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MPI Creates Virtual ‘Global Meetings Industry Day’

A mix of experts and attendees explores ways to meet despite widespread lockdowns.

Holding good to the event industry’s motto of “don’t cancel” during the coronavirus crisis, MPI reimagined its 2020 Global Meetings Industry Day on Tuesday by offering 12 hours of online education. All told, more than 10,000 event pros attended, MPI says. Our sister publications group MeetingsNet shares the details:

Meeting Professionals International’s Global Meetings Industry Day 2020 virtual event showed off some of the best parts of the meetings community during the most trying of times, with contributions from attendees in addition to an impressive lineup of experts.

The 12-hour educational event provided sessions and video contributions from MPI chapters around the world.  Not all the education came from sessions offering clock hours or certification; many of the comments from attendees in the chat function of Digitell’s virtual meeting platform were informative, including a spirited debate over paper versus digital materials, and suggestions on conference badges made with seeds that could be planted after an event. Although the 12-hour event suffered from the occasional pause while videos were cued up or before session speakers were introduced, the attentively moderated chat function made the experience feel personal as questions were … MeetingsNet

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