Previously at AIME there have been various hubs around the show floor – to showcase technology or to sit and relax with a coffee. This year saw the introduction of the Community Hub designed and built by EMG Events under the direction of Peter Jack. Peter described the show floor as a “constructed” space where people do business, so in contrast the Hub was a de-constructed space where people could relax, have a coffee and catch up on messages.
The Hub also provided a showcase for new technology. More on The Hub.
Peter Jack and EMG also produced the AIME welcome – more on that.
The seminars this year were made available for free and the presentation theatres moved to the show floor. Advantage – easily accessible. Disadvantage – sound bleed from the hall making some speakers hard to hear. However, who on earth thought it a good idea to put the unlit presentation lectern for the media conferences in front of a brightly lit background? Presenting presenters in silhouette is not good technical or event management!
Thankfully the annoying announcements to “move to your next appointment” have now been replaced by a simple chime.
Around the show floor – entertainment and drinks.