2023 Conference programme

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Association & Corporate Event Theatre
  1. Association & Corporate Event Theatre
    • Association Events
    In this session Rob Eveleigh will explore trends surrounding attendee engagement, and what the modern attendee really needs to get out of an association meeting with three expert's in their fields. Th ...
  2. Association & Corporate Event Theatre
    • Association Events
    The British Society of Soil Science set its standards high when it confirmed Glasgow for its 2022 meeting, just eight months after the city hosted COP26. It wanted to do better. This is a case study f ...
  3. Association & Corporate Event Theatre
    • Association Events
    Food has been a much discussed subject as a key area where major meetings and events can become greener. Carbon Labelling is a new innovation being led by the industry and will shortly be available in ...
  4. Association & Corporate Event Theatre
    • Association Events
    Accessibility has taken a back seat when set against other industry trends, from sustainability to inclusion. However, as we look at a new way of conducting our meetings, it now becomes the third poin ...
  5. Association & Corporate Event Theatre
    • Association Events
    Raising revenue has always been a challenge for associations, and the events of the last few years have only created new obstacles. However, our modern, hyper-connected world means that reaching your ...
  6. Association & Corporate Event Theatre
    • Association Events
    Developed by a speaker at over 2 700 events to create and deliver better conferences and events: you'll learn how to overcome delegate fatigue and banish 'death by PowerPoint' and discover how to ensu ...
Event Tech Theatre
  1. Event Tech Theatre
    • Event Tech
    In an increasingly complex technical landscape with both live, hybrid and virtual experiences demanding more from us as event planners than ever, how can we use technology not only wow our audience, b ...
  2. Event Tech Theatre
    • Event Tech
    Are we robbing events of their data potency? Without a playbook for timely action, the impact of data on buying decisions can become diluted. Join us as we explore the concept of ‘Data Potency’ and sh ...
  3. Event Tech Theatre
    • Event Tech
    Are you ready for limitless creativity and new revenue streams? You don't have to be a gamer or a Bitcoin expert to get involved with the Metaverse. Many wonder: Is it just a short-lived trend or the ...
  4. Event Tech Theatre
    • Event Tech
    Fintech Week London is an annual week-long series of events which highlight and celebrate London’s fintech industry, including a 2-day flagship conference bringing together 1000+ senior decision maker ...
  5. Event Tech Theatre
    • Event Tech
    As people become increasingly sceptical and hesitant about sharing personal data, this has serious implications across the events industry. What does this mean for the conference, congress and exhibit ...
  6. Event Tech Theatre
    • Event Tech
    Most people think of AI as advanced science fiction, until the news hit a few weeks ago - but the reality is that AI is already a part of our lives and with the incredible upsurge in users "playing" w ...
  7. Event Tech Theatre
    • Event Tech
    Event AV and IT requirements have been on a roller coaster ride over the last three years with planners leaning more heavily on virtual and hybrid options. Face-to-face is back but planners haven’t gi ...
  8. Event Tech Theatre
    Around the world of event tech in 40 mins, a series of short snappy pecha kucha style presentations of must have technology to enhance your events
Let's Do London Theatre
  1. Let's Do London Theatre
    Multiple factors have conspired to make the world a challenging place in the last few years, and life as an event professional remains amongst the most stressful jobs out there. This panel investigate ...
  2. Let's Do London Theatre
    As in-person experiences come back with more demand than ever, are hybrid events formats gathering pace, and will they remain a key part of the events landscape? This panel discusses the future of vir ...
  3. Let's Do London Theatre
    • Corporate Events
    With international travel and events picking up quickly post-pandemic, competition is fierce to secure new international business events to support the visitor economy and leverage new inward investme ...
  4. Let's Do London Theatre
    • Corporate Events
    The past few years have seen the events landscape change dramatically, and this is set to continue as technology, norms and ways of working evolve. This panel looks at current event trends, and how th ...
People & Culture Theatre
  1. People & Culture Theatre
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    "Why are organisations shy to share what they have been doing in the DE&I space?" In this panel discussion, Gabby (Founder and Director of Diversity Alliance) will be speaking with organisations about ...
  2. People & Culture Theatre
    • People & Culture
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    Acknowledging the elephant in the room - when will things truly be inclusive for the events industry? Disability is not a bad word, or a terminology that event professionals should be nervous over. So ...
  3. People & Culture Theatre
    • People & Culture
     
