Do you know what’s happening in your area or town?

With so many events and conferences in all provinces we herewith share a few with you happening the next 2 weeks.

Be sure to visit our website to book venues in real time!

In summary a few of the major conferences/events below in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg.


18 Jan 2020

Sandton Convention Centre


International Conference on Information Management and Industrial Engineering (ICII)

20 – 22 Jan 2020

Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence


Business Analyst Innovation Day  (BA Innovation Day)

Gallagher Convention Centre, JohannesburgSA

23 Jan 2020


THE IIER - 788th International Conference on Applied Physics and Mathematics (ICAPM)

24 – 25 Jan 2020


International Summer Music Fest Concert3

26 Jan 2020

Cape Town City Hall


Growing Companies Through High-Performance Boards – Cape Town

28 Jan 2020

Century City Conference Centre


South African Coal Export Conference

29 – 31 Jan 2020

The Westin Cape Twon


W 12 Congress

29 – 31 Jan 2020

CTICC, Cape Town


Microsoft Ignite

30 – 31 Jan 2020

Sandton Convention Centre JHB


International Rural Youth Development Summit 2019 (IRYDS)

23 Jan 2020

Durban City Hall


What conference trends can you expect in 2020? The past two years have been packed with change and innovation in the events industry. As we close off on 2019, the events industry is abuzz with excitement in anticipation of what the upcoming year has in store.

Going into 2020, technology is expected to play a stronger role than ever within the events space. Creating memorable delegate experiences that balance face-to-face and virtual elements are a priority in modern meeting planning. The key is to use technology meaningfully, so it doesn’t become intimidating. From a marketing and visibility perspective, this is one of the greatest assets we have at our disposal and if harnessed properly, it can be the most cost-effective and impactful channel of communication with our audiences that we can have in terms of immediacy and reach.

Experiential meeting design is here to stay. Not only because more and more organisers realise the impact of using sensory channels to deliver information and create immersive and hyper-relevant conferences.

Technology will also continue to improve efficiency when it comes to both automation and networking – automated systems mean faster turnaround times, which is particularly beneficial when managing large crowds. The Internet of Things has also meant ease of access to two of the key factors driving event attendance and that is information and people.

Adoption of paperless systems, meanwhile, has provided the added benefit of minimising waste, with material such as brochures, programmes and catalogues all going digital or moving online. Waste management, amongst other aspects of greening and eco-friendly practices, is receiving much more attention within the events space, which historically has been noted as being hugely intensive on both resources and waste. However, with climate change leaving the sustainability of our profits, people and planet hanging finely in the balance, events are also becoming an important platform for driving this discussion. “Going green” is hardly new, but 2019 was the year climate change moved to the forefront of our priorities.

Apps are quickly becoming a requirement. Most events already incorporate mobile apps and mobile registration forms, but to the extent these are optional today, they won't be for long as Millennials and Gen Zers make up an increasing share of the workforce and event attendees.

Over the next couple of years, event planning is set to become increasingly delegate-centric in terms of format, content, and layout. Innovation, relevance and personalisation will be embedded into the experience and eventually shape the meeting and event industry. 

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Event planners needs to constantly think up new ways to create exceptional moments memorable enough for delegates

Attendees want experiences that'll leave them nothing but impressed!


1. Secret events

These type of events are becoming increasingly popular as Secrets have always attracted people.

The hush-hush instructions and the unique, undisclosed locations intensify people’s curiosity.

To heighten the expectations, the venue is usually revealed just a few hours before the event starts.

2. Lost Lectures

an Underground series of enchanting talks delivered in mysterious hideouts. This concept re-imagines the classic lecture-style of presentations. The organizers push the boundaries to create immersive worlds for the attendees. The world-class speakers take them on a thought-provoking journey.

3. Secret Cinema

This concept has gained popularity in the world of immersive events. It has evolved from secret film screenings in abandoned buildings to major participatory productions.

Imagine you can enter the film screen and be a part of the story. You can even co-create the experience by interacting with the on-screen characters. To create a unique atmosphere, the venue always matches the film scenery. Everything is top secret until the very last moment. Those who sign up, receive only vague advance cues about the film, dress code, and a meeting point.

4. Silent conferences

Have you heard about silent discos where people equipped with wireless headphones dance to what the DJ is playing in their ears?

The popularity of these events motivated conference organizers to start incorporating wireless headphone technology into their events. The reason is simple. It solves some of their most common problems such as lack of breakout space, Not enough time, Disruptions and Low engagement rate

5. Lunch clubbing

How about a dance rave instead of an ordinary lunch at a local bistro?

This one-hour event is all about getting in as much dancing as possible.

The dancing is a great bonding experience for the attendees. There is no alcohol involved but the entrance fee will get you a sandwich.

6. Dedicated Q&A tracks at Startup Grind

Who wouldn’t want to hear their question addressed by a successful CEO or an influential thought-leader? However, packed conference agendas rarely leave enough time for Q&A. Delegates submit their questions through the designated website, as a result the speakers are able to elaborate on their topics.

7. Participant-driven open space

This is used by giving the attendees the full power to co-create the agenda at the start? 

