Eventopedia Launch Event (26th Jan 2015)

150126_0096_JTuckerAll Pictures used in this post is courtesy of Red Photographichands down beat my mobile phone pics of the evening!

On Monday night I headed over to 8 Northumberland for an evening of tech related excitement, as Eventopedia invited me for their launch evening.

Considering less than a year ago I was pretty ignorant of Event Tech being a thing. It’s something which I have written about it a lot on ‘I’m Damn Student’, but that’s because it is increasingly something that is being used to help bring events to the next level. Obviously that means it will start being discusses more and more on your event courses, and therefore I think it is pretty important to showcase some of the innovative thinking that is happening within the industry right now!

Eventopedia is an online website that allows event professionals to find venues and event suppliers, by being able to use the simple search bar. The idea is that it will reduce unnecessary site visits & create a trusted hub of suppliers, the unique side of this website is the fact it allows you to leave reviews.

On Monday the event was all about Event Tech that works, showcasing a highlight of talents from Crystal InteractiveMusion Events, TweetWall Pro & of course the hosts themselves Eventopedia. There was a panel discussion with Sue Mitchell (Top Banana), Charles Boyd (8 Northumberland),  Juliet Price (HBAA), Ru Barksfield (Gruve) and chaired by Chris Elmitt (Crystal Interactive) – which brought up the common theme of needed to make sure you are using tech when needed & making sure it adds something of value for your customers/attendees.


My two highlights of the evening were; Ru Barksfield’s talk on ‘It’s all about the Brief’ (and yes it was played alongside Meghan Trainor), and the fantastic display of Musion Events Holographic showcase.

Ru spoke about how, sometimes, Event Profs focus too greatly on what the event ‘should have’ rather than what is ‘needs’ to have, focusing less on the brief. Instead some people just try to add in exciting elements that create an added WOW factor! So if you gain a job that involves pitching engaging events via a client’s brief – Ru’s point is don’t just add the virtual reality headset because it is cool, instead consider does this help out client reach their overall goal? If not – CHUCK!


Musion, in my humble opinion, take event tech to the next level! They showcased their holographic technology that I highly HIGHLY recommend you go and have a look at! Not only can it bring pre-recorded elements in, but allows you to bring across a live speaker from anywhere in the world via 4G – better financial option if running an event with limited budget!

So guys, if you are looking to acquaint yourself with some pretty snazzy tech – there is definitely many options to consider & Eventopedia have you covered with all your Venue Finding & Supplier trusting needs!

What do you think will be the ‘next  big thing’ in event tech? 


Now don’t forget to sign up for The Student Sessions (#TSS) that I am hosting with Elena at International Confex on Thursday 19th February! It is a fantastic FREE event fro all #EventStudents!

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The Student Sessions @ International Confex 2015


I spent 4 years working towards my 2:1 events management degree & as some of you may know it wasn’t always the best experience. In saying that I do have a huge respect for event degrees & I’m the first to defend them, not only because they teach you a range of skills, that can be used in any type of job, but you also gain an understanding of the industry.

Sadly I am not equipped with an academic mind-set (pointed out to me when I got a U in my politics A-level exam), but within events I found an industry that I am extremely interested in, and pretty good at! Yes, my essay results were average, but in final year I started taking things seriously and looked at doing things outside academia that would help me, such as taking part in The Eventice & meeting industry professionals and experts.

The reason for this was, whilst on placement, I became aware that everyone would be graduating with a ‘good’ degree. I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news if you are yet to learn this fact, but even if you come out of university with a 1st class degree, it does not mean you will automatically get an amazing job. In fact even with work experience under your belt & a hell-a-lot of passion, every job application you fill out will be alongside hundreds of other event students!

Now before you start getting into a panic about what your future holds, just read on because I have you covered!

For the last 5+ months, I have been working with the fantastic Elena (fellow Eventice 2014 finalist – and winner!) to create an event that will help embolden current Event Management Undergraduates.’

Yep, we are hosting a student specific event at International Confex on Thursday 19th February 2015 called The Student Sessions!

The event that is aimed, at, run by, and focused on Event Management Students, and we have designed the program so that it gives YOU the best start to your career.

You know the saying ‘it isn’t what you know but who you know’, well that is what The Student Sessions is all about – Networking! Giving you the chance to meet with other students from different universities, who are equally as passionate and want to get a head start on their careers, as well as being able to talk to event professionals from across the whole events industry.

Whilst some of you might be nervous about Networking, Elena got the definition PERFECT: Networking is just an elongated word for chatting with like-minded people & occasionally benefiting from doing so.

This is an official invitation to all students of event related degrees to attend The Student Sessions, starting at 10am till 3pm on 19th February at International Confex! The day is split into two parts;

Finding your Voice in the Industry – with a Networking 101 session.

Where your Event Career can take you – Panel discussion & industry networking event.

I cannot tell you how excited and proud I am about this event. It is the first of its kind, and completely free. It is open to all event students, regardless of what point you are in your studies, but we do expect spaces to fill up quickly!

More information can be found on the Confex website, and you need to make sure you are registered to attend Confex – then feel free to let us know you’re coming via #TSS on twitter or connecting with us on social media!

Elena can be found; @ElenaClowes, elcaterina – check out her post on The Student Session

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** There is also a poll open at the moment seeing what Question #EventStudents would want to ask senior #EventProfs – you can click here for the 1 second Q or check out last weeks post


What Q’s would you ask #Eventprofs?


Good Morning you fine, fine lot! I missed Tuesday’s post because I was being a little lazy (but mostly because I was eating Wagamama’s) – we all have days like that right? Actually who am I kidding, whilst I was at uni I used ‘Netflix’ as a viable excuse as to why I was unable to meet up with friends or attempt essays!

I just want to touch on the importance of learning from others. I am an avid reader of articles where senior event professionals pass on their career advice, or explain how they came to be in the position they are. I’m not 100% sure why I find it such an interesting area to hear about – but I think a large aspect is because everyone seems to have come via a variety of different paths.

It is fascinating to hear the jobs people did beforehand, about the advice they’ve learnt through trial and error, because each story is so different!

The thing is if you had the opportunity to ask any Senior EventProfs ‘any’ Question, what would you ask? In actual fact I am so curious about what you would ask I’ve input a poll giving you 5 different question options (my personal choice being num.2!)

So the big Questions today is… What would you ask?



Also there is some exciting #EventStudents news that I cannot wait to share later this week! KEEP AN EYE OUT!

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