How I got a glimpse into the future

Are you ready for Summer? I am! But since you haven’t heard much of me lately, I thought I’d fill you in on some of the very cool events I have spent time on this Spring – events that are the reason why I haven’t been as active on the blog as I’d have liked to.

The first big event this was #tekdeb16 in February, a conference based on technology debates. Both the format and the handouts where different from what we used to do: The speakers had only 5 minutes on stage and were instead walking the floor as human books, answering questions from the attendees and debating technology with them – and the handout was a program, a voting device, a collection of speaker profiles, and a note book – all in on one sheet of paper…a ‘paper app’! The attendees, speakers, and planners were happy with the event – what’s more to ask for!

The next event was the Nordic Drone Games 2016, which was the first ever: A whole day of drone demos, conference talks on drones, and drone competitions at one of Denmark’s airports – complete with food stalls, sunshine, and more than 400 happy people. It was a blast!

Event season, Spring 2016 ended with two different conferences:

One was the Plastic yoU-turn conference, which debated the horrific fact that in 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans. The conference took place in the Danish Parliament at Christiansborg Castle, which were some very historic surroundings for a very contemporary problem. The castle is beautiful, but having an event in such an important place add a few challenges too…security wise.

And last week this season’s last conference took place. It was about the future of technology and had some very high profile speakers on the program. We also tried a new form of power workshop where the groups had only eight (8!) minutes to solve a problem. The solutions where many and different, and we can’t wait to share them.

Besides planning a lot of events, I’ve also attended some. In March it was the Meetings & Events Fair that the Danish company Kursuslex have each year. It’s a two day fair with suppliers from the industry: hotels, teambuilding companies, AV production companies, etc., and it’s a ‘must attend’ for any Danish meeting planner.

Furthermore, I’ve been to several network meetings (‘gotta keep those contacts alive’), a seminar with my colleagues, and a fam trip and concert to Comwell Sorø Storkro…and just last week I tried something completely new (at least for me): the Escape Room by Midgaard Event where you have to solve riddles to get out of a room. And since I’m not much of a teambuilding person myself, I had my doubts before attending. But it was it was really fun! So much better than anticipated, and I highly recommend this sort of teambuilding activity where everybody can attend.

Now Summer is upon us and our events are on standby until the end of August. In the meantime I’ll take time off and charge the batteries for all of the Autumn event action. I’ll round off the season with a fam trip to Switzerland. I promise, you’ll hear more about that when I return on the blog in August.

Have a wonderful Summer. ‘Read’ you in August.