Meetings No 25
Intro
The Art of Pivoting
Atti Soenarso: Change is the only constant in life.
Cover Story
Doing Business Worldwide Is in Our DNA
Eric Bakermans on the role of the Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions.
Radar
New Tool Kickstarts Global Business after Covid-19
The first interactive mapping tool to help viewers see which Covid-19 restrictions apply to specific countries.
Psychological Meetings
Egoism, Fanaticism and Populism
A place of refuge from the miseries of life.
Radar
Virtually Real?
Geoff Donaghy on the future of virtual meetings.
Strategic Development
Sustainability – A Brand for the Thai Business Events
Thailand is a serious player in sustainability.
Intermission
Thinking Is Difficult
Ever-current Jungian words of wisdom.
Collective Action
Create Solutions That Mean We Emerge with a ­Collective Desire to Succeed
The Hague Convention Bureau, part of The Hague & Partners, won 92 international congresses in 2019.
Radar
Brisbane Capitalises on the Rapidly-Growing Digital Economy
At the heart of Brisbane’s innovation is its human capital.
Radar
Leeds Digital Festival Moved Online Amidst Covid-19 Outbreak
It is encouraging to see how a local, home-grown event can adapt and change practices.
Sharma
The 5 Devils of Fear and How to Dissolve Them
We are not born into limitation. We are taught to doubt, educated to make excuses and trained to fear.
Radar
Historical Virtual Meeting for Alzheimer and Parkinson 2020
Entirely virtual event with over 1,140 participants from 56 countries.
Transformation
The Economic and Social Footprint of Coronavirus
A look at possible business effects of the outbreak.
Kellerman
10,000 Pages Later
Roger Kellerman ponders past, present and future.
classifieds
news
Radar
Geneva International Association Forum – a Global Platform for Knowledge Sharing
Seeks to establish annual global leading platform for knowledge sharing in Geneva.
Adapt and Act
Business Meetings Might Move to a More Hybrid Set-Up
Radisson Hospitality ceo Federico J González on how hotels will change permanently.
Radar
The Kaohsiung Protocol Identifies Trends and Key Strategies
Taiwan invites the global ICCA community to connect and explore new ideas, formats and technologies.
New Protocols
Economics and the Sustainability Agenda Will Influence the Demand for the Hybrid
The shadow of the pandemic might linger and consumer behaviour continue to change.
Cooperation
Why a Proposed Horn of Africa Bloc Could Destabilise the Larger Region
Bears risk of alienating other countries in the East African region.
Radar
One Year to Expo 2020 Dubai: UAE Ready to Reconnect the World
Spirit of collaboration and innovation to build strong, sustainable future for everyone.
Geography of Innovation
Switzerland Ranked as Most Innovative Country in New UN Report
Regional leaders identified in latest index.
Radar
World’s First AI University in Abu Dhabi Welcomes Its First Students
Worldwide demand doubles initial admissions.
Global Access
A New Global Passport Mobility Hierarchy Emerges
Overnight the world’s knowledge workers became temporary professional nomads.
Intro
Where Did the Road Go?
Atti Soenarso on how many new skills we need to learn.
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Leeds Digital Festival Moved Online Amidst Covid-19 Outbreak

The Leeds Digital Festival, which is the UK’s largest tech event, is hosting its spring event online, as a response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Virtual events are set to go ahead in April, with the physical festival expected to take place in the autumn instead.

Delegates were able to log in online and take part in several sessions. From social media masterclasses through to SEO strategy, web development education and automation talks, the festival did cover all areas of digital marketing and strategy through an online platform.

“The Covid-19 crisis has had an unprecedented impact on the meeting industry, with the postponement or even cancellation of thousands of events across the world. In this current climate, it’s incredibly encouraging to see how a local, home-grown event such as the Leeds Digital Festival can adapt and change practices to continue to run in-spite of this. We are pleased that all of the knowledge sharing, learning and networking will still be able to take place, as it is more important than ever for professionals in this industry,” says Claire Heap, Head of Conference Leeds.

“We’re very much looking forward to seeing the Digital Festival go truly digital at the end of this month, really providing a shining example of our strength in the digital sector as a city, and also for the rest of the event when it happens again later this year.”

Stuart Clarke, Festival Director of the Leeds Digital Festival:

“We had over 240 events submitted for this year’s festival, so it was disappointing when the Covid-19 crisis forced a postponement of physical events. However, you can’t keep the Leeds digital community down and when we decided to put on an online festival. We were overwhelmed by the level of support we received.”

April’s online Festival was featuring over 50 virtual events and did provide a key role in bringing the sector together.

“We will also be back for our two-week physical Festival from 21st September, where we can continue to celebrate and collaborate,” says Stuart Clarke.

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