08.15 Breakfast Briefing

Talking about my generation: attracting, recruiting, managing and retaining Millennials, Snowflakes, Gen Y and Gen Z in the events industry

Roberta Lucca – unconventional entrepreneur, BAFTA winner and obsessive learner

09.00 Registration & Technology in action

09.30 Chair: Nik Gowing Professor, Broadcaster & Journalist  – Welcome address and warm up

09.35 Events Events Opening Keynote: 0-6000 delegates in 2 years at World Summit AI

  • Building and maintaining momentum
  • Taking risks
  • Doing things differently
Sarah Porter, Founder, InspiredMinds #AI4Good

10.05 Events Events Industry Keynote: Insights from the UBM/Informa combination; the biggest ever merger of events companies

  • Why is big better: for shareholders, for customers, for the company?
  • Lessons learned along the way
  • Insights into the long term impact on the rest of the industry: will the need for more and more data create a drive for consolidation and scale? How will this affect small and medium-sized companies and the entrepreneurial nature of the industry?
Richard Menzies-Gow, Director of Investor Relations, Corporate Communications & Brand, Informa PLC

10.30 Hong Kong – Opportunities for event organisers from improved transport links and focused Government policies

  •  High speed railway & HZM bridge reducing travelling time between mainland China and Hong Kong
  •  Hong Kong’s role in the Belt & Road initiative and within the Greater Bay Area
  •  Government policies to advance the development of innovation and technology and to develop high-value added maritime services
Ms Noel Ng, Deputy Director-General, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office

10.40 Networking Break (klaxon every five minutes) + speed networking

Awards Summit Chair

Fergus Gregory, Group Commercial Director, The Drum

11.10 How to become the market leading Awards in your particular sector

  • Scoping the market
  • Defining your USP and knowing your audience
  • Creating an Awards which engages the community and adds value
Lorraine Barnes Burton, CEO, British Travel Awards
Amanda Murray, Managing Director, Max Live Events
Anke Wallace, Head of Event Operations, Business Intelligence, Informa

11.55 Technology Update: Affordable Live Streaming for All

  • Learn how an organiser who couldn’t find the right solution for the right price, set up his own company to deliver exactly that. He’ll demonstrate the technology and talk about the pricing structure that means that live streaming and videoing of all events is available to all.
Dominic Compagnone, Founder and CEO, Streeem

12.05 Go to Round Tables


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13.00 Lunch and exhibition

13.30 Table Top speed networking (optional)

14.00 How Cannes Lions responded to their audience and reinvigorated their awards

Susie Walker, Head of Awards, Cannes Lions

14.35 Panel: Innovation and creativity in Awards

  • Creativity in your communications
  • Innovative formats
  • Injecting creativity and innovation into the awards ceremony
Sarah Austin, Awards Director, UBM EMEA
Rory Bremner, leading UK Impressionist & Awards Host
Simone Broadhurst, Managing Director Events, Incisive Media
Zehra J Chudry, Content Director, GLOMO Awards, GSMA
Jeremy King, CEO Festival of Media

15.20 Extending Awards ceremonies beyond just the business case. Becoming part of a community and adding value

Enam Ali, Founder, British Curry Awards
Alex Coulson, Managing Director, Sport Industry Group

15.45 Technology Update

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15.55 Networking Break (klaxon every five minutes) + speed networking


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Tony Anderson, expert speaker on branding and an active adviser to small businesses

After rising through the ranks marketing British Airways and Thomas Cook, Tony was appointed Sales and Marketing Director of easyJet six months before the airline’s first flight, subsequently working on the launch and development of the company, taking the easyGroup brand into new business areas from car rental to internet cafes. Outside of travel, Tony has held senior positions online bank Egg, TNS and The Children’s Mutual. Tony is an expert speaker on branding, online marketing and communications and an active adviser to start-up companies and small businesses. He will bring his extensive business experiences to focusing his closing keynote on new challenges for wider marketing in the events industry with ideas and insights both for large established companies and new start-ups. He is the author of  “Easyland”.

17.30 Closing Address and final networking activity

17.35 Networking Drinks Party

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