Cape Town: MBA World Summit 2018

January 23, 2019

Cape Town: MBA World Summit 2018

Conferences and exhibitions drive industries, propel business and contribute significantly to global GDP. In South Africa, they contribute over R115 billion to national GDP. They are a transformative strategy for countries looking to boost their knowledge and creative economies.

In March 2018, the MBA World Summit was held in Philippi, the largest township in Cape Town, South Africa, where local entrepreneurs were partnered with international MBA students to help them grow their businesses through skills transfer and knowledge sharing. The MBA World Summit is a perfect example of how business events are the catalyst for large-scale socio-economic impacts, not only on tourism, but also on deal making, business transactions, training, research, development and education.

Read The Iceberg’s case study here.

January 23, 2019

Estonia Is Organising its Next Fam Trip

The Estonian Convention Bureau and the Estonian Tourist Board are inviting international meeting and event planners to an exclusive MEET ESTONIA fam trip, taking place from Tuesday, April 2nd to Thursday, April 4th (with optional post-tours extending to April 5th).

During the trip meeting planners will discover some of the country’s meeting venues and hotels, learn about all the social programmes and activities on offer and get to know key people in the Estonian MICE industry. Optional post-tours will take the planners to Tartu, which is Estonia’s university town and IT hub as well as the oldest city in Baltic states, among others.

Registration is open until January 27th 2019.

January 22, 2019

New Workshop Coming Up by ESAE

The European Society of Association Executives (ESAE), partners of Boardroom, is organising its next event on 19 February. In the framework of a series of workshops announced by the Society since its launch, this second workshop will deal with Digitalisation for Associations.

Co-organised with Cambre Associates, ESAE members will have the opportunity to get unique insights on how to make sense of all the rapid changes that digitalisation brings to association members’ work. The event will explore how to use the changes to create more added value for ESAE members and to make day-to-day management easier.

The next workshop revolves around Crisis management. Stay tuned for program and location.

January 16, 2019

ICC Sydney’s Geoff Donaghy on CSR and Legacy

Boardroom receives some insights from ICC Sydney CEO and Director Convention Centres, AEG Ogden, Geoff Donaghy, as ICC Sydney prepares for its busiest year ever after a successful run of events of all kinds and formats in 2018.

In what ways is CSR embedded in your business model? How do your clients relate to that?

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is deeply embedded in ICC Sydney’s philosophy, culture and business model. We consider CSR as both an obligation and opportunity. As we are managing a major piece of city infrastructure that involves very significant amounts of public and private investment, the obligation is to manage the venue as successfully as possible and create the maximum economic impact. The opportunity on the other hand, is to create a new paradigm in the way that venues, like ICC Sydney, operate and to deliver the maximum community impact by ensuring the flow of benefits from events reaches a broad cross section of the community.

You just launched the 5th stream of your Legacy Program: Creative Industries. Can you tell us about it? 

The Creative Industries stream has been curated to complement the Legacy Program’s four core streams – Innovators & Entrepreneurs, Generation Next, First Australians and Sustainable Events and to drive long-term social, economic and environment outcomes, which are both meaningful and measurable.

The program will actively work to cultivate a lasting legacy from fostering support for Sydney’s emerging and established artists through cultural institutions and colleges to engaging new talent for event performances from Talent Development Project and connecting with festival programs including VIVID and Sydney Festival. From a design perspective, ICC Sydney has partnered with Dinosaur Designs, maker of bold and instantly recognisable Australian homewares, to create bespoke Sydney gifts and handmade award trophies in their signature style.

What has been the feedback on the Program from your clients’ altogether?

Our Legacy Program is still in its early stages, as is ICC Sydney as we have just entered our third year of operation.

The feedback we have received from clients about the program has been overwhelmingly positive and we are now starting to see the benefits of the discussions that have taken place well before the event delivery. As events often go through a three to five year planning process, it’s important to discuss the opportunities through program at the stages of the planning phase.

You successfully hosted  SIBOS last year: how did you help them make an impact/leave a legacy?

