2010 conference themes recap: recovery

17 01 2011

The year started optimistically and we expected to see lots of discussion around new opportunities and economic recovery. However, this stalled somewhat when the recovery was not as sustained as expected and economies remained stagnant. This was reflected on conference agendas by cautious optimism and frank discussions of threat vs. opportunity, rather than out and out recovery.

However, taking a wider look at the industry itself we saw new events cropping up where previously they had folded, suggesting cautious optimism in producers’ minds; fortunately past experience has tempered this and new events are typically of high quality in key industry sectors.

Looking back at the 2010 conference landscape

11 01 2011

At the start of last year we made some predictions outlining what we thought would be the hottest topics and themes in the conference landscape. Now that 2010 has passed and 2011 is upon us we want to look back at our predictions and see which came to pass and which were made in haste.

In our original post we predicted that the following would be big in 2010:

Many of our predictions ran true, although there have been a few surprises. Over the next few posts we’ll look back on our original thoughts and see what happened compared to what we expected. We’ll also be making our annual prediction for the hot topics in 2011; watch this space!

The year ahead: Recovery

3 02 2010

It’s been a tough year for everyone, although certainly some sectors have been hit harder than others and the conference industry has reflected this. We’ve seen new events in certain areas (particularly cloud computing events), but some of the old stalwarts have delayed, downsized or closed their doors entirely.

Taking all due care to knock on wood, cross our fingers and hang lucky horseshoes on our desks, we predict that growing confidence in market recovery will underpin many popular themes and ‘opportunity’ will start to outweigh ‘threat’ on conference agendas in 2010. We also hope to see some of the larger, higher quality events whose doors shut this past year return to form.


It will be interesting to see if this bullish mood translates into increased delegate numbers in 2010, let us know what you think in the comments.

Starting from the beginning: Looking ahead at 2010

29 01 2010

January. Start of a new year, a new decade even, new beginnings and a new blog! Cruddy weather, post-holiday depression and impossibly ambitious resolutions aside, this is the one time of the year that most people feel optimistic about what they can achieve in the next 12 months – a clean slate (or Pad?) if you will.

So in this, our very first blog post, we thought it appropriate to stick with this theme and offer our thoughts on the conference themes that we think will be big in 2010 and why. They are below in no particular order.

Agree? Disagree? Did I miss some? Drop me a comment – we’d love to hear your thoughts on the hot themes for the year ahead.

Of these six themes, I personally think mobile is the most exciting of the bunch.  What? Recovery you say?  Pah!  Economics can’t find me the nearest pub or give me Doodle Jump. My recent acquisition of an iPhone has me spending more time on it than I care to admit, and my monthly bill for app purchases is rivaling my weekly grocery bill.  My esteemed colleague Chris would disagree with me (hates iPhones – has an HTC), but I think the popularity of the iPhone and all it can do is the reason that ‘mobile’ is on everyone’s lips (consumers and industry alike) this year, and why it will be a hot conference topic.

Over the next week we will be looking in more detail at each of these hot themes, so stay tuned!