Can you believe it is Super Bowl Sunday already? Where did January go …. More importantly, we are only five days away from the 2011 EventCamp National Conference and I am getting fired up! Hope you are too.
Members of the EventCamp community will be converging on Chicagoland on Friday, February 11 for a two day industry gathering of folks with an interest in technology and social media, for events. If you have not registered for the event there is still time. You simply need to click here to access the site to sign up. For more details on the program view our conference schedule, or read our information page.
In January, we invited the EventCamp community to vote on their favorite session topics for our three (3) Crowdsourced time slots in the program. The voting closed on January 21st and we are now pleased to announce the three sessions that were selected. They are as follows:
Star Tech: The Next Presentation — Brandt Krueger, Presenter (Saturday, 2/12 @ 10am)
Brandt Krueger (@BrandtKrueger) wants you to think about the days when a black drape backdrop and a powerpoint presentation was pretty much the standard “look” for a presenter at a live event … then he wants you to smash that old memory and embrace the new.
Now we have a myriad of presentation and projection options to choose from, and many credible alternatives to PowerPoint. And though the imagery has changed, so has where the attendee’s attention is routinely focused (Hellllo Smartphone) … So, what’s the right mix, and how can you create the right presentation setting and tone that wows, engages, and cements your connection with your audience?
This session will be a frank discussion of the exciting (though sometimes complicated, frightening, or annoying) new options in presentation technology, as well as how speakers can be guided in dealing with both the technology at their disposal as well as that in the hands of their audience.
The Future of Meetings — John Nawn, Presenter (Saturday 2/12 @3pm)
John Nawn (@perfectmeeting) wants to go back to the future!… and delve into some emerging trends in the events world.
Peer-to-Peer learning, content co-creation, social media, and hybrid meetings are among the many emerging trends having a profound and disruptive impact on our industry. How do we design meetings, which remain relevant for attendees using these and other elements? Join us in designing the meeting of the future using design principles.
Attendee Takeaways Include:
- Identify design principles that enhance the attendee experience
- Utilize new methodologies to develop formal and informal learning opportunities
- Engage participants before, during, and after the meeting
SocialCasting – Where We Are, Where We Could Go — Paul Salinger, Presenter (Sunday, 2/13 @9:30am)
Presenter Paul Salinger (@psalinger) seeks to dive into the current state of “SocialCasting” and how new technologies will enable what is next in attendee engagement.
Virtual events and hybrid events are a trend now in the event industry. This session will look at the current state of what we call “SocialCasting” and how we might begin to think about a more integrated approach to remote/live audience engagement through interactive technologies and social enabling.
Attendee Takeaways Inlude:
- Understand how to combine existing and hybrid event models for a more strategic audience engagement
- Identify the difference between merely live-streaming an event, web-casting an event or having a virtual event to a more robust hybrid model
- Understand how integration of live event and remote event planning can tie to broader business and marketing objectives in terms of relationship building, building communities of interest and generating pipeline for sales outreach
Congratulations to Brandt, John and Paul for doing a great job of putting their sessions together. We hope to see you in Chicago next weekend … It’s gonna be a great conference!