CMW takes a deep dive into the underwater world of the October edition of PlanetIMEX
“It was no mean feat to top May’s edition of PlanetIMEX and give the industry another ‘wow’, but I believe we achieved that. The enhanced design and production values, the quality of the education, on-demand replays, the fun virtual experiences, plus the fact that, as in our live shows, we gave space for our partners to shine.” That was how IMEX CEO Carina Bauer summarised the impact of PlanetIMEX, which took place 12–16 October.
The week-long free virtual experience had everything from learning sessions, partner-led content and networking opportunities, attracting 5,200 registrations. The IMEX family values shone through with behind the scenes chats with chairman Ray Bloom and CEO Carina Bauer, plus industry friends and colleagues sharing their views.
A brand-new concept, MondayFunday, was a full day of fun and community experiences with everything from latte art, meditation, magic and mindfulness, to a helicopter trip over the famous Las Vegas Strip, and it set the standard for an engaging week of live content.
Two days of general learning sessions followed, propelling personal and professional development to the fore, with the future focused sessions proving particularly popular – these sessions provided an expert eye on technology, contracts and negotiations, trends and research, plus predictions for meetings and events.
IMEX’s industry partners International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), Destinations International and the German Convention Bureau (GCB) presented detailed business and events updates from their corners of the world. From response to recovery: Africa, Asia, Europe, Germany, Latin America, Middle East, USA took an in-depth look at current progress, regulations and the state of business readiness across seven regions.
IAPCO’s session saw British Olympic rower Victoria Thornley share how she dealt with the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. She was joined by Panos Tzivanidis, director of corporate events and services at the International Olympic Committee, who explained what it will take to ensure the rescheduled event takes place in 2021.
This time around, IMEX introduced Headliners – experts from outside the business events industry who offered fresh perspectives on the world.
Photographer and explorer Daniel Fox shared his experience of the natural world in a timely session exploring how to harness the power of nature to ‘Nurture, Awaken, Transform, Uplift, Restore and Elevate the human spirit’. His session was part of IMEX’s celebration of Nature, its Talking Point for 2020 and 2021.
Building on this, IMEX launched its Regenerative Revolution report – a call to arms for the events industry to regenerate, not just restart. Regenerative Revolution, A New Paradigm for Event Management calls on the global events industry to embrace circular design thinking and to understand the principles and power of a circular economy.
“We believe this ground-breaking and timely report will inspire change and action; proving that our industry can – and should – positively regenerate,” said Carina Bauer.
The virtual underwater world – www.planetimex.com – is live until 6 November 2020 offering a treasure trove of content to explore. Following this, the learning sessions will be available on IMEX’s You Tube channel.
“We knew that we would need to evolve PlanetIMEX following its launch in May to deliver a more streamlined, high quality experience. However, our overall intention with PlanetIMEX October edition remained the same – to unite the global business events community in learning, building business connections, being in community and enjoying an enriching experience.”