Future of Meetings qualifying criteria

The Future of Meetings area gives start-ups a chance to showcase their products and services to buyers in a technology-focused environment at The Meetings Show in London, on 26-27 June 2019.

Application deadline: 26th May 2019
Approval notification by: 5th June 2019

The company must be officially founded after January 2016.

We are looking for innovative technology solutions that stand out as the next big tech innovation and that brings additional value to meetings and events. The application will be:

Innovation (4 points): Is your product innovative? How so? Is it substantially different from other similar products on the market? How so?

Value to the Meetings Industry – participants (3 points): How will your product bring value to a meeting or event in:
- learning 
- networking 
- motivation (to create a pleasant, engaging and memorable experience)

Value to the Meetings Industry – organisers (2 points): How will your product bring value to a meeting or event organiser, for example, improving the efficiency of the planning process, improving sales or increasing attendance.

Is it easy to use for participants/organisers (1 point)?

- Complimentary shared stand space 
- Pre-scheduled appointments with qualified hosted buyers
- Catalogue and online exhibitor directory listings
- Be included on the Tech Tours for hosted buyers and visitors
- 50% discount on your ticket for the FRESH Dinner on Tuesday evening
- 10% off on the Meeting Design Institute start-up membership for a year (normal price is 950 EUR, so less 10% = 855 EUR)
- Video interview at the Meeting Design TV 

You will be eligible to apply for The Future of Meetings for 2 years as long as you have been in the market for under 3 years.

- Be featured in one newsletter by The Meetings Show and one newsletter by the Meeting Design Institute, after the show
- Social media mentions across the Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook, by The Meetings Show and the Meeting Design Institute
- Complimentary 6m2 shell scheme stand with one table and two chairs
- Meeting Design Institute's membership (valid for one year)

meet the judges



Adam Parry
Adam is the co-founder and editor of www.eventindustrynews.com (EIN) is a global online event magazine.
EIN is read by organisers, promoters, event management and production companies, suppliers, experiential agencies, the corporate sector, local government and organisations that host exhibitions and conferences.
Adam, a technology evangelist also organises Event Tech Live, Europe’s only show dedicated to event technology and The Event Technology Awards a world renown awards scheme showcasing the best in event technology, both events will take place on the 9th of November in London.  

Carsten Pleiser
Carsten Pleiser is the CEO of the Event Tech Tribe, a carefully curated, infinitely innovative family of best-in-craft B2B event technologies that have chosen to work together technically, but more important to collaborate on client level. More than a collaboration, the interdependent team has brought together similarly minded companies and built a way of working that puts the customer first. Carsten has a long 10 years+ history in the event tech space starting his first gig at event tech startup amiando/XING Events in Munich, Germany. As a qualified digital marketer, self-taught web developer, and with his deep interest in (meeting) design, Carsten is able to cut through the noise and approach event tech solutions with the software user and attendee in mind. Carsten lives in Caversham, Berkshire, together with is wife and one year old baby boy Sidney-Kristian. When not online or looking after little one, you can find Carsten sailing, golfing or lifting barbells.


Felix Rundel
Felix is the Head of Programmes and International Development at the Falling Walls Foundation. A not-for-profit based in Berlin, Falling Walls provides platforms for international exchange on grand challenges in science and society. Each year on the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, its flagship meeting, the Falling Walls Conference, invites cutting-edge scientists and the world’s most influential thinkers and decision makers to discuss the question: Which are the next walls to fall? In addition to consultancy work with international clients, and strategically expanding the global network of friends and partners, Felix also develops new events in order to drive forward the Falling Walls mission of connecting communities for global change. He is a guest lecturer at Technical University Berlin, and gives talks and workshops on purpose-driven meeting design and the future of impact-oriented events and communities.


Rosa Garriga
Rosa is the Meeting Architect of Kenes Group, where she advises clients and internal teams on how to design effective congresses and measure the results. She has a vast and varied array of experience as a practicing event architect, designing association and corporate events. She uses session formats, technology solutions and facilitation methods to create events that boost participant engagement and learning retention.
Rosa is a certified Digital Event Strategist and has created award-winning events such as new conferences for PANLAR, the Pan-American Society of Rheumatologists. Prior to joining Kenes Group, Rosa was partner of the Event ROI Institute, where she trained event planners at ROI Foundation Certificate programs.
She is also a lecturer and speaker at several universities and industry events. In 2013, Rosa was included in PCMA's '20 in their twenties' inaugural class, which honors the top young professionals in the industry.

Ross Barker
Commercial director of The Meetings Show, Ross Barker, has been working on the event since 2016, helping to develop it into the leading trade show for the UK inbound and outbound meetings industry. Ross heads up the commercial team which maintains relationships with more than 600 exhibitors, including destinations, venues, hotels and key providers of meetings products and services, as well as contributing to the strategic development and success of the annual event.

Ross is highly experienced within the meetings and events sector; his career in sales started working for the Newsquest Media Group in 2000, before taking on roles in the MICE publishing industry with CAT Publications and the Haymarket Media Group.


Sofia Rodrigues Teles
Sofia Rodrigues Teles is VP of Education at the Meeting Design Institute a member-based organisation that provides resources to help meeting professionals design more effective meetings. Sofia is responsible for the design and delivery of all projects related to education. Her hands-on experience covers almost every aspect of meeting planning, including budgeting, development of education programmes, operations and marketing.

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