August 2015

Cover Story/Best in Show

2015 Best in Show

Join us as we celebrate summer and our annual Best in Show awards.

Convene Editors

Cover illustration by Jungyeon Roh


 CMP Series

The Next-Generation DMO

DMOs are getting increasingly vocal about how much money meetings and conventions are bringing to town.

Greg Oates

Supported Article  Destinations

Exploring Montego Bay

That amazing view, those friendly smiles, the free-wheelin’ vibes — just try not to fall in love with this legendary Jamaican paradise.

Jennifer N. Dienst


 Tools Audience Response Technology Shines at SXSW

SXSWedu used a new audience-response platform to facilitate Q&A — and collect valuable information about attendee social-media use.

Kate Mulcrone

Supported Article  Global Meetings

Three Keys to Negotiating All Over the World

People are complex, multifaceted, impulsive, and erratic. That’s true regardless of where in the world your business partners are from — and where on the map you’re planning an event.

Yadvinder S. Rana

 AV + Connectivity

Are You Gathering the Right Attendee Data?

‘I love how my association tracks my every move,' said no attendee ever.

Dave Lutz, CMP

Supported Article  Innovative Meetings

BIO's Everyday Superhero Program Powers Up

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s … the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s Everyday Superheroes, who are working to ‘heal, feed, and fuel the world’!

Regina McGee

 Event Venues

How Green Was My Property

Making sustainable events cool, one boutique hotel and one hospitality brand at a time.

Greg Oates

Supported Article  F&B

Lessons From a Celebrity Chef

‘In catering,’ Wolfgang Puck tells Convene, ‘it doesn’t matter what the trends are. It’s how you cook.’

Corin Hirsch

 There's A Meeting for That

International Virtual Assistants Association Live Summit

Things get interesting when virtual assistants gather for a live meeting.

Christopher Durso



Kiwi Days, Pinot Nights

A thrilling trip to New Zealand spotlights some unique meeting venues.

Corin Hirsch


Why Empathy Matters to Your Organization

Think empathy is a nebulous, New Age-y hard-to-apply concept? Awareness of others' perspectives allows organizations to develop much stronger solutions together.

Convene Editors

The 10 Most Popular Cities and Countries for Meetings

The Union of International Associations has ranked the most popular cities and countries for international association meetings.

Convene Editors


Tech Forecast From digitalNow 2015

240 association executives gathered in South Florida this May to discuss how new technologies are shaking up the meetings industry.

Barbara Palmer


How to Build New Technologies Into Your Meetings

When it comes to adopting new technologies, do you take a wait-and-see stance — or do you plunge right in?

Corin Hirsch

 Post Con

American Diabetes Association 2015 Chicago EXPO

ADA enjoyed record-breaking attendance and sponsorship at this year’s Chicago EXPO, a free one-day event for people managing diabetes.

Christopher Durso

 Pre Con

33rd World Congress of Endourology and SWL

For the first time ever, the endourology and oncology sections of the British Association of Urological Surgeons will co-host their annual meetings.

Kate Mulcrone

Also In This Issue

 Behind the Scenes

We're Rolling Out the Welcome Mat!

We're excited to launch a brand-new website.

Michelle Russell

 To the Point

Distinguishing Innovation

Innovation doesn’t always lead to success — but that should never stop us.

Deborah Sexton