With the multi-billion industry events tourism sector a growing and important contributor to the Scottish economy, industry professionals are meeting for a day of networking, exhibitions and masterclasses at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on Friday 18 March.
EventIt, which is free to attend and is running as part of Scottish Tourism Week, will showcase some of the most innovative suppliers in the industry and allow participants to trial new ways to connect and engage.
New applications for technology in the events industry will take centre stage at EventIt. These include events-technology company N200 who will demonstrate how data can be used to engage event audiences and Edinburgh-based Pufferfish who design and develop new platforms for the display of digital content outside of the confines of traditional flat screen media. A number of companies have developed specific apps for events including Cvent who specialise in meetings management technology and Maximillion who will be looking to interact with exhibitors and visitors via their Exhibition Explorer app.
Visitors to the exhibition will be able to attend workshops, networking events and talks from industry experts and EventIt will also provide motivation, inspiration and practical tips for delegates.
Networking zones will allow delegates to catch-up with peers and ConfBuzz’s ground-breaking connection techniques will enable them to make contact with those individuals most relevant to their particular organisations.
Guest speakers include Kevin Jackson, UK President of the International Special Events Society; Kathleen Warden, Director of Conferences at Glasgow’s SECC and Marshall Dallas, Chief Executive of EICC.
Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, says this event signifies the growing importance of the sector to Scotland’s future prosperity.
“Scotland’s wide-ranging events portfolio continues to grow apace, contributing around £3.5 billion a year to the economy. EventIt will provide companies working in the events and festivals industry with an opportunity to share best practice and gain fresh insights from some of the most inspirational people in the industry.
“It’s an added bonus that such a high-profile event is taking place during Scottish Tourism Week which highlights how important the events sector is to of Scotland’s wider tourism offering.”
Judith Wilson, Events Director for EventIt urged companies involved in the sector to take advantage of the chance to visit a number of companies under the one roof on the same day. “This really is a fantastic opportunity for like-minded events professionals to share their experiences, as well as look ahead to the next generation of technology which is integral to the future of the events industry. I’d encourage everyone involved in the industry to come along and meet some of the brightest and best in the sector.”
For more information on how to sign-up to attend the event, the full programme, exhibitors and masterclasses, visit the EventIt website at http://www.eventit.org.uk.