Summer Eventia 2012 delivers high-performance speaker line-up and networking in London
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- Created on Wednesday, 25 April 2012 10:40
Summer Eventia 2012 delivers high-performance speaker line-up and networking in LondonA decision by the voice of the industry to bring its annual conference forward by three months was applauded this week as the Summer Eventia 2012 delivered engaging content and valued networking for over 200 delegates.
Hosted by Kings Place in London and rescheduled from its traditional July date to avoid a clash with the Olympics, the Summer Eventia saw 39 speakers participate in 18 sessions. These ranged from discussions around technology, creativity and the economy to nurturing talent, sustainability and the impact of the London 2012 Games.
Dennis Turner, former Chief Economist at HSBC opened the Summer Eventia on Monday 23 April with an insightful look at the economy, delivered in a light-hearted and engaging way.
Turner was followed by two panels of experts discussing the economic landscape for the events industry and the Olympic boost.
The afternoon on the first day was spent discussing the operational challenges of getting around London during the Games with, among others, Nicky Ward from Transport for London and Trevor Smith from LOCOG’s city operations team.
Delegates were then able to choose from a series of breakout sessions. Highlights included John Hooker’s take on working in the BRIC economies, new ideas and apprenticeship schemes to engage event talent and advice on the impact of recent changes to employment law. Day one ended with Andy Lopata’s masterclass in networking and a reception plus entertainment in Kings Place.
Highlights from the second day of the Summer Eventia 2012 included in-depth showcasing of the latest available technology including RFID and 3-D mapping, plus the latest social media tools to help amplify event messaging such as Storify and Pinterest.
Eventia Vice-Chairman Simon Hughes said: “The content programme for the Summer Eventia 2012 was driven by delegate responses from the previous year’s event. We listened to what the industry wanted in terms of education and networking. Judging by both anecdotal evidence and social media feedback from delegates, we have delivered on all aspects. I’m delighted with the results.”
Zanine Adams, Head of Event Solutions & UK Sales for destination host sponsor London & Partners said: “We were delighted to bring the Summer Eventia to London in 2012 and it was great to see so many fantastic speakers delivering content relevant to today’s event planning needs.”