2010 conference themes recap: green issues and sustainability

21 01 2011

While we expected this topic to continue growing, as it has for the past few years, we actually saw a plateau in 2010. This is no bad thing and the proverbial wheat has been sorted from the chaff; low quality sustainability events have not returned leaving high-level platforms for debate.


Despite this, sustainability and green issues have remained a staple of high-level presentations and everyone is still to keen to exhibit their green credentials. Although this hasn’t often translated to green streams at the larger annual events it has created an underlying theme to many agendas across the board.

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: Green Issues and Sustainability

2 02 2010

Green and Sustainability is another theme that’s been on everyone’s lips for a while now; every new piece of enterprise tech has a green angle and every vendor has their own snake oil to help ease your corporate climate guilt.

We see this trend continuing into 2010, particularly around IT infrastructure with the green benefits of cloud computing and hosting being touted by all. This business element of sustainability and energy efficiency in the IT and technology sectors will start to occupy centre stage, stealing focus from more traditional green and sustainability issues.

Green IT

Many of the ‘green’ events launched just two years ago died at the hands of the recession. The good news is this means the majority of the remaining events are good quality and well worth the delegate fee. You should also be prepared to see more green topics sneaking on to agendas across the conference landscape – perhaps you’ve already seen this somewhere completely unexpected; let us know where the strangest green mention you’ve spotted this year was.

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!