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The Meetings Show’s education programme has technology at its heart

Following significant attendance in 2015 and responding directly to attendee feedback, technology sessions created by The Meetings Design Institute are once again expected to be amongst the most popular at The Meetings Show from 14-16 June, 2016.

The education programme features ten different streams, and in addition to technology sessions in the healthcare, PA, corporate, agency and association streams, The Meetings Show’s education programme will feature an entire stream dedicated to the use of technology in events.  The technology programme has been created in partnership with Maarten Vanneste from The Meetings Design Institute and also includes content and sessions from Abbit Meeting Support.

“The technology sessions were very popular and well reviewed last year,” comments The Meetings Show’s Event Director, Steve Knight.  “Buyers and planners are constantly provided with solutions and methods to supposedly improve their events but not all are relevant and beneficial.  Our sessions examine the various technologies on offer, discuss their value and ultimately help organisers choose those of relevance to their events.”

Key sessions in the technology stream include:
·         5+ Tools for interactive Meetings - From voting by smartphone to 360 VR, interactivity is great, co-creation is even better. This session will demonstrate a number of tools that create activity, action, interaction, creation and co-creation. No more boring meetings, it’s time to transform audiences into engaged participants! Presented by Diedre Brannck and Juraj Holub.  

·         Technology for Presentation Improvement - What AV essentials are needed to support speakers? This session looks at how to help speakers use technology that changes the audience into participants and makes speakers talk less, whilst allowing the audience to contribute more. Presented by Mike Piddock.  

·         Technology Toolbox: selecting the right tool for your meeting – Everyone recognises the need for technology – but which tools should be used? Which factors should be taken into account when choosing the right solution for meetings? This session has been created to broaden horizons and make the Technology Toolbox grow and shine. Presented by Maarten Vanneste and Jelmer van Ast.  

·         Technology Update - An intense set of short updates from experts covering topics such as technology for interaction, keypads or phones, co-creation, hybrid, geolocation & beacons, event data and gamification. Presented by Tim Bull, Diedre Brannck, Martin Klofver and Fredrik Hoel.  

Maarten Vanneste, from The Meetings Design Institute said: “Technology is constantly evolving with new possibilities, ideas and technology that need to be assessed understood and used in a relevant way.  The Meetings Show is the ideal place for such an update and we look forward to the impact these sessions will have on the audience.”

Organised by Centaur Live (a division of Centaur Media Plc), The Meetings Show is the premier event for the UK inbound and outbound meetings industry, taking place 14-16 June 2016 at Olympia, London. Organised by meeting professionals for meeting professionals it is focused around a large exhibition, networking opportunities and professional education.

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