number of group appointments on booths.
With each hosted buyer able to organize
more than 80 percent of their own onsite
schedule, the IMEX America hosted buyer
program is the most ;lexible in the industry.
The easy-to-use IMEX online scheduling
system and mobile calendar-enabled IMEX
App will again help buyers to manage their
busy days and evening. Changes to the
show’s opening hours and group appointment timings will give hosted buyers more
time to explore the show ;loor, experience
the extensive education program or schedule their own appointments—the show
will now open at 9: 45 a.m., with no group
appointments scheduled before 11 a.m. or
after 4 p.m.
New Ideas and Tracks Promise
All on-show-;loor education this year will
be located at the Inspiration Hub providing
one centralized and convenient location.
More than 180 education sessions led
by leading experts will be presented in
a variety of formats including Seminars,
Camp;ires, Hot Topic Tables and more. The
Meet the Experts Clinic offers individual
appointments with an industry specialist
and presentations at the Research Pod area
showcase the latest industry research.
Here attendees may, for instance, choose
to participate in a Hot Topic Table with Roger
Stuaffer, who will explain how current mar-
ket realities are impacting the availability,
pricing and contracting of meetings. They
can also visit the Inspiration Hub’s Research
Pod area to hear about new drivers of meet-
ings management from Anil Punyapu.
If technology is of more interest, the
choice is wide. There will be the chance
to learn from Courtney Stanley about new
technology that is coming in 2016; Alon
Alroy will be presenting on email marketing; Tahira Endean will talk about using
mobile and its data to improve events.
Education Around the Show
In addition, daily MPI keynotes (see Page
18)—as well as Smart Monday, Powered
by MPI on Oct. 12, which includes PCMA
Business School and Association Focus
delivered by ASAE and ICCA—will add
learning opportunities before and during
the show days.
The Play Room—sponsored by Play
with a Purpose and new this year—will
run throughout Smart Monday and offer
short “quirkshops.” This upbeat, fun alternative to classroom learning lets attendees
Some Show Stats From Last Year
10,354 Total Participants (up 7% over 2013)
2,909 Hosted Buyers from 54 Countries (8% increase over 2013)
1,919 Attendees from 57 Countries (4% increase)
2,900 Exhibitors from 150+ Countries (8% increase)
53,000 Prescheduled Appointments
IMEX Tech Competition Will Be
Hot Again in Vegas
Many companies who think they have “the next big thing” in
technological innovation for the meeting industry have put their
hats in the ring for #IMEXpitch at IMEX America (the new name
for the IMEX Tech Start Up Competition).
The tech battle will feature a short-list of companies who
have been operating for less than two years and who will pitch
their technology to an expert panel live at the show in the Tech
Pavillion. The winner will be rewarded with a free booth at the
Tech Pavillion in 2016.
Speecheo, a speaker effectiveness and attendee content organization app, will be exhibiting this year in the Tech Pavillion with
free space granted as winners of last year’s tech competition.
Additional tech exhibitors include Brojure, BUZZ Registration,
TripBuilder Media, I TM Mobile and others.
get hands-on experience with a variety of
tools, techniques and resources to create
more engaging meetings in the areas of
room design, tech, networking, team building, F&B and more. The overall goal of the
Play Room is to offer tangible, immediately
applicable ideas that planners can build
into their upcoming meetings.
Finally, the Executive Meetings Forum
for the most senior corporate planners,
the IMEX-MPI-MCI Future Leaders Forum
for students and the Faculty Exchange sessions will also be taking place throughout
Personalized and Pre-Certified
Attendees are able to create their own customized education lineup at IMEX America,
choosing from 10 interest and skill tracks
including: Marketing and Communications, Business Skills, Risk Management/
Compliance, Health and Well Being, Tech-nology/Social Media, Trends and Research,
Creative Learning, Diversity, Sustainability