Following 18 months of disruption caused by the global pandemic, The Meetings Show will take place in-person at ExCeL London and virtually on 30 September and 1 October.  

The show will be inspiring and supporting industry professionals as they reimagine events for the ‘new normal.’  

The insightful and practical education programme has more sessions than ever before. Content is organised across five learning theatres: Industry Trends; My Career and Personal Development; Event Marketing; Event Technology and Meetings Design to make it easier for attendees to identify the sessions most relevant to them. 

Sessions will be held as intimate campfires within the show floor, hands-on workshops, or as presentations and panel discussions in one of two conference theatres easily accessible from the main exhibition. Many theatre sessions will also be streamed live for virtual attendees. 

Headlining the education programme is Ric Salmon (CEO of Driift – the company responsible for producing the first virtual Glastonbury Festival.) 

Salmon and his business partner Brian Message launched Driift in the eye of the COVID-19 storm last year. He will talk about producing ticketed online events, offer anecdotes from his music management career and give advice to fellow event professionals. 

The session is set to be delivered live and virtually at 11:50am on 1 October and will explore Driift’s success in producing ticketed live-streams for musical artists such as Nick Cave, Kylie Minogue and Andrea Bocelli that paved the way for Live at Worthy Farm – the first virtual Glastonbury Festival. 

Salmon will also talk about how Driift overcame a database malfunction – the product of another company’s mishap – that meant some ticketholders were locked out of the Worthy Farm stream’s opening performances. 

The rest of the programme, curated by The Meetings Show’s new conference and content manager, Erica Oghoghorie, will tackle a range of pertinent topics – from sustainability and diversity to adapting to change and personal development. Speakers include: Anna Abdelnoor (isla Co-founder), Lisa Sweeting (Green Sense Events), Dan Elliott (Center Parcs), Denise Lopez (Helmsbriscoe) and Samantha Salisbury. 

Oghoghorie says:“The lockdowns, travel bans, and social distancing measures brought about by the pandemic have had a massive impact on the meetings and events industry. It has been a time of change and transformation. However, with restrictions lifted and hope on the horizon, it is time to look ahead. 

“The education programme has been designed specifically for this purpose – to guide, inspire and inform those in the industry as they set out to rebuild it. I’ve enjoyed putting the sessions together for the first time and I am proud about the wealth of knowledge we have available through our speakers.” 

Find out more about The Meetings Show and to register to attend here   


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