IMEX Group launches virtual learning experience PlanetIMEX

PlanetIMEX, the new virtual learning and networking experience from the IMEX Group, has launched.

Organisers are inviting everyone in the global meetings, events and incentive travel industry to register free of charge for the new offering, launched in response to the cancellation of this year’s IMEX in Frankfurt.

The first two islands on PlanetIMEX – Education Island and Community Island – will be complemented by a third, Networking Island, due to launch on Thursday 14 May with a focus on networking and business introductions.

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, said: “I’d like to say today has been a long time coming but we’ve managed to pull off this exceptional project in just six weeks! We’re delighted to be giving back to the industry with this carefully designed online experience intended to give everyone, and all sectors, something of value, be that business introductions, new insights and learnings or simply the chance to socialise with each other in a fresh new way. This is just the start. There’s plenty more planned and we’re still evolving this concept and learning as we go. We can’t wait for people to sign up for EduMonday Live and also to dive in and explore PlanetIMEX.”

PlanetIMEX Community Island

PlanetIMEX Community Island

EduMonday Live on Monday 11 May has been designed to give the business events industry the chance to engage, totally free of charge, in a range of education sessions led by 40 expert speakers.

The education platform on PlanetIMEX has been supported by partners Cvent and Streamlined Communications. Each education session is also complemented by the CrowdCompass mobile event app to give attendees a more personal experience and the chance to interact with the speaker and other attendees.

In the usual spirit of IMEX, EduMonday Live is provided free of charge, as is access to the whole of PlanetIMEX. For those who can’t attend, IMEX will make all recordings available in an online library later in the month. The day will wrap up with a choice of four light-hearted ‘Social Soirees’ at 4.30pm.

EduMonday Live kicks off at 10am UK time. The programme starts with a welcome by IMEX Group chairman Ray Bloom and CEO Carina Bauer followed by a 10.30am keynote from Guy Bigwood, MD of the Global Destination Sustainability Index, titled ‘The big pivot – Towards a regenerative events industry’.

Among the 40 speakers are Glenn Schoen CEO, Boardroom@Crisis BV; Jonny Round, MD The Sound Agency; Horst Bayer, sustainable travel consultant and freelance creative consultant, Robert Dunsmore, plus a host of industry experts. Focusing on business recovery and longer-term strategies are consultant and business change expert Michael Greenspan and global futurist Rohit Talwar.

Also taking place on EduMonday Live is She Means Business, a joint event by IMEX and TW Magazine supported by MPI. This will be a live panel discussion where women in the business events industry will share some of the toughest decisions they’ve had to make due to the COVID-19 pandemic and recent lockdown.

On Tuesday 12 May PlanetIMEX will host a dedicated Community Day when more than a dozen industry partners and associations will offer a combination of live learning and recorded sessions, including panels, webinars, videos and forums.

While all education and professional development will take place via Education Island, Community Island is the hub for light-hearted social activities as well as news and updates from IMEX’s global events industry partners and the wider community. These handpicked stories all come to life on the Island’s pop-up Community Notice Board.

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