November December 2017

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November | December 2017 | Ignitemag.ca | 21 Less Formality Planners and delegates are ask- ing for interactive meeting spaces and living room formats. This trend also applies to food and beverage: a hybrid of a buffet dinner and reception with action stations, tapas and buffets in a lounge-style atmosphere. Rebuttal Resurgence The debate format is coming back, but in a more informal way. Integration of Health and Wellness Health and wellness will become even more important and might take the form of meditations, group activities and competitions, as well as standing sessions. Purposeful Networking Attendees are looking for more informal ways of connecting with one another, but do not want to leave it up to chance. Online plat- forms such as Brain Dates (creat- ed by E-180 and first introduced at C2 Montreal) will become more prevalent. All you have to do is put in an offer to talk about a specific topic and those interest- ed book time to share ideas. Public Engagement At the recent International Urogy- necological Association confer- ence hosted in Vancouver, organ- izers held a free public forum on pelvic floor health. This strategy allows organizations to advocate their cause while leaving an im- portant educational legacy. Industry insiders share their thoughts on what will be making the scene at events in the new year. Hint: it's all about engagement, customization and being real! by Laura Bickle 2 0 1 8 POP-UPS From food trucks to retail environments and sponsor promotions, pop-ups keep events fresh and inventive. Claire Smith Vice-president, sales and marketing, Vancouver Convention Centre Trend Rept

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