  4. People & Culture Theatre
    • People & Culture
    Most companies publish a set of core values. Is that the last that many of us hear about them. This session looks at the benefits that living your company values brings to attraction, recruitment, ret ...
Sales & Marketing Excellence Theatre
  1. Sales & Marketing Excellence Theatre
    • Sales Excellence
    • Marketing
    The world of sales is ever changing and the best salespeople are those who adopt a new and strategic way to embrace this change and deliver better value for their clients. The word value is bandied ar ...
  2. Sales & Marketing Excellence Theatre
    • Sales Excellence
    A panel discussion with industry experts, discussing "How important is the role of revenue retention in scaling up event and media businesses? How to integrate a culture and pattern of renewal into sa ...
  3. Sales & Marketing Excellence Theatre
    • Sales Excellence
    We all know asking long-term, loyal clients to pay an extra 10% is a tough ask at best. Why? We often cannot PROVE the level of the ROI an event has delivered vs objectives. Working through real life ...
  4. Sales & Marketing Excellence Theatre
    • Sales Excellence
    Are you tired of hearing about the economic headwinds and the permacrisis? Do you want to hear more about recent research findings and what to do next to close your sales opportunity gap? Then Janice ...
  5. Sales & Marketing Excellence Theatre
    • Marketing
    If you're not already using TikTok to supercharge your event attendance, you should be! Learn how to stand out and grab your audience's attention using TikTok advertising. In this session we will cove ...
  6. Sales & Marketing Excellence Theatre
    • Marketing
    Find out the latest innovations for marketing your event using paid media. Utilise Google, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Programmatic Advertising and more within your event marketing strategy ...
  7. Sales & Marketing Excellence Theatre
    • Marketing
    Across the industry, marketing budgets are being cut quicker than you can say 'search engine optimisation'. In his insightful talk, Jon Benjamin, the MD of event website specialists ASP, will reveal h ...
Sustainability Theatre
  1. Sustainability Theatre
    • Sustainability
    Matt (event:decision) and Chris (You.Smart.Thing) dissect Confex 2023, where the key drivers of sustainability really are & where you should concentrate to plan & deliver your own sustainable event.
  2. Sustainability Theatre
    • Sustainability
    Find the right balance for your business' sustainability narrative that navigates around the dangers of both greenwashing and green-hushing. Discover how to deliver an authentic story in your venue or ...
  3. Sustainability Theatre
    • Sustainability
    We all know that sustainability is a buzz word in our industry currently, but how do we turn a ‘fad’ into a critical consideration in every project we work on? In this session Christianne will talk th ...
  4. Sustainability Theatre
    • Sustainability
    This presentation, from ‘You. Smart. Thing.’ CEO, Chris Thompson, will explore the politics, practicalities, data capture, insights and legacy behaviour change that can be gained by using digital assi ...
The Power of Events Theatre
  1. The Power of Events Theatre
    • People & Culture
    How is the events landscape changing and what does it mean for the industry - what trends do we expect to sustain and what's coming down the line? This panel will explore the future of the industry.
  2. The Power of Events Theatre
    • People & Culture
    How have the expectations for live experiences from our business clients and consumer audiences changed in recent years? An expert panel will debate briefs, objectives and legacy that are now central ...
  3. The Power of Events Theatre
    • People & Culture
    Whether you use freelancers every day or for intermittent projects, this panel is for you. Leading event professionals explore the power of the freelance expertise and how to best use their broad expe ...
  4. The Power of Events Theatre
    • Wellness/Mental Health/Imposter Syndrome
    • Sustainability
    • People & Culture
    • Sales Excellence
    • Event Tech
    • Corporate Events
    • Association Events
    • Marketing
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    Exhibition News’ annual recognition and celebration of the rising talent in the exhibitions industry takes centre stage on the Power of Events Theatre. Meet the class of ’23 and celebrate with the EN ...
  5. The Power of Events Theatre
    • People & Culture
    It's no secret the industry is lacking in talent across all roles. We will look at what we should do to attract and support the next generation of event professionals whether they are university gradu ...
  6. The Power of Events Theatre
    • People & Culture
    • Corporate Events
    A hugely challenging and rewarding team-building experience that proves our attitude and our determination to tackle problems can make a positive, life-changing difference to the future of those less ...
Association & Corporate Event Theatre
  1. Association & Corporate Event Theatre
    Event professionals have a responsibility to ensure that they are leaving a positive legacy on the local community and the wider planet for future generations. Hear insights, tips and experiences on h ...
  2. Association & Corporate Event Theatre
    • Corporate Events
    Web3 isn't creeping up on us anymore, it's here! There is a lot to learn and a lot to unpack, but it doesn't have to be scary and it shouldn't remain at arms length. We events professionals are known ...
  3. Association & Corporate Event Theatre
    We are submitting three sessions: The Power of a Network & Building Your Professional Brand A focus on sustainability as a corporate event professional (with London & Partners & Make Events) Imposter ...
  4. Association & Corporate Event Theatre
    • Corporate Events
    The advent of hybrid working has had a significant impact on the frequency with which we meet in-person, how we communicate, even the availability of event and meeting space as organisations reduce th ...
  5. Association & Corporate Event Theatre
    • Corporate Events
    Grant Dudson is Creative Director of the Chorus agency, who look after clients from Diageo to Tudor, Bulgari to Mont Blanc. He is also one of the biggest and most followed influencers from within the ...
  6. Association & Corporate Event Theatre
    • Corporate Events
    Unlock the power of immersive brand experiences and drive meaningful engagement with your audience. How can you get your audiences engaging in a way that drives action – especially with time being of ...
Event Tech Theatre
  1. Event Tech Theatre
    • Event Tech
    The events industry is famously - and rightly - risk averse when it comes to procuring products and services. For organisers of large events in particular, there are few opportunities to road-test how ...
  2. Event Tech Theatre
    • Event Tech
    The growing popularity of virtual and augmented reality has contributed to the trend of the metaverse as a necessity growth. The gaming industry was the first to bring about the metaverse, where playe ...
  3. Event Tech Theatre
    Around the world of event tech in 40 mins, a series of short snappy pecha kucha style presentations of must have technology to enhance your events
Let's Do London Theatre
  1. Let's Do London Theatre
    Inclusivity and accessibility is now a major part of events industry discourse. But not all disabilities are obvious, and some attendees can still feel marginalised. Addressing this is complex, and re ...
  2. Let's Do London Theatre
    • Corporate Events
    With inflation soaring, it’s essential for corporate event organisers to be shrewd with their budgets and event strategies. This discussion delves into the changing dynamics of events and how event pl ...
  3. Let's Do London Theatre
    Events have become an invaluable cog in the marketing machine, consistently proving ROI and leaving long-lasting impressions. This discussion explores where events fit into your overall strategy and h ...
  4. Let's Do London Theatre
    With events proliferating post-covid, it’s an attendees’ market at the moment. What does this mean for bringing in attendees to events, and for guaranteeing lasting value for your brand? This panel lo ...
People & Culture Theatre
  1. People & Culture Theatre
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    There’s a growing awareness of the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in events. Strong DEI initiatives translate into attendees who are satisfied, engaged, and have high levels of t ...
  2. People & Culture Theatre
    1/5th of the population are disabled in some way and statistics show EVERYONE will be disabled at some point in their life. In this workshop, you will learn why accessibility is an important aspect of ...
Sales & Marketing Excellence Theatre
  1. Sales & Marketing Excellence Theatre
    • Marketing
    It’s been amazing to watch the transformation of events as a marketing channel over the past few years. In many ways, the new reach and engagement potential of events have made them even more valuable ...
  2. Sales & Marketing Excellence Theatre
    • Marketing
    We have many different audiences today, those that are with us in the auditorium, those that are hidden behind a screen and those that view in their own time. Let's face it, we have very little contro ...
  3. Sales & Marketing Excellence Theatre
    • Marketing
    Through experience I have proved influencer marketing is extremely beneficial (and profitable) to B2B events, and I want to inspire and educate other marketing / events professionals on how to maximis ...
  4. Sales & Marketing Excellence Theatre
    • Marketing
    In this session, Mel will walk you through the 7 steps she takes to consistently deliver highly attended events across the globe for her clients. From setting clear goals, designing an event that will ...
  5. Sales & Marketing Excellence Theatre
    • Marketing
     
