Hello and Happy Thursday! Plans for World Telemedia Prague on 10-12 November move on apace as you can see from this week’s – and last week’s – news. We have a wealth of sponsors from across the industry and the conference sessions and tracks are taking shape.
This time out we are taking a slightly different approach, looking to break out of the confines of the traditional conference and trying something new. Over the coming weeks we’re looking forward to seeing how this “revamped” industry gathering will take shape.
When I asked event organiser Jarvis Todd to explain his thinking behind some of the format changes he said: “Information exchange has often been a challenge [in this highly competitive industry], with speakers often reluctant to “spill the beans” – this year we’ve mixed it up by introducing a variety of new formats to stimulate the exchange of thoughts, ideas and information”.
There will be four major plenary sessions (covering industry trends, billing, infrastructure and new vertical markets) supported by “country updates” and “city breakouts”. The updates being short sharp “drop in” sessions (on the show floor); where delegates can gain a general understanding of a wide range of global markets.
However the breakouts will give everyone an opportunity to enjoy a change of scene with like-minded colleagues; as they gather in specially selected city venues to discuss areas of common interest – whilst sampling some local culture.
The show floor looks a little different too, with video screens at every turn – the emphasis will really be on company presentations and meetings areas. There’s even a dedicated corner for you to book a pre-arranged TV interview with me, the editor of Telemedia Magazine – this can then be used as valuable corporate video content for your own site, YouTube, Telemedia TV and course Telemedia Online.
As you might expect, the team at WT HQ are also now working hard to select the very best city locations for another packed schedule of evening events. Prague may not be “just about the beer” but don’t worry, it’s sure to feature as part of a net working schedule that includes; a Gala Dinner on the 10th, Evening Drinks on the 11th and a “tasting” session for those “hair of dog diehards” that don’t wish to rush off on the last day.
World Telemedia 2015 is set to be another high tech orgy of business networking and information gathering – with the emphasis on helping everyone make the right contacts during their time in Prague.
So now is definitely the time to get in touch with the events team and start thinking about how you can capitalise on this fantastic and seemingly “evergreen” commercial forum.
A call for papers has now gone out with responses due by Friday 23 October and the show floor is now open to book meeting areas, table tops, stands, mini lounges and hospitality areas.