More than 900 corporate meeting planners and industry suppliers traveled to Las Vegas for the Collaborate Marketplace conference and trade show at Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa. The event grew in size, scope, and program offerings in its second year.
“I just got my learn on,” quipped emcee Chris Collinson, chief strategist of Collinson Media and Events, which produced the show, after Steve Forbes presented a keynote session on business development and the current state of the economy. Forbes, chairman of Forbes Media, was one of four headlining keynotes. Author and journalist Lisa Ling, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone and adult learning expert Jane Gentry rounded out the keynote panel. Andrea Crowder, the events coordinator at IDEA eSolutions, tweeted, “About to see @biz (co-founder of Twitter) deliver a keynote. Great keynote lineup at #collab12,” using the official hashtag from the event.
The education extended from the main stage into breakout education sessions, where experts presented topics on meetings technology, speakers, personal branding, ROI, legal issues, and more. Interviews with session and keynote speakers can be found on Collaborate’s YouTube page, and handouts from education classes can be downloaded here.
Collinson events are known for their networking opportunities. “From the opening reception to final sessions, this year’s Collaborate was a huge success. Even on the bus ride to the airport, I enjoyed a unique opportunity to share impressions of this year’s conference with another planner. Collinson Media [creates] such an open, collaborative environment,” says Pam Williams, meetings development manager at the Mesa Arizona Convention and Visitors Bureau.
More photos and videos from the event will be posted in the coming weeks to our Facebook page, and you can follow the conversation all year long on Twitter. If you couldn’t join us this year, plan to attend next year’s event when Collaborate Marketplace heads to Denver.