Sustainability Theatre
  1. Sustainability Theatre
    • Sustainability
    Organisations throughout the meetings and events are committing to achieve net zero carbon by 2050. But how can they achieve it, The Net Zero Carbon Events initiative, led by the Joint Meetings Indust ...
  2. Sustainability Theatre
    • Sustainability
    Having led the sustainability and social values strategy for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, Selina shares lessons for maintaining environmental transparency a ...
  3. Sustainability Theatre
    • Sustainability
    The Business Design Centre (BDC) has, in May 2022, released the company’s roadmap to Net-Zero, explaining how it intends to achieve this ambitious target by 2030 - 20 years ahead of the internationall ...
The Power of Events Theatre
  1. The Power of Events Theatre
    • People & Culture
    Online communities have become an integral part of the UK events industry. This panel will explore how these digital networks have impacted the workforce both during covid and beyond.
  2. The Power of Events Theatre
    • People & Culture
    This panel explores the opportunities that a new cross-sector approach to research and insights will bring to the whole of the UK events industry. Collaboration and coordination underpin the new era o ...
  3. The Power of Events Theatre
    If you had a crystal ball and could see your future, what would you want to see? Are you financially independent? Are you running your own agency? Did you finally go sky diving or take that 6-month tr ...
  4. The Power of Events Theatre
    • People & Culture
    • Corporate Events
    • Marketing
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    We are a small events company with a big heart. We pride ourselves on striving to bring together communities, charities and businesses wherever we go. We create an event that has a lasting legacy with ...
  5. The Power of Events Theatre
    • People & Culture
    Has the baseline expectation of knowledge changed and are there evolved skillsets now required for event professionals? Hear from industry experts about how you can stay relevant and continue to grow ...
  6. The Power of Events Theatre
    • Wellness/Mental Health/Imposter Syndrome
    • Sustainability
    • People & Culture
    • Event Tech
    • Corporate Events
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    Conference News’ annual recognition and celebration of the rising talent in the events industry takes centre stage on the Power of Events theatre. Meet the class of ’23 and celebrate with the CN 30/30 ...

  • Diversity Alliance
  • EPL
  • Hire Space
  • Power of Events

 

Theatre Partners

  • HUBILO

 

Event Tech Theatre Sponsor

  • esmos
  • Tembo
  • SEC

 

Sales & Marketing Theatre Sponsor