The great thing about the events industry is that its foundations are built on face-to-face business. Those who work in events love celebrating, learning and meeting their peers and colleagues in their community...at other events!
Networking events, exhibitions and conferences are a fantastic hunting ground for event tech providers to meet organisers and potential new business.
Our top tip: Get in the mix and attend as many events as possible. But don’t go armed with business cards and sales pitches, instead go with a friendly smile, an open mind and perhaps the ability to buy the first round of drinks…
With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of some of the top European events for the next six months that tech providers should add to their diary, perhaps not even just to attend but why not consider putting your best foot forward and sponsor or exhibit?
6th - 7th September 2018 - Brighton
The AEO Conference is the definitive business networking forum for event industry professionals.
Expect to meet: Senior leaders from the UK’s biggest exhibition organisers and beyond at this business-friendly professional conference.
Organiser – Association of Exhibition Organisers
Exhibition News Race Day
19th September 2018 - Sandown Park
The event offers attendees the opportunity to network with industry peers in a relaxed atmosphere following the morning’s lively and educational debate by a panel of industry experts.
Expect to meet: Mid-level to senior exhibition organisers.
Organiser – Mash Media
Event Tech Live
7th – 8th November 2018 - Old Truman Brewery, London
This is the biggest coming together of organisers, from all corners of the event industry in the UK, purely focused on tech. If you claim to be in the event tech space, you need to be here.
Expect to meet: Organisers and marketeers from exhibitions, conferences, associations and festivals all on a tech sourcing mission.
Organiser – AMP Events
Event Tech Awards
7th November 2018 - Troxy, London
Now in their sixth year and recognise the achievements of companies delivering digital and technological solutions to the events industry. It is the big bash in event tech in Europe and celebrates the world of event tech.
Expect to meet: Other event tech companies, keen event organisers who are tech advocates. Ideal to meet new partners.
Organisers – AMP Events
23rd - 24th October - The Barbican, London
EventLAB 2018 offers cutting-edge insight, skill enhancing opportunities and fresh inspiration for the event planning journey. The 2-day programme sees 800 events decision makers who visit to learn from industry thought leaders and innovators, discover top venues and event suppliers.
Expect to meet: Event managers from agencies, venues and corporates.
Organisers – Hire Space
27th -29th November, Fira Barcelona, Spain
IBTM World is the leading global event for the meetings, incentives, conferences and events industry, taking place annually in Barcelona. Alongside huge country pavilions there is the long-standing event technology zone offering tech companies a good location on the floorplan. Plus, their hosted buyer programme offers exhibitors guaranteed meetings with top buyers.
Expect to meet: Thousands of event organisers, MICE planners and association organisers.
Organisers – Reed Exhibitions
17th – 19th December 2018, Novatel London West, London
Hailed as THE event for association employees, the Association Congress is a unique opportunity to meet top bods in the recruitment, development and engagement of members, communities or volunteers; or responsible for association marketing.
Expect to meet: Senior level association decision makers
Organisers - The Association of Association Executives
How can 52eight3 help?
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