Connect Showcase returns for 2017

Connect17, 17-18 October, RDS, Dublin, Ireland
The Connect Showcase is back for 2017. A place to learn, a place to be inspired and a place to meet, this will be an experiential and educational opportunity like no other – Ireland’s meeting & events industry under one roof.
The future of the events industry in Ireland is changing. The need for a more connected society with personalised experiences is right here, right now.


This year, three engaging and stimulating elements will form the foundation for this event and they include ConnectTALKS, ConnectSHOWFLOOR and ConnectFEST. This triad of learning, exchanging and connecting ensures all visitors to the showcase will achieve the maximum returns from such a short period of time.
ConnectTALKS will comprise of education sessions from some of the greatest thought leaders and industry pioneers both inside and outside of our industry. Attendees are sure to find a session that matches their needs, both professionally and personally.

Speakers include:
Gina London - An internationally recognized expert at helping professionals reach their greatest potential as dynamic and effective communicators.

Abigail E. Disney - A filmmaker, philanthropist and the CEO and president of Fork Films. Clare Dillon - Developer Experience and Evangelism Group Lead at Microsoft Ireland.

David Adler - C.E.O. and founder of BizBash, the leading trade media for the event and meeting industry. ConnectTALKS will be a hub of knowledge sharing, education and inspiration. Whether the goal is to improve lead generation, drive stronger consumer engagement or simply enhance personal and professional development, the ConnectTALKS will help transform your organization, your business and yourself.

Running alongside the educational series Connect17 will also showcase ConnectSHOWFLOOR. A market place to meet face to face with new and existing talented event professionals under one roof. With over 250 exhibitors already confirmed and 15 regions from around the country, we have ensured that all significant players from the industry will be in attendance. This will give our visitors the ability to see large numbers of products at the same time, to evaluate and compare them, to attend demonstrations and to ask detailed questions. Connect 17 will provide visitors with a comprehensive overview of the entire market and industry.

The third and final element of the event will be the eagerly awaited “ConnectFest” – An enjoyable festival style informal evening which will allow attendees to come away with new contacts and new ideas which will inspire and motivate them to make their next meeting, event or congress the best it can be. This inaugural event is already proving to be very popular among those in the industry who understand its importance as the limited number of tickets available are already selling fast.

Alongside this, The Connect17 Association hosted buyer programme will bring together meeting planners in an inspiring, creative and informal atmosphere. This is a rare and exciting opportunity to sample Ireland’s meetings offering and to network with the country’s most incredibly talented individuals all under one roof, over a two-day period. This is an exclusive programme with a limited number of places remaining, to enquire about a place please contact Jaime Bennett on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In attendance at Connect Showcase 2017, there will be Hosted Corporate/Incentive Buyers from The US, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, and Holland. The event will also welcome event planners from small to medium size companies, event professionals from agencies, PCOs and DMCs as well as National associations/Governmental and non-Governmental agencies who have an events calendar. Finally, we hope to engage with students which we will purposely target as one of the core objectives of Connect is to create awareness of the Industry and to attract talented business professionals into it. Connect17 is much more than your average trade show, it is a catalyst for transforming and expanding your business and your career.

The Connect Showcase is the brainchild of Nicola McGrane, CEO of Conference Partners International, Ireland’s leading business events specialists.

“Last year was the first year of Connect, and we received hugely positive feedback from delegates that attended. Ours is the only event in Ireland dedicated to events professionals and, this year, it is set to be bigger and better with over 250 hotels, venues and event suppliers coming together under the one roof.

“Not only that, but visitors will also get to experience key highlights from each region, the best of corporate entertainment, and more than 30 educational seminars.”

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