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December 17, 2020
In this issue
Case study: How INVNT GROUP pulled off a hybrid TEDxSydney
I attended PCOA20 virtually and in-person – and here’s how the two compared
Association Events Survey 2020 findings released
Dates confirmed for MEETINGS 2021
Young gun – Sian Caton

Case study: How INVNT GROUP pulled off a hybrid TEDxSydney
In November, TEDxSydney and INVNT GROUP joined forces to bring Australia’s leading ideas forum to life in a hybrid format.
With some savvy redirection and adaptability, the event was a success… but not without some challenges along the way.
Find out what the team did, how their approach changed and how obstacles were overcome by reading their case study here. 
I attended PCOA20 virtually and in-person – and here’s how the two compared
By Laura Bradley
As all of you know – mainly due to my incessant reporting on the topic – last Monday and Tuesday the Professional Conference Organiser Association (PCOA) held its annual conference – PCOA20.
For the first time, in response to the global pandemic, the conference was delivered in a hybrid format, with attendees either participating by tuning into EventsAIR’s online platform, OnAIR, or attending in-person at Hyatt Regency Sydney or other satellite locations across Australia and New Zealand.
And it was a success! Over the two days, more than 480 business events professionals took part in the event, including yours truly. To get right into the hybrid spirit, I spent day one as a virtual attendee and day two as an in-person delegate at Hyatt Regency Sydney. Here’s how I thought both mediums compared, including where they both had the edge.
Click here to read.
Association Events Survey 2020 findings released
The Associations Forum has released the results of its Association Events Survey 2020, an endeavour aimed at examining how events this year have been held and produced, and the trends that emerged. Exactly 194 associations participated in the survey.
Associations Forum general manager Fatima Sunderji said 2020 was initially devastating for associations, and yet they responded ‘tremendously.’
“Events are at the core of associations. They assist the association in meeting its education and information objectives and also provide a valuable income stream,” she said.
“This year, events were heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and associations successfully moved swiftly to virtual and hybrid models.”
Click here to access the results from the Association Events Survey 2020.
Dates confirmed for MEETINGS 2021
Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) has confirmed that its annual trade exhibition and networking event, MEETINGS 2021, will take place between June 2 and 3, 2021, in Auckland.
BEIA chief executive Lisa Hopkins said that next year’s event will be critical for reigniting the industry and updating buyers on the latest venues and unique experiences across the country.
“With our trans-Tasman travel bubble looking to open next year, MEETINGS will be celebrating the return of Australian hosted buyers back to Aotearoa New Zealand, and we can promise them a huge welcome,” she said.
Continue reading here. 
Young gun – Sian Caton
Since moving to Australia, former backpacker Sian Caton has swapped casual farm work for full-time business events work and has never looked back.
Sian currently works as the marketing assistant for Diversified Communications and was this year one of the finalists for the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia’s (EEAA) Richard Geddes Young Achiever Award.
Read all about her story here. 
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