BizBash is no stranger to creative meetings and conferences or inventive trade shows and industry business gatherings. After all, we’ve had a Most Innovative Meetings feature for the past 12 years. And our 2022 list might have been the most diverse yet, with a mix of live and hybrid events from Ohio to Abu Dhabi, that showcased sustainable practices, had sky-high engagement stats, and storytelling touchpoints.

On Dec. 8, we brought this year’s Most Innovative Meetings feature to life with a virtual summit, where case studies went from text on the pages of BizBash to a 10-minute presentation per innovative meeting where event execs walked attendees through successes, challenges, pain points, and lessons learned. Attendees left with tricks for increasing engagement, tips for successfully tapping into tech, and lots of inspiration proving that business doesn’t have to be boring. 

If you missed the virtual event, or just want to replay your favorite case studies, you can catch it all on-demand below.

 

Claire Hoffman
Full Name
Claire Hoffman
Job Title
Senior Contributing Editor
Company
BizBash
Peter Jeavons
Full Name
Peter Jeavons
Job Title
CEO
Company
gther

Thanks to data, increasing audience engagement is no longer such a guess-and-test process. In this session, the team behind Vox's inaugural Pivot MIA event broke down their data-driven decisions as it pertains to getting onlookers to not only engage with the techy touchpoints on-site, but also with the immersive elements on-site, and post-event by means of podcasts. These experts challenged attendees to think beyond match-made, one-on-one meetings at live events to think about brand evangelism. The key: leveraging event tech, social media, and attendees' evident eagerness to network IRL again—all at the same time! The result? Sky-high engagement stats.

Tara Reilly
Full Name
Tara Reilly
Job Title
VP, Experiential & Partnerships
Company
Vox Media, LLC
Lindsay Cohen
Full Name
Lindsay Cohen
Job Title
Chief Operating Officer
Company
Brilliant

As event professionals, you're storytellers in your own right. After all, you're in the business of bringing brands' narratives to life through experiences, touchpoints, and F&B, just to name a few. This session took a look at how the Lane Bryant Brand Conference established brand loyalty to discover where emotions fit into the puzzle, plus how to tap into guests' feelings to go beyond event success and create a relationship between a brand and its consumers.

Michael Farrell
Full Name
Michael Farrell
Job Title
President & Co-Founder
Company
Redstory

Do you understand the key drivers of great event experiences? In this session, gther laid a concrete framework that brands and agencies can use to focus their strategy and drive meaningful but manageable improvement at events. Gther is here to simplify your workflow, to give you more time to focus on the things that matter, and to give you the data to help support the decisions you need to make and get buy-in across your team. They also threw in some of their top tips for running world-class meetings from their 10 years in the market as a meetings provider and their combined decades of event and agency experience.
gther is disrupting the event and meeting software landscape with next-gen tools built from a brand-first perspective.

Nick Rosier
Full Name
Nick Rosier
Job Title
Chief Product and Customer Officer
Company
gther
Steve Gibson
Full Name
Steve Gibson
Job Title
Business Director
Company
gther

Storytelling is such an important aspect of today's meetings and events landscape—take it from the team behind the PepsiCo Pavilions at Expo 2020 Dubai. It's no sevret that events serve as a unique platform for relaying a strong brand message that can relay important information to consumers while building brand affinity. However, the way in which to accomplish these two objectives may not be as widely known. We've got you! In this session, get inspired by how PepsiCo took advantage of the Expo 2020 Dubai event as a platform for creating a storytelling experience, and use the next event on your calendar to do the same!

Farah Hindiyeh
Full Name
Farah Hindiyeh
Job Title
Managing Director
Company
INVNT Dubai

Join event experts from The Utility Expo learn the role innovation plays in their professional lives—starting with what the concept of "innovation" means to them. From there, learn how it has the power to allow these profs to push boundaries, to create space for standout soirees, and to enhance the attendee experience.

