TechCon Event Explores the Future of Meetings and Technology

On February 20 and 21, Meeting Professionals International Chicago Area Chapter [MPI-CAC] will present TechCon, an event that explores the future of the intersection of meetings and technology. TechCon2014 will take place at the UIC Forum located at 725 W. Roosevelt Road in Chicago; to review conference information and register, visit http://mpitechcon.com.

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Chicago, IL (PRWEB) February 17, 2014

On February 20 and 21, Meeting Professionals International Chicago Area Chapter [MPI-CAC] will present TechCon, an event that explores the future of the intersection of meetings and technology. TechCon2014 will take place at the UIC Forum located at 725 W. Roosevelt Road in Chicago. To review conference information and register, visit http://mpitechcon.com.

At the event, attendees will experience emerging technologies, learn from industry technology leaders, and network with meeting professional peers. Speakers will address augmented reality, mobile event applications, leveraging social media, high-tech audio visual tools, as well as the latest advances in event registration, housing, and lead capture technology solutions.

On February 20, day one of the conference, the program will provide a high level view of technology and the future impact on consumers.

The program will also provide practical insights and best practices for incorporating technology into meetings and events. Sessions will focus on strategic technology planning and successful event execution, as well as the many steps in between.

New this year, an additional half-day of workshops will be offered on Friday February 21. Workshops will focus on opportunities to Grow Your Career and Build Your Business through the strategic use of technology. The exhibit area will also be open Friday to full conference registrants; allowing more time to explore opportunities for events.

Throughout the conference, attendees may experience the Garden of Technology where the latest event technologies grow. The Learning Lounge will provide hands-on guided experiential learning along with a technology solutions hub where specific problems will be tackled.

TechCon 2014 Meetings and Technology Industry Event Speakers

Brian Ludwig, senior vice president of sales at Cvent will deliver the opening keynote.

Jessica L. Levin, MBA, CMP, CAE, President and Chief Connector, Seven Degrees Communications, LLC will present “Communication 2064: From Mad Men to Teleportation A Look at Marketing Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.”

Dan Berger, CEO of Social Tables, will present “Empowering the Meeting Planner with Technology: Meeting Planning Automation.”

Amy O’Malley, CMP, director of sales at SpotMe will present “Optimizing Your Conference App: A Project Management Approach.”

Midori Connolly will present “I Don’t Speak Lumen: AV Survival Skills from Novice to Advanced.”

MaryAnne P. Bobrow, CAE, CMP, CMM, CHE, founder of Bobrow Associates, will be presenting, “Demystifying The Secret Formula of Bandwidth: High Speed Internet at Hotels and Convention Centers.”

Lawrence Coburn, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of DoubleDutch, Worldwide, will be speaking on “The Future of Mobile Apps.”

Joe Colangelo, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer or Bear Analytics, and David Schenberg, Co-Founder, BusyEvent will be presenting “Unlocking Your Event’s DNA.”

Dean DeLisle, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Forward Progress, Inc., will be speaking about content marketing.

Dahlia El Gazzar, CMP, CEO and Founder of Meeting Pool will be presenting “App Storms.”

Phil Hamstra, VP, Strategic Initiatives of Meeting Tomorrow, Nationwide will be presenting “10 Technology Trends.”

Matt Johnsen, Director of Product Management at PSAV, Worldwide will be presenting “Flashpoint: Scalable Event Technology Solutions.”

Dennis LaGorio, Global Account Executive, Marriott International’s Northern Mid-America Area Sales Team; Sean Lynch, Executive Vice President, NHS Global Events; Andrea Mott, National Sales Manager, Choose Chicago; and Melissa Swakow, Associate Manager of Meetings & Events, NHS Global Events will be speaking on “E-RFP’s – What Is The Trend? Hotels, Centers and Planners!”

Brennan McReynolds, Chief Operating Officer at Event Farm, will be speaking on “Emerging Trends in Attendee Management: A Sanity Check.”

Catherine H. Mills, CMP, Director, Annual Meeting & Council on ADA Session at the American Dental Association, will be speaking on “Strategic Branding and Meeting Experience: Working Together to Create Something New.”

John Pytel, Co-Founter & Chief Executive Officer Conferences.io, will be speaking on “The Evolution of Audience Response Systems.”

Dustin Sparks, Vice President of Creative FreemanXP, Worldwide, will be speaking on “Strategic Branding and Meeting Experience: Working Together to Create Something New.”

Barbara Rozgonyi, founding member of Social Media Club Chicago, CEO of CoryWest Media and publisher of http://wiredPRworks.com will present two LinkedIn workshops on how to grow your career and build your business.

Mike Wohlitz, National Director of Corporate Solution, Freeman, Worldwide, will be speaking on “Remarkable Technologies for An Engaging Event.”

About Meeting Professionals International-Chicago Area Chapter [MPI-CAC]

Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the meeting and event industry’s largest and most vibrant global community, helps our members thrive by providing human connections to knowledge and ideas, relationships, and marketplaces for meeting professionals in the Chicago Area.

MPI membership is comprised of more than 23,000 members belonging to 71 chapters and clubs worldwide. Over 1,200 members strong, the Chicago Area Chapter is the largest chapter in MPI. In addition to its distinction in terms of membership size, dedication and involvement, the chapter is also one of the founding chapters and rich with industry history. For more information, visit http://mpicac.org.


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