On 3rd July 2017 I co-hosted #EventPlannersTalk Twitter chat with Johnny Martinez, Head of Marketing & Business Development at Shocklogic about the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This regulation concerns data protection of individuals within the EU and its export outside the EU and will apply to all industries. As many industries, event sector also heavily relies on data – collection, processing and sharing it with the various stakeholders, so by the time this regulation comes into force on 25 May 2018, event businesses should be ready to implement any necessary changes to their data handling. Unfortunately, there is still very little information and training available in our industry, so the aim of the chat was to find out what implications it will have on our business.
Shocklogic provides online event management technology solutions and services to companies across different industries, supporting organisers who manage events of 50 – 50,000 participants. Their range of different products, including registration, programme and membership management, mobile apps, online accommodation managements, online registration, polling and others, require them to be on top of all latest regulations to both implement into their day-to-day business but also to educate their clients.
What if there were a set of values that acted as a code of conduct between event professionals? Could this improve the industry by offering guidance around negotiations? These were just some of the questions under discussion at the #EventPlannersTalk live event on 31 May 2017 which took place in both London and Frankfurt.
In 2016, with the aim of improving values and ethics across the event industry WerteFoundation developed The Kodex, which serves as a code of practice for stakeholders including customers, employees, competitors and suppliers. The code aims to encourage a long term vision around the improvement of the event industry and the success of it’s reputation by reducing conflict or misunderstanding in business procedures.
The key 7 values of The Codex are honesty, loyalty, courage, respect, vision, responsibility and reliability.
The next #EventPlannersTalk live event is fast approaching and will take place on 31 May 2017. It will be the 8th event to take place, and this time attendees will have the opportunity to experience an innovative, international, multi-hub event format in London and Frankfurt.
Organised in collaboration with Switzerland Convention & Incentive Bureau and the German Event Planners Association, the event will be about values in the events industry with focus on working towards achieving long term business vision with event stakeholders.
I’m excited to share with you that The MICE Blog partnered with The Future in 15 Show. The aim of our partnership is to develop and co-create innovative content for the events industry.
Future in 15 Show is an online tv show, with 15 minute episodes that focus on innovation within four sectors. These include hospitality, business travel, MICE and commercial real estate. Each episode features Show Host, Caleb Parker, interviewing an industry leader who pushes the boundaries within the industry. Specifically, these can be a new product or service development or adopting innovative approach to solving industry problems. Launched in March at International Confex, the show has already gained great industry support. Additionally, the show also attracted strategic partnerships with HBAA and Mash Media.
Wrapping up 2016 and getting ready for 2017 couldn’t be more exciting. This year was very important for me and the blog and all what I have done over the past five years finally materialised.
I started the blog in 2011 as a hobby. Over the past years I did an event management degree, volunteered at events, did internships and was employed. When I started the blog my aim was to network with the global events community and share my experiences. Over the years it evolved, and by recognising gaps in the market in event education, my goal became to create educational content for event professionals. This I achieved with #EventPlannersTalk Twitter chat and Live Events.