John Rozum
Full Name
John Rozum
Job Title
Senior Director of Ag & Utility Events and Exhibitions
Company
Association of Equipment Manufacturers
Russell Callahan
Full Name
Russell Callahan
Job Title
Vice President of Sales and Operations
Company
Quest Events

At annually recurring events, attendees know what to expect, which can be great for culture building, making special announcements, and giving people something to get excited about. But naturally, putting on the same event each year is...well, boring. Therefore, the event profs behind Service Titan’s Customer Conference came together to dish all the details on how they revamped the long-running affair, including tips on when and how to reinvent, revamp, and redecorate.

Craig D'Amico
Full Name
Craig D'Amico
Job Title
Owner
Company
CDE

The whole world is talking about diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. Are you ready to meet the demand from your audience and open up your events to complete accessibility? Industry expert Orla Pearson will walk you through what "good" accessibility looks like at events from simple things that make all the difference to technical delivery—from the smallest to the largest stage.

Orla Pearson
Full Name
Orla Pearson
Job Title
Co-Founder and Director
Company
AccessLOOP and MyClearText

Veecon 2022 put NFTs to work at its exclusive conference debut. The result? We can't say just yet, you'll have to watch to find out! However, we can tell you that the non-fungible tokens have been a tool events profs have leveraged recently to level-up their to-dos and increase engagement. On BizBash this year alone, we saw the new tech at NFT.NYC 2022, on menus at restaurants, and in a vending machine.

Daniel Curtis
Full Name
Daniel Curtis
Job Title
Chief Strategy Officer
Company
emc3

At their core, meetings and events are all about creating and fostering communities. And in today's experiential-booming world, thre's icebreakers, interactive touchpoints, share-worthy event tech, and no shortage of pop-up opportunities that make the task of connecting people debatably easier than ever. Not so fast! Knowing how and when to leverage the tools at your fingertips is key. In this session, dissect the hand-on activation at Workhuman Live to see just how the right formula can guarantee event success.

Jill Kazanjian
Full Name
Jill Kazanjian
Job Title
Senior Director of Global Events
Company
Workhuman
Russell Callahan
Russell Callahan
Quest Events
Vice President of Sales and Operations
Lindsay Cohen
Lindsay Cohen
Brilliant
Chief Operating Officer
Daniel Curtis
Daniel Curtis
emc3
Chief Strategy Officer
Craig D'Amico
Craig D'Amico
CDE
Owner
Michael Farrell
Michael Farrell
Redstory
President & Co-Founder
Steve Gibson
Steve Gibson
gther
Business Director
Farah Hindiyeh
Farah Hindiyeh
INVNT Dubai
Managing Director
Claire Hoffman
Claire Hoffman
BizBash
Senior Contributing Editor
Peter Jeavons
Peter Jeavons
gther
CEO
Jill Kazanjian
Jill Kazanjian
Workhuman
Senior Director of Global Events
Sarah Kloepple
Sarah Kloepple
BizBash
Managing Editor
Orla Pearson
Orla Pearson
AccessLOOP and MyClearText
Co-Founder and Director
Tara Reilly
Tara Reilly
Vox Media, LLC
VP, Experiential & Partnerships
Nick Rosier
Nick Rosier
gther
Chief Product and Customer Officer
John Rozum
John Rozum
Association of Equipment Manufacturers
Senior Director of Ag & Utility Events and Exhibitions

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ADDITIONAL PARTNERS:

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Brilliant is an innovative branded products and corporate gifting company, with a focus on technology, quality and creativity.

MyClearText provides high-quality live real-time human captioning, combined with technical expertise and innovative solutions for face-to-face, virtual and hybrid events.

Quest Events is North America’s market leader in event rentals, providing pipe and drape, scenic, décor and furnishing solutions to the AV, hospitality, corporate, wedding and exhibition industries.

Onyx CenterSource is a leading global provider of B2B payments and business intelligence solutions to the hospitality industry.

Clarity Experiences specializes in capturing the unique spirit of events all over the United States and Canada. We have the flexibility and the team to help you create a memorable event that is distinctly “you”.