What you need to know about PCMA Convening Leaders 2018

published on December 7, 2017
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PCMA Convening Leaders is just around the corner! The annual meeting of the Professional Convention Management Association will draw attendees from 35 countries to Nashville, Tennessee, from January 7 to 10, 2018, for four days’ worth of ideas, exchanges and networking. Each year, Convening Leaders brings the very latest and greatest in event tech and trends, plus inspiring speakers, engaging workshops and one-of-a-kind educational opportunities – and this year is no exception. And, since it’s being hosted in “Music City”, look for performances from some of Nashville’s biggest musical stars. Here’s a round-up of everything you need to know about this year’s conference.

What’s new at PCMA Convening Leaders 2018

PCMA Convening Leaders 2018 will incorporate several exciting new innovations into the conference program via its Face2Face programming. These include:

  • The Mix: A 65-foot long, 18-feet high video screen with live streaming content including social media posts and replays of popular sessions.
  • Centerstage Presentations: Combining coffee and conversation, this series of 30-minute case-studies will keep attendees up with the latest and greatest.
  • Three learning and networking spaces: A trio of smaller spaces within the larger conference halls, The Changing Mindset, The Evolving Business Models and The Changing Brand Strategies spaces will allow for collaboration and self-paced learning.
  • Techpods: A look at how technology integration is now a vital part of every conference event.
  • Techbar: A relaxed atmosphere for one-on-one Q&As with experts in latest in immersive convention technologies.
  • (Re)ality Alley: Billed as a VR, AR and mixed reality playzone, the (Re)ality Alley will demonstrate the power of new experiential technologies perfect for your next events.

Teamwork in the shape of the world’s largest guitar

Because, it’s all happening in Music City, PCMA attendees are also invited to take part in an attempt to set a Guinness World Record to form the Largest Human Image of a Musical Instrument, previously set in 2014 by the city of Nice (in the shape of a giant saxophone), making all who participate a piece of musical history!

Breakfast in Bed courtesy of Montréal

Tourisme Montréal’s ever-popular Breakfast in Bed will be back, treating planners to a taste of Montréal hospitality right in their hotel rooms before jumping into another busy day of activities. We’re excited to offer a taste of Québec flavour to start the day off right for conference guests – bon appétit! (Those interested in partaking, seek us out at the Tourisme Montréal booth in the expo hall).