The 2020 edition of Meeting Professional International’s (MPI) World Education Congress (WEC), was scheduled in June in Grapevine, Texas. The event than had to be rescheduled to November 3-6, 2020 under the banner, “Reunite for Recovery”, and has reached 1,000 registrants across both in-person and digital platforms so far.
While the meeting and event industry has largely shifted to virtual connections across the globe, this experience intends to leverage a fully live in-person program in tandem with a unique digital experience. Typically, online formats utilize pre-recorded feeds without direct attendee engagement, according to MPI.
“What is clearly missing has been the opportunity to interact face to face,” shared MPI’s SVP of Experience, Annette Gregg. “Early on, we set out to create a program that can be a template to assist our members and our broader industry move toward an acceptable platform of conducting business in-person and remotely,” said Gregg. “We need to show prudence and perseverance, while also proving innovations that supplement and enhance attendee engagement!”
In-person attendees will experience an onsite ‘Duty of Care’ to keep participants safe, while also demonstrating how to effectively meet. From attendee safety kits mailed in advance to personal commitment authorizations by each participant to onsite medical staff, socially-spaced events, educational session presentation formats and high considerations for food and beverage. The Gaylord Texan, host hotel, also received the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) star of accreditation which is the gold standard of prepared facilities.
All activities and engagement will be live. MPI says; nothing pre-recorded or streamed without engagement. Keynote sessions will appear in a “late night talk show” environment with exclusive green room interviews afterwards. All concurrent sessions will take place exclusively for the digital attendees, with 18 hours of CEU available.