Waste not, want not: tackling food waste in the industry

The UK produces an estimated 9.5 million tonnes of food waste each year, according to food waste management charity WRAP. Holly Patrick finds out how the events industry is tackling this issue. Many of us recycle at home, some of us might even find creative ways to prevent peelings from going in the bin. But […]

5 High-Tech Tools and Platforms For Creating Engaging Hybrid Events

Meeting planners have been discussing hybrid events since the end of the last recession. The Greta Thunberg Effect brought “flight shaming” to meetings, and COVID-19 is forcing planners to put hybrid meetings in practice. “People are flipping out—our Facebook group is full of planners discussing how to do hybrid meetings,” says Shawna Suckow, founder of SPIN […]

A Scientific Foundation for the “New Now”

In these past months, the world has been experiencing a new level of digitalization, especially in regard to communication and collaboration. Most of us have gained experiences with virtual and hybrid formats or have tested new technological solutions. However, reflections on which of these approaches work well and, above all, which formats are helpful from the users’ point of view, have only just begun. The hybrid and spatially distributed congress BOCOM, which will be taking place on September 3rd, is the first event of its kind..

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What it’s like to travel for business in the new normal

Prior to the Covid-19 outbreak, the aim of the one-day Shanghai event was to gather 100 corporate travel buyers and managers from all over China to address travel management matters. While the pandemic did not force the event to be cancelled, postponed or (go) virtual, Corporate Travel Community (CTC) decided to trim the numbers by […]

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Trying to Solve for Networking in a Virtual Event

In March, it became obvious to Gita Sukthankar, Ph.D., that her conference was not going to happen as planned. It was a letdown for the associate professor in the computer science department at the University of Central Florida, who, as general chair of the International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS), was particularly […]

Social Distancing Solution: Wristbands Do the Talking for Attendees

When meetings and events can resume, participants are going to face a tough question: How close should I get to someone? This will be more challenging than the do-I-hug-or-high-five dance. As people start to come together again in group environments, they will have a wide range of comfort levels with physical proximity and contact and […]

Malaysia resumes business events for up to 250 pax

The Business Events Council Malaysia (BECM) welcomes the Malaysian government’s decision to reopen the business events sector, allowing the industry to host domestic events of up to 250 participants under comprehensive Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). The announcement demonstrates the recognition and importance of the business events industry in contributing to economic recovery. It affirms the […]

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