The annual IACC- Europe Knowledge Festival 2017 was hailed a “great success” by event organisers and attendees, as the educational conference saw its highest-level of attendance since the combined European chapter was formed in 2012.
Held at etc.venue County Hall on 22 – 24 September, the three-day conference saw attendance rise by more than 50% from previous years; with over 150 delegates from IACC certified conference and meeting venues, from 12 countries throughout Europe, the Americas and Australia.
The conference, designed to educate and inspire, hosted over 20 highly engaging workshops, ranging from open forum debates, to campfire sessions, all of which were created to appeal to the diverse learning styles of delegates. In addition, the conference staged the final of the IACC European Copper Skillet culinary competition, as well as a gala dinner and awards ceremony at which the coveted Future Leader and Europe Innovation Awards were announced.
IACC’s CEO Mark Cooper commented: “IACC members are entrepreneurial, driven and are continually looking for ways to up their game and provide the best meetings experience; so, it was critical that the Knowledge Festival offered an engaging program that quenched that thirst for learning. Our creative education team provided the right platforms for members to exchange ideas with a great balance of experiential learning – we can’t wait to get these creative minds back together next year”.
Winners of the awards were Adam Simpson from etc.venues, who won the IACC Future Leader Award. Adam reflected on his accolade: “It was an honour to be presented with the inaugural Future Leader Award; I have been involved with IACC for almost four years now and I have been extremely impressed year on year, by the desire its members have for improving the meetings environment”.
Warwick Conferences took home the award for IACC Europe Innovation with their Slate Flythrough video. Richard Harrison, head of conference centres commented: “We are delighted that such a globally esteemed and professional association have recognised the innovative nature of our campaign and our efforts to create a digital culture surrounding the venue experience.”