Repeat after me: "Take me to the future."
Now, how do we get there?
On February 20 and 21, you can travel to the future of meetings and events at TechCon 2014.
Presented by Meeting Professionals International Chicago Chapter [MPI-CAC], TechCon takes place at the UIC Forum located at 725 W. Roosevelt Road in Chicago.
MPI TechCon Explores the Intersection of Meetings and Technology
At the event, attendees will experience emerging technologies, learn from industry technology leaders, and network with meeting professional peers.
Speakers will address augmented reality, mobile event applications, leveraging social media, high-tech audio visual tools, as well as the latest advances in event registration, housing, and lead capture technology solutions.
Here's a speaker list . . .
TechCon 2014 Meetings and Technology Industry Speakers
Jessica L. Levin, MBA, CMP, CAE, President and Chief Connector, Seven Degrees Communications, LLC will present “Communication 2064: From Mad Men to Teleportation A Look at Marketing Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.”
Dan Berger, CEO of Social Tables, will present “Empowering the Meeting Planner with Technology: Meeting Planning Automation.”
Amy O'Malley, CMP, director of sales at SpotMe will present “Optimizing Your Conference App: A Project Management Approach.”
Midori Connolly will present on “I Don’t Speak Lumen: AV Survival Skills from Novice to Advanced.”
MaryAnne P. Bobrow, CAE, CMP, CMM, CHE, founder of Bobrow Associates, will be presenting, "Demystifying The Secret Formula of Bandwidth: High Speed Internet at Hotels and Convention Centers."
Lawrence Coburn, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of DoubleDutch, Worldwide, will be speaking on "The Future of Mobile Apps."
Joe Colangelo, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer or Bear Analytics, will be presenting on "Unlocking Your Event's DNA."
Dean DeLisle, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Forward Progress, Inc., will be speaking about content marketing.
Dahlia El Gazzar, CMP, CEO and Founder of Meeting Pool will be presenting about "App Storms."
Phil Hamstra, VP, Strategic Initiatives of Meeting Tomorrow, Nationwide will be presenting "10 Technology Trends."
Matt Johnsen, Director of Product Management at PSAV, Worldwide will be presenting on "Flashpoint: Scalable Event Technology Solutions."
Dennis LaGorio, Global Account Executive, Marriott International’s Northern Mid-America Area Sales Team, will be speaking on "E-RFP’s – What Is The Trend? Hotels, Centers and Planners!"
Sean Lynch, Executive Vice President, NHS Global Events, will be speaking on "E-RFP’s – What Is The Trend? Hotels, Centers and Planners!"
Brennan McReynolds, Chief Operating Officer at Event Farm, will be speaking on "Emerging Trends in Attendee Management: A Sanity Check."
Catherine H. Mills, CMP, Director, Annual Meeting & Council on ADA Session at the American Dental Association, will be speaking on "Strategic Branding and Meeting Experience: Working Together to Create Something New."
Andrea Mott, National Sales Manager, Choose Chicago will be speaking on "E-RFP’s – What Is The Trend? Hotels, Centers and Planners!"
John Pytel, Co-Founter & Chief Executive Officer Conferences.io, will be speaking on "The Evolution of Audience Response Systems."
David Schenberg, Co-Founder, BusyEvent will be speaking on "Unlocking Your Event’s DNA."
Dustin Sparks, Vice President of Creative FreemanXP, Worldwide, will be speaking on "Strategic Branding and Meeting Experience: Working Together to Create Something New."
Melissa Swakow, Associate Manager of Meetings & Events, NHS Global Events, will be speaking on "E-RFP’s – What Is The Trend? Hotels, Centers and Planners!"
Barbara Rozgonyi, Founding member of Social Media Club Chicago and CEO of CoryWest Media will present two LinkedIn workshops, "Leveraging LinkedIn Power Strategies to Grow Your Career: How to Go from the Sidelines to Superstar Status" and "Unlocking the Secrets of LinkedIn: How to Build Your Business: Engaging People and Opportunities."
Mike Wohlitz, National Director of Corporate Solution, Freeman, Worldwide, will be speaking on "Remarkable Technologies for An Engaging Event."
On Friday, I'll be presenting two LinkedIn workshops.
Leveraging LinkedIn Workshop
Power Strategies to Grow Your Career: How to Go from the Sidelines to Superstar Status
Speaker: Barbara Rozgonyi
More than just an online resume, your LinkedIn profile connects you to a global community with millions of people and represents the virtual marketplace of the business world. With over 260 million members, LinkedIn offers a high-performance personal branding platform that you activate, design and manage. In this session, you’ll discover how to stand out and be sought out. Learn the steps you need to take to go from being invisible on the sidelines to becoming a recognizable superstar.
In this workshop, you’ll learn how to:
Master the art of a LinkedIn power profile with a personal branding plan.
Target the specific areas on your profile that spotlight your career marketability.
Incorporate search optimization to raise your profile’s visibility and prominence.
Integrate must-have LinkedIn apps to add dimension and connectivity.
Connect, manage and build relationships to build your business.
Unlocking the Secrets of LinkedIn Workshop
Build Your Business: Engaging People and Opportunities
Speaker: Barbara Rozgonyi
You can grow your business by integrating LinkedIn into sales, customer service, marketing or PR efforts for immediate and long-term impact throughout your company and its community LinkedIn supports a variety of business strategies including recruiting new employees, generating leads, qualifying prospects, researching your industry – and the competition, locating professional services, managing contacts, and extending marketing and PR communications online.
In this workshop, you’ll learn how to:
Determine which LinkedIn groups to join and how they can grow your business.
Implement Rozgonyi’s W-I-R-E-D strategy [Words, Intentions, Routes, Experiences, Design] to optimize communications.
Master publishing techniques from the pros to boost your visibility and enrich your relationships.
Take shortcuts to connect with influencers and followers for market research and lead generation.
Avoid the biggest challenges and pitfalls when creating your company page.
Will you be at TechCon? I'd love to meet you there!!