Meetings No 21
Intro
Gender Equality the New Growth Factor
Atti Soenarso on the silent knowledge women have built up.
Cover Story
Women Deliver
Focus on the Women Deliver Conference.
Women Leadership
Dubai Women Establishment
A champion for women’s participation.
Radar
IMEX Launch
The “She Means Business” event
Disruption
The Future Disrupted
Rohit Talwar on shocks that could overturn our world.
Intermission
A Life Remembered
Tim “Avicii” Bergling.
Young Leaders
Gaining Edge Scholars
Learning, contributing and building the future.
Smart Cities
How Does a City Become Smart?
Lessons from Tel Aviv.
Mindset
Motivating Using the Right Mindset
Scientist Alva Appelgren on praise and learning.
Economic Impact
Regarding Rwanda
Becoming one of Africa’s leading business events destinations.
Radar
IMEX Frankfurt
Innovation and Inspiration.
Incubator
MCI Experience
Kim Myhre: The power of brand experiences.
AR/VR
Johan Hagegård
“The future isn’t at all what it used to be.”
Sharma
Habits to Build Your Empire
Robin Sharma: Resist the saboteur!
Strategy
Iceland
Collaboration is key in winning association meetings.
Brain Check
Cecilia Björkén-Nyberg
On reading printed books and listening to audiobooks.
Kellerman
Why Is It Taken for Granted That I’m the Boss?
Roger Kellerman: More Space to Women!
classifieds
news

Meetingselect and NBTC Holland Marketing join forces
Complete overview of Dutch meeting venues in one spot.
UITP
Melbourne Wins
World’s Largest Event in Public Transport Sector.
business intelligence
Business Events:
Change Agents or Travel Agents?
new mission
Singapore to head up BestCities Board
Jeannie Lim Takes Over as Chair to Lead Global Alliance.
ICCA statistics
Bogotá leaps into top 50 world rankings
ahead of hosting BestCities Global Forum.
Flight industry
Emirates Group
announces 67% increase in profit.
business Intelligence
UFI elects first female president
for 2019/20 term.
the World Scene
IMEX will reflect
solid market growth and inspiring innovation in the meetings market.
business event
Anak Sarawak Awards
steers legacy impacts for conventions and convention hosts.
hotel news
Scandic Hotels
to open hotel in the fast-growing market of Voss, Norway.
Links
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IMEX: Innovation and Inspiration

“There are new initiatives every year at IMEX in Frankfurt because we continually monitor the coming trends, research what our audiences want and then create ways – or find new partners – to fulfill them. This year buyers will both see and experience some truly awe-inspiring new products, people and spaces throughout the show – more than we’ve ever showcased before,” says Carina Bauer, CEO, IMEX Group.

Carina Bauer is reflecting on the exciting experiences and opportunities that this year’s innovations will offer to buyers.

The most remarkable sensation will be in the Dark Room where participants will taste the extra sensory experience of an educational session in pitch black total darkness. This ’Learning Lab’ will feature at IMEX as a result of the new IMEX Group partnership with C2 International, the ground-breaking leader in innovative business conferences.

As well as the Dark Room, also in Hall 9 will be the G-Tainer, a multimedia encased two-storey stack of meeting rooms which will feature a new ground floor ’Chat Bar’. This casual space has been designed for people to meet and make new contacts by holding ’curiosity conversations’ with each other.

In the new Live Zone, a number of experiential suppliers will bring a touch of magic to the show, demonstrating the power of how thinking and acting more creatively can engage attendees in a variety of ways. They range from Mr Piano – a giant, walking piano ideal for team building events and the funky Fotobus to a puppeteer, a caricaturist, musicians and improvisational street theatre.

’Floating high and catching the eye’ will be Uber Spheres and Thought Bubbles – striking new ways to catch attention and to brand overhead areas. These are supported by warm air jetted from below, so they float totally free – and are completely wireless.

The new ZEUS Coworking Campus will not only provide opportunities to check emails and to network but also to try out gadgets and games and to take part in pop-up events including Speed Networking.

Another change is the show’s continued expansion into Hall 9 (exhibitors are in Hall 8). The Inspiration Hub, the centre and venue for most educational sessions during the three days of the show, moves to a new home in Hall 9. Relocating it here creates more space for workshops, campfires, research pods and hot topic tables – all the different formats and areas in which 180-plus sessions will be presented.

Moving into the main exhibition hall (Hall 8), most notable is the new Tech Café close to all the event technology providers. This is not just a café, it will also showcase event technology providers with a presentation area and space for three new participants. This area will enable exhibitors and IMEX to deliver stand presentations about technology, to show what’s new and help buyers appreciate what technology can do for them and how the tech landscape has moved on from last year.

Edu Monday, 14 May, continues to grow and provide further innovation and choice for attendees. New events include an Agency Directors Forum, a facilitated forum by invitation only for the directors and senior planners of agencies. Also new is Rising Talent, an afternoon of actionable learning and career development for meeting professionals under 35.

Throughout the show, including the educational programme, there will be activities designed to highlight a new IMEX partnership with Live Com Alliance, a European umbrella organisation for national live event associations.

Finally, as a way to bring this year’s IMEX Talking Point of ’Legacy’ to life, attendees can visit a Legacy Wall in Hall 9. Sustainably crafted from reused pallets, the wall will display exhibitors’ own legacy stories together with short stories about IMEX CSR and Sustainability projects, including a spotlight on future leaders.