The multi-faceted Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program executed at Sibos was designed by ICC Sydney’s dedicated CSR team in partnership with event organisers, SWIFT. The program focussed on reducing the ecological footprint of Sibos at all stages of event delivery as well as support community engagement. This included organic waste and recycling processing initiatives, minimisation of plastic water bottle consumption, excess food donations and the establishment of the first ICC Sydney Charity Market Day. Here, event exhibitors collectively donated 150 items to seven local charity organisations to be repurposed for their communities, from astro turf to umbrellas and potted plants.

In a record result for an event of its size and scale, a waste diversion rate of 62.5% was achieved, including 88% of materials being diverted from landfill during the event bump out and 15,200 plastic water bottles being saved.

ICC Sydney’s partnership with OzHarvest and Mathew Talbot hostel resulted in 855 kilograms of food being saved across a one-week period, representing the equivalent of 2,564 meals being donated to community members in need and 1,120 tonnes of fertilizer being produced from organic waste matter.

January 15, 2019

Investment and Re-development for Leeds in 2019

2018 saw Leeds climb to the fourth place of most popular conferencing city in the UK, according to the 2018 British Meetings and Events Industry survey (BMEIS). The city plans to continue last year’s investment also in 2019 with the refurbishment of many more Leeds venues, with the Leeds Town Hall and the recently re-named Leeds Playhouse currently undergoing a massive redevelopment to improve their conferencing spaces. Alongside this, a variety of new venues are set to open and some of the cultural spaces in the city continue to benefit from investment.
The brand new NEXUS centre will also open up this year providing a range of spaces for networking and collaboration, including meeting rooms, presentation space and an innovation suite, as well as offering office and laboratory space for external technology-led companies. This will be part of the new Innovation Centre in the city, which is focused on the academic and economic strengths of the city, particularly health innovation, engineering, financial and business services, data analytics and digital technologies.
Leeds has already laid the foundations for the Innovation District, the largest centre for knowledge-based industries and financial services outside the capital which attracts some of the best and most innovative companies and researchers from within the UK and further afield.

January 11, 2019

The Ultimate Legacy Ever in Adelaide?

Last month, the Premier of South Australia in a joint announcement with the Australian Prime Minister announced Adelaide would be the home of Australia’s new A$41m Space Agency and in doing so, created one of, if not the largest legacies of any Australian business event.

Held at Adelaide Convention Centre, the 2017 International Astronautical Congress (IAC) with 4500 delegates remains the largest business event won by the Adelaide Convention Bureau and Team Adelaide for South Australia.  From the outset of the  decade long process in bidding, losing, re-bidding and winning the highly prestigious event, the goal of the  local IAC committee members from the Space Industry Association of Australia was to utilise the event to ignite discussion and enthusiasm at a federal government level with the aim of creating an Australian Space Agency.  Their goal was realised on 25 September 2017 at the opening ceremony of the 5-day event with the announcement that the Government would indeed open a National Space Agency –  and thus began a fierce bidding process by most Australian states to house the agency’s permanent headquarters.

The Australian Space Agency location announcement is the pinnacle of a series of legacies eventuating from the IAC 2017.  It will be housed, along with similarly aligned businesses, innovators and organisations, in the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site (now known as Lot Fourteen Innovation Hub) in the eastern end of the CBD – just walking distance or a free tram ride from the Adelaide Convention Centre and the BioMed City including the new hospital all located the West End of the city.

Set to open in 2019, the Agency will employ 20 people and will regulate, licence and assess space-related activities conducted by private industry. It gives Australia a new seat at the table in the regulation of space under international law, will include a mission control centre and will be responsible for facilitating industry growth.  The Federal Government hopes that the agency will help coordinate Australia’s space industry to create 20,000 new jobs and triple its current A$4bn worth to A$12bn by 2030.

Damien Kitto, CEO Adelaide Convention Bureau, commented: “The Space Agency location announcement  truly is the ultimate legacy following the hosting the IAC and it presents a huge opportunity for the Adelaide Convention Bureau.  As with medical and health-based events following the massive investment in infrastructure in the BioMed City, this development has opened the doors to the Bureau now having a huge asset to utilise when seeking to attract space and related industry events to Adelaide.”

January 10, 2019

Get to Know ASSOCIATIONWORLD

ASSOCIATIONWORLD (AW) and its President and CEO Kai Troll, Boardroom’s partner, recently talked to the Union of International Associations (UIA) about this Brussels-based foundation, established in June 2018 by an international board of directors, with a goal to address the absence of affordable educational programs which cover the real tangible needs both for big and smaller associations. The aim is to take a holistic approach towards the development of associations.

