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2 Days
33 Speakers
30 Tech Sessions
40 Exhibitor Pods

01 Amazing Reception

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2014 Agenda There Is Something For Everyone

Thursday, February 20th, 2014:

Main Hall
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Registration and Breakfast
Forum Lobby
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Welcome to
TechCon 2014
8:30 - 8:45 a.m.
FutureFocus: Revolutionary Ideas Will Change Everything
8:45 - 10 a.m.
Break
11 - 11:10 a.m.
Breakout Sessions
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11:10 a.m. - Noon
Networking Lunch
Noon - 1:15 p.m.
Break
1:15 - 1:30 p.m.
Technology Garden
Main Hall
Noon - 5 p.m.
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Networking Reception
5:20 - 7:20 p.m.
Break-
out #1
Level 1, Room D
Registration and Breakfast
Forum Lobby
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Welcome to
TechCon 2014
Main Hall
FutureFocus: Revolutionary Ideas Will Change Everything
Main Hall
FutureFocus: The Future of Attendee Event Experience
Main Hall
Break
11 - 11:10 a.m.
Networking Lunch
Main Hall
Break
1:15 - 1:30 p.m.
Break
2:20 -2:30 p.m.
Break
3:20 - 3:30 p.m.
Break
4:20 - 4:30 p.m.
Networking Reception
Main Hall
Break-
out #2
Level 1, Room E
Registration and Breakfast
Forum Lobby
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Welcome to
TechCon 2014
Main Hall
FutureFocus: Revolutionary Ideas Will Change Everything
Main Hall
FutureFocus: The Future of Attendee Event Experience
Main Hall
Break
11 - 11:10 a.m.
Networking Lunch
Main Hall
Break
1:15 - 1:30 p.m.
Break
2:20 - 2:30 p.m.
Break
3:20 - 3:30 p.m.
Break
4:20 - 4:30 p.m.
Networking Reception
Main Hall
Break-
out #3
Level 1, Room F
Registration and Breakfast
Forum Lobby
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Welcome to
TechCon 2014
Main Hall
FutureFocus: Revolutionary Ideas Will Change Everything
Main Hall
FutureFocus: The Future of Attendee Event Experience
Main Hall
Break
11 - 11:10 a.m.
Networking Lunch
Main Hall
Break
1:15 - 1:30 p.m.
Break
2:20 -2:30 p.m.
Break
3:20 - 3:30 p.m.
Break
4:20 - 4:30 p.m.
Networking Reception
Main Hall
Break-
out #4
Level 2, Room H
Registration and Breakfast
Forum Lobby
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Welcome to
TechCon 2014
Main Hall
FutureFocus: Revolutionary Ideas Will Change Everything
Main Hall
FutureFocus: The Future of Attendee Event Experience
Main Hall
Break
11 - 11:10 a.m.
Networking Lunch
Main Hall
Break
1:15 - 1:30 p.m.
1:30 - 1:55 p.m.
Attendee Choice
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1:55 - 2:20 p.m.
Break
2:20 - 2:30 p.m.
Break
3:20 - 3:30 p.m.
Break
4:20 - 4:30 p.m.
4:30 - 5:20 p.m.
Networking Reception
Main Hall
Break-
out #5
Level 2, Room I
Registration and Breakfast
Forum Lobby
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Welcome to
TechCon 2014
Main Hall
FutureFocus: Revolutionary Ideas Will Change Everything
Main Hall
FutureFocus: The Future of Attendee Event Experience
Main Hall
Break
11 - 11:10 a.m.
Networking Lunch
Main Hall
Break
1:15 - 1:30 p.m.
Break
2:20 - 2:30 p.m.
Break
3:20 - 3:30 p.m.
Break
4:20 - 4:30 p.m.
Networking Reception
Main Hall

Friday, February 21st, 2014:

Main
Hall
Registration and
Breakfast
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Technology Garden Open
8:00 - Noon
(To Conference
Registrants Only)
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OFFSITE:
MPI-CAC
Community
Outreach Project
(Optional)
1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Break-
out #1
Registration and
Breakfast
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
OFFSITE:
MPI-CAC
Community
Outreach Project
(Optional)
1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
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2014 Thought Leaders For a Digital Reality

2014 TechCon's thought leaders combine a collection of powerful and insightful experts in the events technology industry. Our goal is to find new voices to bring to the meetings industry who not only can speak about new technology but have a higher understanding of how you can actually implement these tools to see results. Considering the demands and constraints on this industry, we understand your time is valuable and using your time wisely and effectively in the new digital driven space is paramount. The collection of speakers that will attend TechCon will helped you cut through the noise and deliver actionable knowledge that delivers results.