What better way to make your event impactful

8. Light-speed presentations

This involves a series of usually 8-15 short stand-up talks. These are often “elevator pitches” by the creatives, students, researchers or startups who want to spread their new innovative ideas.

This format is perfect for sharing quick knowledge and inspiring ideas in a short space of time. This turned out to be an invaluable bonding experience for the participants. By sharing their own problems with their peers, they realized they’re not alone in facing certain hurdles.

9. Campfire Sessions

This is an excellent format for peer-to-peer learning and making new connections. As the title suggests, they attempt to bring about a laid back atmosphere of campfire-like storytelling.

The delegates create the content and discuss it in real time. There’s always a facilitator, who introduces the topic and steers the discussion.

10. Fishbowl Conversations

This is a super engaging meeting concept. 

A fishbowl panel discussion comes from a popular open fishbowl conversation format. Guest panelists occupy two to three chairs. One chair is left empty for audience members. The moderator introduces the topic, and the panelists start discussing it. Any member of the audience can, at any time, occupy the empty chair and join the fishbowl panel. When this happens, an existing member of the fishbowl must voluntarily leave the fishbowl and free the chair. The discussion continues with participants frequently entering and leaving the panel until the time is up. The moderator then summarizes the discussion.


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1. Building internal alignment.

For how important internal alignment is to the success of a brand, it’s surprising to discover just how many organizations are misaligned. Internal brand alignment begins with your executive team. You can’t expect employees to be aligned if their leadership is not. It’s essential to ensure that both your employees and your executive team understand what your brand stands for, and are motivated to act in accordance with this understanding. 

2. Harnessing the power of technology.

This customer-generated duality means that there is a defined need to provide people with a variety of engagement portals. Gone are the days when a dedicated website was the sole source of digital engagement. Customers have become savvier in terms of what they deem to be a reasonable experience with an online or physical channel, and consumer habits are cemented in the belief that anything can be obtained at any time and from any organization.

3. Maximising attendee engagement.

Have you done enough to engage your attendees before the event takes place? Imagine expending all your energy on designing a great onsite experience but not doing enough to get attendees excited for the event itself. Attendee engagement is a crucial part of your event planning strategy, and keeping your attendees enthused and intrigued before your event is as important as keeping them involved during it. Start generating buzz for your event at least a couple of months before the launch date. Ignite conversations on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn to build anticipation and enthusiasm among attendees. These conversations can also be used as network–building opportunities to connect with like-minded people and develop mutually valuable relationships.   

4. Getting a bird's eye view.

Get a bird’s eye view into your entire portfolio of events, from one system. Browse rich attendee data and see what’s working as it happens. Look at the big picture to set up your meetings and events for success. Take a look at what its really like to sit on the other side of the desk.

5. Integrating your events into your sales and marketing.

One of the most cost-effective ways to help drive sales is to look for ways to leverage the programs you’re already doing by re-purposing the content for other initiatives. Too often, organizations spend tons of money on, say, a PR program that targets a handful of journalists but they forget to communicate the same information to clients and prospects. Or a company’s advertising program designed to generate new sales will drive people to a Website that doesn’t match the message of the ads, resulting in lost interest. Your marketing team and your sales team take care of two very different parts of the sales process. It can be a seamless relationship that benefits your customers and your business, or it can be a tension-filled struggle that leads to little conversation and a lack of understanding on both sides.

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1. Mindfullness in meetings

  1. Whats New? And Whats Good?
  2. Use a Thoughtful Pause Before Giving Feedback During Meetings
  3. Encourage a Buffer of Downtime Before and After Meetings 


2. Artificial intelligence and sustainability

Artificial intelligence can be an important tool in the effort to adopt responsible business practices.

In business, for example, it is now common to use systems that analyze and intelligently interpret meaningful data, with one application being the optimization of work and manufacturing processes.


3. Events industry to lead on CSR

Companies are obliged to develop strong cultures of CSR because it is the ‘right’ thing to do and not simply to enhance their strategic objectives. CSR should be based on a genuine virtuosity and a desire to engage with the moral values of society. As events are on the increase globally, and thousands of specialist events are happening, CSR will enable events management companies to achieve new levels of reach and brand awareness. Where communities of practice exist and where companies interact with societal players on an ongoing basis, CSR initiatives will be more meaningful. Organisations generally exist within a wider context and need to become more closely engaged with society and use organisational as well as personal employee knowledge in the pursuit of greater business value and societal benefit.


4. Increased investment in training and development

Training and development should be considered integral to work culture, because it is proven to have benefits for both employees and the business.

If you believe that hiring an experienced employee trained by someone else is less expensive than training employees yourself, you are mistaken. Such an employee will never feel loyal and devoted to your company. They will be much more likely to leave than employees in whom you’ve invested time and money. When they leave, you’ll have to go looking for a replacement – hoping the next one doesn’t leave as well.


5. Sustainability 

The Events Industry Council Sustainability Initiative seeks to inspire, educate and support leaders of all levels and disciplines who will manifest the transformation of the global meetings industry towards sustainability. We champion the implementation of sustainability practices and provide advocacy, education, resources, industry research and recognition of industry leadership.