As AI makes inroads into areas that have traditionally been the domain of humans, the question becomes: Where will people fit in, particularly when it comes to work? Let’s take a peek into the future. You might want to buckle up.
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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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.