Welcome to another edition of Aventri’s Connect Weekly column, where we share the top five news stories from the week that today’s meeting and event planners should know. We aim to cover everything from the worlds of events, technology, business, marketing, social media, travel, hospitality and beyond. Check out the top stories from the week of February 1, 2020.
Twin Take Off for ETL Start-up Competitions
Event Tech Live will host two versions of the show’s coveted start-up competition this year in the United States and Canada. Starting February 1st, new tech companies from any location will get their chance at prizes including a £5k marketing spend from Event Industry News. To enter, startups must submit a one-minute video detailing who/what/where/where/why behind their new tech product. Then a public vote delivers the top three, which a panel of experts will rank Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Learn more about the competitions here.
How Accessible and Inclusive Is Your Virtual Event? Ask Yourself These 5 Questions
The Canadian National Institute of the Blind pulled off its annual Connecting the Dots conference virtual – though not with out overcoming several challenges. Connecting the Dots is Canada’s largest educational and professional development event for people who are blind, partially sighted or deaf and blind. CNIB decided to use an event platform that had a number of built-in accessibility features, such as color contrast, page narration, subtitles, and more. To help you ensure your virtual events are accessible and inclusive, BizBash has created a list of five questions to test your event and planning process. Check them out here.
Paris Has ‘Solutions’ to Host 2024 Olympics if Coronavirus Crisis Persists
Tony Estanguet, the head of the organizing committee, announced Tuesday that Paris will be ready to host the 2024 Olympics even if the pandemic is still ongoing. Last year, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics were postponed and organizers are facing challenges to host the games this July and August. While preparing for the 2024 games, Estanguet said that they are already working on new concepts in terms of competition sites to see how they could adapt to them. Learn more about how France is preparing to host the games and what obstacles they foresee here.
Social Platforms Launch New Initiatives to Celebrate Black History Month
February is Black History Month, and this week all major social platforms have announced new programs and initiatives to celebrate Black stories and highlight the contributions of people of color, as part of the event. For example, Facebook is boosting its support of Black creators and is launching a series of educational videos and programs designed to highlight Black creators and their contributions to culture. Facebook also launched its four-part series on Facebook Watch to showcase Black contributions in music. Learn what other social platforms are doing to celebrate Black History Month.
The Rise of Virtual Business Events
At the start of the pandemic, meeting and event professionals had to choose to cancel or pull together a virtual event. Since then, there are plenty of learnings for organizers and sponsors to implement as the meeting and events landscape continues to transform. Aventri shares their insights with eMarketer’s Best Practices for 2021 and a Look at a Hybrid Future report. Learn all about how meetings and events transformed in 2020, best practices for hosting a digital event and more. Download and check out the complete report here.