The Association of Event Organisers (AEO) recently held its 2018 AEO Conference on 6-7 September 2018.
The event took place at The Grand Hotel in Brighton, and saw leading event professionals gathering for an evening of networking, discussion, awards and more.
The two-day conference was chaired by leading technology journalist and presenter, Georgie Barrat and delivered sessions that focussed on how technology can transform events for both events’ professionals and their customers.
Keynote, Stephan Jung kickstarted the first day with a session on mega-trends that will impact society over the next 10 years, with a particular focus on connectivity, mobility, individualism and community. He shed light on the diminishing lifeline of new companies, going from 75 years in 1955 to just 12 years in 2018.
This was followed by the System Reboot session, led by key members of the Business Technology and Innovation Group (BTIG). It took a look at the power of data and discussed a blueprint event organisers could use to link their internal systems to maximise efficiency and effectiveness.
Other sessions covered; using tech to adapt environments and create unique experiences, using AR imaginatively and utilising more affordable VR opportunities like Facebook spaces.
Chris Skeith, CEO of the AEO, commented: “The AEO Conference has always been a fantastic opportunity to draw together key industry players to learn, share ideas, network and have some fun. Georgie did a fantastic job of weaving it all together and helping us deliver that. A great couple of days down in Brighton!”
A selection of images from the conference are below. Credit: Jonny Donovan photography.