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Coronavirus: 42,869 Attend Hackathon

The German government has run a hackathon to brainstorm solutions to the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. 42,869 took part online in #WirVsVirus (“us versus the virus”). The result was more than 800 ideas on topics like shopping, childcare and symptom monitoring. Some of them have now been selected for funding. From Euractiv…

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Coronavirus: How the Current Crisis Should Reshape Associations

There has never been a more vital time for the services and value that associations provide, at precisely the moment traditional business models are falling apart. With a strong focus on societal mission, and by making urgent challenges the top priority, associations now have a unique opportunity to make difference. From Martin Sirk via Boardroom…

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Virtual Events Guide: Train Staff, Attendees, Speakers and Exhibitors

As more events pivot to virtual, it’s crucial to be giving staff, attendees, speakers and exhibitors the help and training they need to be confident in the space. Here are some pointers to assist all four groups in getting comfortable with new technology and learning to engage effectively within a virtual environment. From Associations Now…

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Coronavirus: Tips for Holding a Successful Online Meeting

While some organisers are taking the nuclear option and cancelling their events altogether, others postpone or try pivoting to online solutions to make sure delegates don’t miss out completely. William Thomas, CEO of Gallus Events, recalls the first online event he ran and the lessons learned from it. From Association Meetings International…

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Wellington Won 34 Bids for Conferences in 2019

Wellington in New Zealand punches above its weight in meetings. Last year the Business Events team at WellingtonNZ won 34 conference bids across a range of industries like computational engineering, medical science, environmental studies and public law. A new convention centre is due to open by the end of 2022. From Association Meetings International…

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Prague: CVB Ambassadors Build Technology Hub

Who helps an association to decide which destination should host its next conference? Who better to provide the personal element than the city’s own thought leaders? Prague’s Ambassador Program started back in 2008, shortly after the establishment of the Prague Convention Bureau. A collection of academics was assembled with immediate results. From Boardroom…

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Tackling Homelessness: Protesting at the UN Climate Conference

Homeless hackathons, like those being held this year in Edinburgh, Montreal, Barcelona, Dundee and London, are one way for meetings to tackle this pressing social issue. The MD of organiser Gallus Events recently had a personal experience of homelessness outside COP25, the UN Climate Change Conference, in Madrid. From Association Meetings International…

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Three Incredible Impacts: A Trilogy of Legacy

The “Incredible Impacts” grants celebrate the “beyond tourism” legacy value of international association meetings and their projects that are delivering positive social impact. A panel of independent judges from the association world determines which meetings have left a proven legacy, and award three grants of $7,500 on behalf of Iceberg partners BestCities Global Alliance and…

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Athens: From Ancient Symposia to Contemporary Conventions

Athens boasts an event history that spans 5,000 years. Holding modern meetings across sectors like maritime, sports, architectural design and culture, This is Athens-Convention & Visitors Bureau is now launching its own destination ambassador programme to attract knowledge through international conferences and grow sectors like IT. From Boardroom…

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Meetings Technology: Facilitating the Future of Face-to-Face

According to Jim Sharpe, the new CEO of Aventri, event technology is now far easier to use. Whether it’s using a WhatsApp group to stay in contact with event planners, or automating reporting to capture meeting metrics, technology is not only impacting carbon footprint but also changing and upskilling teams. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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