David Adler, C.E.O. and founder of BizBash to speak at Connect17

Connect17, Ireland’s meeting & events industry under one roof is a place to meet, learn and be inspired. This will be an experiential and educational opportunity like no other. The structure of the conventional meeting is radically changing and with Ireland fast becoming a favourite location for international conferences and exhibitions, it has never been more important to keep up to date with what is happening in our industry.

At ConnectTALKS you will have exclusive access to industry leaders and will hear from International experts on how to make the most of the opportunities in today’s market.

One of the most highly anticipated speakers of the event this year is David Adler, C.E.O. and founder of BizBash, the leading trade media for the Meetings and Events industry. David founded BizBash as an idea and resource marketplace for event organisers of all types of corporate and association planners, to those who plan high-end personal and social events. His site has become the largest media property in the business-to-business event industry with nearly 2 million annual user sessions.

Topics that David will discuss include trends and tribalness in events, what is happening with events that is making IOT the next big thing. He will also be touching on smart table cloths, drone butterflies and the new ROI which revolves around how many conversations you are curating. Finally, David will also be analysing DÎner en Blanc, the largest pop up dinner party in the world with over 160,000 people on the waiting list.

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.

Other 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.
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, ConnectTALKS will help transform your organisation, your business and yourself.

In attendance at Connect17, there will be hosted corporate/incentive buyers from the US, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, and Holland. The event will also welcome event planners from some of Ireland’s largest multi nationals, 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 Connect17 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.

Commenting, Nicola McGrane, Connect17 founder and CEO of Conference Partners International, Ireland’s leading business events company, said: “Business tourism in Ireland is growing year-on-year and delegates are staying longer and spending more. In the next decade, the industry is targeted to be worth over €1.1 billion and directly employ 29,000 people by 2028.

Connect17 has been created to give Ireland that platform to collectively support and drive growth to the business tourism sector. Connect17 is essentially an ‘Exhibition of Ireland’ which showcases the very best of what we have to offer, not just in terms of event spaces, but also the experience we give our international guests to make a good event a world-class one. For international companies and event organisers trying to get a holistic picture of Ireland, having all this information under one roof is crucial.”

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