The first EVCOMFerence Bitesize event prompted a storm of social media comment from attending delegates – who described the event as inspirational, engaging, insightful and thought-provoking.
Over 80 events and communication professionals attended the event, Innovation in Communication, at The Brewery on 11 January, where a range of speakers and topics provided insights and ideas on how to use technology and clear strategic thinking to work smarter against an unpredictable outlook for 2017.
Caspar Berry’s keynote used poker to illustrate why we need to embrace managed risks to achieve objectives in our business lives, and why failure is an essential part of success. Adam Waters look ahead to 2017 suggested comms professionals probably don’t need Twitter and millennials are more diverse than everybody else thinks. Callum Gill’s insight into creative leadership communications proved the perfect antidote to a grey afternoon in January.
The session was rounded off with the three speakers being joined by Tereza Urbankova of Amec Foster Wheeler for a panel session on practical action. As Head of Internal Communications, Corporate Affairs, Tereza has overseen new online solutions before, during and beyond a major acquisition and shared first-hand the reality of bringing digital to the workplace.
Rachel Ley, Head of EVCOM’s Professional Development Committee said: “It was hugely refreshing to gain such relevant perspectives from outside of our immediate industry sphere. I’d like to thank all of the speakers for stimulating our thinking towards embracing change and grabbing future opportunities.”
Steve Garvey, EVCOM CEO, added: “EVCOMference Bitesize relaunched the association’s conference in a new, accessible format for live event, film and digital communication professionals. Members told us they wanted an industry update and networking opportunity they could fit into their busy schedules. Following the success of EVCOMference Bitesize at The Brewery we will schedule another conference in the summer and maintain the focus on helping our members be more successful.”
EVCOMference Bitesize was followed by New Year New Business drinks, the first networking event of the year for the live and visual communication industry sponsored by Dubai Business Tourism.