirely fitting — setting.

BY Cristi Kempf August 24, 2019

Will Automation Put Women Out of Work?

Experts say the gender issues that traditionally have impacted women more than their male counterparts could create even bigger barriers for them as all workers face changes in technology and automation.

BY Barbara Palmer August 22, 2019

How Technology Can Help Tell Deeply Human Stories

Here’s a striking example of using technology — 3D holograms to be specific — to preserve human history, for our benefit. Underscore the benefit part.

BY Michelle Russell August 17, 2019

HospitableMe’s Mission: Teaching LGBTQ Sensitivity

HospitableMe helps tourism and hospitality industry professionals make LGBTQ travelers feel welcome. Sometimes, its founder says, that requires “a little bit of history, a little bit of sociology, a little bit of biology, a little bit of Ripley’s Believe It or Not, to kind of bring [them] around.”

BY Casey Gale August 16, 2019

ASH Annual Meeting Gets Artsy for Attendee Wellness

The American Society of Hematology asked health-care practitioners, whose own wellness often takes a back seat, to answer the question, “What Keeps Your Heart in Medicine?”— through an art installation at its annual meeting.

BY Michelle Russell August 15, 2019

CryptoChicks Breaks Down Blockchain Barriers

What better way to demonstrate how women can take the lead in blockchain and cryptocurrency communities than with a hackathon in which they tackle big challenges?

BY David McMillin August 12, 2019

Best in Show 2019: Inspiring Examples of Meeting Design

There’s no shortage of creativity when it comes to professionals designing their events. For this year’s annual Best in Show, Convene shares how some organizers’ innovative initiatives have set their events apart.

BY Convene Editors August 12, 2019

IBA’s Welcome Party Entices All 5 Senses

AIM Group International created a gala dinner that wowed 4,000 International Bar Association conference participants. How? For starters, with the setting, a villa outside of Rome, where construction work began in 1598 and the views go on forever.

BY Curt Wagner Lane Nieset August 12, 2019

Having a Heart for Financially-Challenged, International Attendees

The Heart Rhythm Society lowered registration fees for conference participants coming from lower- and lower-middle income countries in order to spread electrophysiology education to developing economies.

BY David McMillin August 12, 2019

Building Connections Inside and Outside an Event

Sustainable Brands chose Detroit to host its conference, and used interactive experiences in parts of the city as ways to showcase how to respond to sustainability challenges.

BY Barbara Palmer August 12, 2019

BMES Engineers Registration Fee Savings for Student Attendees

Each year, a volunteer program at the Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting gives student attendees an opportunity to work off their registration fee.

BY Cristi Kempf August 12, 2019

RIMS’ Conference Exhibitors Face Off in Start-Up Stadium

Six emerging start-up exhibitors at RIMS Conference demonstrated their technologies during a “Shark Tank”–style showdown judged by an expert panel of risk professionals.

BY Barbara Palmer August 12, 2019

Workshop Battles Boredom by Dropping Lectures for Experiences

The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers declared war on boring lectures with a two-day leadership workshop held at the National World War II Museum.

BY Barbara Palmer August 12, 2019

Will Automation Make Your Job Obsolete?

A pair of Oxford University researchers calculated the likelihood that jobs across a wide range of industries and professions could be lost to automation. Where do event organizers fall on the list?

BY Barbara Palmer August 1, 2019

Why the Workplace of the Future Is Emotional

Feel like you have to check your emotions at the door when you go to work? In the future, say the authors of a new book, that will no longer be the case.

BY Michelle Russell August 1, 2019

Exploring C&I, the New Q&A

Looking for ways to freshen up its meeting for nearly 8,000 attendees, the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology dropped the Q&A and opted for a conversations and input format. Here’s how it went over.

BY Casey Gale August 1, 2019

Can VR Experiences Be a Force for Good?

At PCMA’s Convening Leaders 2019, the Virtual Reality Empathy Experience, designed by researchers at Stanford University, gave participants a chance to experience the power of VR for themselves and to evaluate its potential use for their own events.

BY Michelle Russell August 1, 2019

How the World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf Fosters Inclusivity for Its Attendees

The WFD Congress is organized by one of the oldest international organizations for people with disabilities, so making it inclusive and accessible to all attendees is a priority. At this year’s event, organizers ensured that the venue was physically accessible, and gave significant considerations to language access.

BY Casey Gale August 1, 2019

Keeping Pace in Vancouver

Vancouver seems to be a magnet for those who think a little bigger, and take a few more chances, says a Convene writer after her recent trip sponsored by Tourism Vancouver.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst July 31, 2019

You Can’t Automate the Care, Skills of Maintainers

It began as a joke between two professors and grew into a movement and an event celebrating the work of individuals who keep society’s systems running — professionals who are largely ignored in a culture that places a premium on innovation.

BY Michelle Russell July 31, 2019

Roy Evans, a True Leader, Visionary in the Events Industry

The business events industry lost a giant with the passing in July of former PCMA President and CEO Roy B. Evans, Jr., CAE, who built PCMA into the global leader in the business events industry it is today.

BY Sherrif Karamat July 31, 2019

These Job Skills Once Topped a Forecast for 2020. Do They Hold Up?

A lot has changed in the last five years, when the business website Inc. published a list of job skills pundits predicted would be critical in 2020. But, although we suggest a few tweaks, much of the advice is holding up.

BY Barbara Palmer July 31, 2019

Three Trends for Better Events

Looking at how three trends identified in the PCMA Foundation and Marriott “Future of Meetings & Events” report — sense of place, multimodal design, and bigger than oneself — resonate for planners.

BY Beth Surmont July 30, 2019

Women Deliver Conference Tries ‘to Shake Up Power Dynamics’

When the largest conference on gender equality, Women Deliver, gathered in Vancouver last month, they explored one question in particular: How are you going to use your power for good?

BY Jennifer N. Dienst July 9, 2019

Challenge Organization, Attendees with Wisdom Conferences Sessions

Looking for a way to differentiate your conference? Drop the ‘something-for-everyone’ program approach and use your event as a setting to deliver wisdom, says Dave Lutz of Velvet Chainsaw Consulting. Here’s what that looks like.

BY Dave Lutz, CMP July 9, 2019

How to Make the Posters at Your Meeting More Meaningful

An online movement to rethink research posters at medical and scientific meetings has found a following. Here’s the simple way to transform this stock feature of major medical and scientific conferences that has gone viral.

BY David McMillin June 24, 2019

Vanessa Loney: ‘There is Never a Dull Moment When Planning Events’

Vanessa Loney, head of global planning at Blue Ribbon Events, talked to Convene about her biggest career mistake, along with advice for young meeting professionals.

BY Jasmine Zhu June 19, 2019

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