Future of Conferences

One of the toughest things when launching a new event is having enough money to kickstart the process, book a venue and the first speakers before any money has been made through ticket sales or sponsorships. You don’t only need to have the money in the bank but also risk it all for a product […]

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Rarely have I seen such a clear and useful way to represent the event strategy of a company. Michelle Thorne (blog, twitter) of the Mozilla Foundation (the guys behind the web browser Firefox among other things) has recently published the Mozilla Event Menu, and overview of different event formats they will be acting throughout the year […]

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During 2011 I’ve organized a couple of events, spoke at 5 or 6 and attended in total more than 20 in 8 different countries, big and small, including international conferences, seminars, meet-ups , gatherings and university lectures. Many are still playing it safe in an industry which is heavily influenced by outdated principles of the pre-internet […]

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Last month at the Wired Conference I talked with Julius Solaris, editor of the Event Manager Blog, about the current trends in the events world. Read the full article here. Watch the video below.

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The Conference (web, Facebook), an event organized by the Swedish Media Evolution (web, twitter) will be the first conference to use the innovative socual micropayment service Flattr (web, twitter) to allow attendees to reward (or flatter, from where the name “flattr” comes from) sessions, speakers, exhibitors and other participants that make a valuable contribution (e.g. […]

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The GEL conference (web, twitter, Facebook) is one of the big inspirational events of the US. The 9th annual spring conference will take place next April 28-29 in New York. I asked Mark Hurst (profile, twitter, Facebook), founder of GEL, to describe its main features and the biggest challenges he faces every year as an […]

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At the World Business Forum in Milan I had the chance to talk with bestselling author and management guru Don Tapscott (web, twitter, facebook) on how to make a richer conference experience and how microblogging kicks into the learning process. For the conference organizer his advice can be summed up as building communities rather than […]

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David Rowan (Blog, Twitter) is the Editor of Wired UK, a fellow runner and conference junkie. He attends several top conferences every month both as attendee and speaker/moderator, so we met at his office in London to discuss what makes a great conference. According to David “the key to a well organized conference is curation […]

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The world of advertising is rapidly being transformed by new ways of engaging with consumers through novel storytelling over different platforms (on and off-line). I firmly believe that conferences should follow a similar trend in order to upgrade their experiences. To learn more about how to do this I met Dan Hon (blog, Twitter, Linkedin), […]

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Today at the New Media Days Conference (Web, Twitter, Facebook) in Copenhagen, Kevin Kelly (Web, Wikipedia, Twitter)  delivered a very interesting keynote on the characteristics of the “new media” environment and its opportunities for Media companies, be it old or new ones. Kelly, who has just published a book titled “What technology wants”, focused on […]

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