Future of Conferences

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 Many are still playing it safe in an industry which is heavily influenced by outdated principles of the pre-internet […]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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Your vote can take me to SXSW! South by Southwest, the festival dedicated to music, film and interactive technology, gives the opportunity to members of the community to propose panel sessions that will be then exposed to a ponderated voting round by the staff (30% weight on the final decision), the board (40%) and the […]

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Monique van Dusseldorp (web, twitter) has been working as programmer of seminars and conferences on creativity, innovation, ICT and future developments for the last 20 years, launching several successful events like Picnic and TEDxAmsterdam by bringing together international and Dutch audiences and speakers. During the following video, Monique describes the changing nature of events and […]

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Gary Vaynerchuck (or garyvee for short) is like a nuclear powered volcano with clear ideas: if you start him up on one topic he will erupt in honest, direct and rather colorful descriptions of what he thinks of it, and you will hardly be able to regain control of him. That is probably why so […]

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I recently met Jeffrey Hayzlett, Chief Marketing Officer Worldwide for Eastman Kodak, at the 140Conf in London and we talked about his vision on The Future of Conferences. Jeffrey, who was one of the keynote speakers during PICNIC ’09, is the rare kind of corporate executive that has embraced social media into his regular business […]

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Yesterday I met Peter van Lindonk, director of the PINC Conference during a workshop and I asked him for his vision on the Future of Conferences. “The human size of conferences will be emphasized more and more and more […] the eye to eye, arm to arm, hand to hand meetings will be far more […]

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Following his series of videos started here, Robin Good further explores what in his opinion is going to be the  future of conferences: engaged audiences and extended events. Robin pitches two ideas for events to move from the classic (and rather obsolete) top-town broadcasting model, where the attendees are just a passive observer, to a […]

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I met Bruce Sterling, famous science fiction author and media guru, last month in Turin (Italy) during a very interesting event; I Realize. After his participation to a panel discussion on cities, movement and interaction, we talked about the future of conferences, Italy’s ability in pulling out big events and other interesting conferences like ARS […]

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I asked the famous online entrepreneur Robin Good from Master New Media his opinion on what is going to be the future of conferences. In this first part he describes how a conference is going to be “extended”: Starting way before the physical event (if there is one) and lasting a long time after the […]

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