The 40th edition of the International Association of Conference Centres (IACC ) Americas Connect took place on 20 July using IACC’s MultiPOD format, enabling the event to take place across three in-person meetings across the US as well as virtually.
IACC partnered with Encore, a hybrid event specialist, to stage the one-day conference, which had in-person sessions in Chicago, Dallas and Delaware and attracted 241 delegates globally. The conference followed a full programme of plenary sessions, breakouts, a highly collaborative innovation lab and the Copper Skillet cook-off competition.
Each POD, including the virtual POD, had a regional facilitator supported by facilitator Mike Van Der Vijver of MindMeeting. As part of the Invention Lab, each POD was tasked to design a future meeting environment, which was reviewed and commented on by content experts in the live and virtual locations.
The Delaware POD was the host venue for this year’s IACC Copper Skillet USA cook off. The competition, which was introduced in 2004, is intended to highlight the artistry and skill of the best chefs from IACC-member conference venues around the world.
Attendees at all three locations participated in a ‘feed the city’ community food preparation exercise and collectively prepared 2,350 meals that were delivered within three hours to local children in need across the cities.
Mark Cooper, CEO of the IACC, commented: “We had one goal, to create a conference that made it accessible for as many of our members to come together, in person or virtually, at this important time in the recovery of our industry and to place digital technology at the heart of the conference.”
The next IACC Americas Connect will take place on 15-16 March 2022 at Park MGM in Las Vegas.