Brian Ludwig

Senior Vice President of Sales
Cvent

Brian Ludwig joined Cvent in 2000, shortly after the company was founded. Early on, he established himself as a top sales producer and despite the challenges of a dot.com bust and economic recession, he built two of the company’s most successful global sales divisions. Brian also spearheaded Cvent’s office expansion beyond North America, into the UK and Germany.

Catherine H. Mills, CMP

Director, Annual Meeting & Council on ADA Session
American Dental Association, Chicago, IL

Catherine Mills is the Director, Annual Meeting & Council on ADA Session at the American Dental Association. Catherine oversees the production of the ADA’s annual conference and tradeshow which attracts between 25,000 – 35,000 attendees and offers over 300 continuing education courses over a 3 ½ day period and a tradeshow of over 600 exhibiting companies and 165,000 net square feet of exhibit space.

Mike Wohlitz

National Director of Corporate Solutions
Freeman

Mike specializes in the technical and strategic development and deployment of solutions for the television, live event, corporate staging and exhibit markets. Since joining Freeman, Michael uses his diverse, 25 years of experience in AV and lighting, and rigging applications to serve as a multidiscipline solution provider for Freeman’s television, trade show and corporate clients.

 


Phil Hamstra

Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
Meeting Tomorrow

Phil Hamstra is an emerging thought leader in event and meeting technology, with 10 years of hands-on experience in A/V, computer, and meeting software. He is passionate about finding ways to transform the live meeting experience, and as the head of Meeting Tomorrow's Innovation division, he spends almost all of his time experimenting with new and existing technology to bring new products and services to market.

Amy O'Malley, CMP

Director of Sales
SpotMe

Amy shares a variety of experiences with offsite catering, wedding and corporate event planning, country club and hotel management, convention services, and sales and marketing. She has a B.S. in Hospitality Management from Cornell University and holds the designation of Certified Meeting Professional (CMP).

Dan Berger

Chief Executive Officer
Social Tables, Washington, D.C.

Dan has been described as a “relentless and focused entrepreneur” and recognized 40 Under 40 in the meetings industry by Collaborate Magazine and Connect Magazine. After running a national advocacy group where he organized 30 special events a year, he decided there was an opportunity to combine the two things he loved most: events and technology.

MaryAnne P. Bobrow, CAE, CMP, CMM, CHE

Founder
Bobrow Associates

MaryAnne Bobrow is President of Bobrow Associates, Inc., an association and meetings management company. Her firm manages not-for-profit associations, as well as producing meetings, trade shows, and events for not-for-profit and for profit sectors.

 

 



Midori Connolly

Chief AVGirl
AVGirl Productions

Midori Connolly is the Principal at AVGirl Productions and former co-owner of an AudioVisual company. She is best known for producing the first set of best practices for Sustainable AV Staging. Now Midori produces and consults on meetings and events around the world, with specialties in her turnkey hybrid meeting solutions and green(er) AV production. Recently appearing in Wired Magazine, she is also recognized as a Platinum Speaker by Meeting Professionals International and a Best-in-Class Speaker for Professional Convention Managers Association.

Dahlia El Gazzar, CMP

CEO and Founder
Meeting Pool

Dahlia El Gazzar defines herself as a supplanner. As a CMP, and with more than a decade of experience in the meetings industry, Dahlia has been on the planner side as well as on the supplier side.

 

 

Jessica L. Levin, MBA, CMP, CAE

President and Chief Connector
Seven Degrees Communications, LLC

With a background in marketing and event planning, Jessica has a passion for connecting people and creating experiences based on strategic goals. She has a reputation as the “Go To” person regarding marketing, event design and anything involving trends in technology. Jessica uses social networking tools to build and strengthen both personal and business relationships and teaches others how to embrace social media as a way to create both corporate and personal brands.

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2014 Location Location, Cost, Parking

Location:

UIC Forum
725 W. Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL

TechCon is proud to be hosted by the University of Illinois at Chicago, and their UIC Forum, one of the most accessible facilities of its kind. TechCon provides event planners, event suppliers, marketing professionals, brand advertisers, agencies, and business leaders with the knowledge and tools needed to navigate the ever changing social and digital landscape. TechCon was designed for you by industry thought leaders and innovators, our instructional program was designed to cut through the noise and deliver you the knowledge needed to use these new tools effectively.

Registration for TechCon 2014 is open to members of MPI, as well as, nonmembers regardless of industry. While the event is targeted toward the event industry, the education and experience is also ideal for marketing teams, CEO’s, Social Media Strategists, anyone who plans/supports events or meetings, and individuals interested in how digital media can help develop relationships that lead to a return.