To achieve this purpose, ASSOCIATIONWORLD organises full-day workshops for small groups of 15 to 25 people. Each workshop focuses on maximizing the experience and learning outcomes for each participant, which are intended to be clearly applicable when delegates go back to their organisations. Besides content, the workshops focus on creating lasting experiences. ASSOCIATION WORLD also recognising the need for these workshops to be accessible, has opted to host them primarily, though not exclusively, in destinations which are home to the largest number of international and European associations and non-profits. As such, in 2019, there will be workshops in the cities of Brussels, Geneva, Paris and Berlin.

Find out more about Kai Troll’s interview here.

January 9, 2019

Germany Presents Future Meeting Space Research Results

The GCB German Convention Bureau presented the results of the second phase of its “Future Meeting Space” research project at the 2019 PCMA Convening Leaders conference in Pittsburgh to an international audience. The research was funded by the Professional Convention Management Association and provides insights into attendee types and success factors as well as recommendations for action.

Based on the data from an online survey that was conducted between September 2017 and June 2018, where the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO asked the question “How to create successful events?”, six attendee types and six success factors were recognised. Attendees represent different degrees of tech-savviness, they differ in their communication behaviour, they are either more or less career-focused and can be found in different levels of their organization. Depending on the attendee type, age and gender also come into play. Success factors include satisfaction as the “meta” factor, largely influenced by the two other factors, knowledge transfer and disruption: attendees are happy with events if they learned something new that they can apply in their everyday work and if events surprised them or triggered changes. Networking, interaction and use of digital technologies are further success factors.

Recommendations for action  include, for example, dedicated support for more introvert or less tech-savvy attendees as well as tips for creating events that strike a balance between time spent on organization and what is gained from them. The research partners also recommended the use of new and innovative formats and technologies as well as visualisation aids and interactive formats to foster knowledge transfer. One interesting result of the study is the importance of disruptive elements: events that change CVs and organizations create lasting memories.

For more information and to download the full report, visit future-meeting-space.com.

January 7, 2019

How to Keep Communities Consistently Engaged

In June 2016, the University of Edinburgh hosted the 13th World Congress (IAB2016) of the International Association of Bioethics (IAB). It is critical both to reflect on the event past and to consider how we might keep future events relevant and to adequately bridge the periods in-between. In other words, how do we generate and maintain legacy and help to keep communities consistently engaged over time? This brief article undertakes these functions by reflecting on some of the lessons learned from IAB2016 in the hope that it will prove useful to future IAB Congress organizers (and indeed other international conference organizers).

Read all about it here.

January 4, 2019

Paris Venue Comes Closer to the Sun

Viparis has announced its first solar tarpaulin, installed on the Paris Nord Villepinte gallery’s glass façade. Paris Nord Villepinte is the world’s first exhibition complex to test such a system, with the goal of reducing its ecological footprint. The site includes an HQE (High Environmental Quality) certified space (Hall 7) with an 18,000 m² green roof, green spaces that are maintained through the use of auxiliary insects, recyclable tarpaulins and organic ink used in signage, and more.
This groundbreaking pilot project, created in collaboration with ENGIE Entreprises & Collectivités, is a tangible example of Viparis’ commitment to its CSR initiative, Better Events Viparis 2030, launched in 2018. The tarpaulin’s thin, flexible and lightweight structure means that it can be adapted to fit any type of structure. The renewable energy it generates is fed into the grid, allowing visitors to charge their mobile phones and run their laptops. In time, Viparis plans to deploy solar tarpaulins all along the glass roof of the reception gallery, which links together the seven main halls, and also serves as a hub for professional meetings and events.
Catherine Phin, Head of Sustainable Development, Viparis, said: “As the operator of the ten largest venues in the Greater Paris region, Viparis is committed to working with the entire events industry to reduce its environmental impact. This commitment finds expression in the installation of the first solar advertising tarpaulin in France’s largest exhibition complex. The venue welcomed nearly two million visitors in 2018, and we are convinced that this solution will help reduce our carbon footprint. We are also looking at deploying tarpaulins at other Viparis sites.”