Maria Keenan

2019 Tech Events to Add to Your Agenda (Yes, Already)

The events space moves pretty fast, if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

It seems like tickets are going on sale earlier and earlier nowadays. Obviously, this helps with forecasting for the event organisers themselves, but it also allows loyal attendees to get significant discounts on tickets that they were probably going to buy anyway. 

As well as all of this, the conferences with the confidence to go on sale a year or more in advance tend to have a quality reputation behind them, so let's take a look at some examples and see if these 2019 tech events should get marked in your calendar:

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Maria Keenan

The Many Hangovers from Alcohol at Community Events & How to Cure Them

Daisy Onubogu (pictured below) is head of community at Roam. She works with the several teams who organise events in their global locations, including Miami, Bali, Tokyo, San Francisco, and London.

Her role is to see how those who stay with Roam can engage more with the local communities, and how they can take away an in-depth association with the places they work and live. 

Meaning, they probably shouldn't be drunk all the time. 

Aside from attending events where the queues for workshops are always significantly shorter than the queues for wine, the issue of alcohol at events is one that's cropped up in my awareness more and more recently. 

When organising meetups, it seems that the bar is the easiest place to draw a crowd to. Alcohol at community events is even more of a prerequisite if you're an introvert that needs a couple of beers or a glass of wine are seen as almost essential if you're going to be networking for the evening. 

I wanted to speak with Daisy because Roam, to an outsider, seems like a tranquil nirvana where people can meet a community with a similar pace to their outwardly hard-working, yet balanced lives. But how do they entertain themselves?

This is what she had to say:

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Paul Campbell

A Note on Security, Data Privacy and our Terms of Service

In just over a month, May 25th will mark the deadline for compliance with the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation. The GDPR has struck fear into the hearts of businesses within the EU and beyond. At Tito, however, we greet the GDPR with cautious optimism. Strict data protection regulation aligns with our attitude on the matter since the start: respect people’s data.

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Maria Keenan

Meetups - A Round-Up

Anyone over the age of 20 will tell you that it gets harder as you get older to make friends. 

There's any number of reasons for that. Perhaps it's because other pursuits take up our time and energy. Perhaps it's down to not having a designated new step like school or college to throw you into a new pool of people. Or maybe it's just because you get lazy.

For a remedy to this, this week on Tito we're going to take a look at meetups. Constantly rated as one of the best places to meet like-minded folks, our customers showcase very varied interests, which you might share with them:

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Maria Keenan

3 Specific Reasons Why You Should Get an Event Planning Qualification

Candidates with a bachelor’s degree in meeting and event management, hospitality, or tourism management should have the best job opportunities.

- The US Bureau of Labor Statistics

This, to me, is extremely frustrating.

Not because I don’t hold a degree in any of these, but because, for a bureau of statistics, you’d think they’d focus on this thing called “at least some factual analysis.”

To be fair to bureaucratic entities, they do state on their website that, “Most… event planning positions require a bachelor’s degree” which is at least an attempt at justifying the hypothesis.

When it comes to the initial evidence I had going into writing this post, I had no stats to begin with either, but then again, I’m not a State department.

Given that it's my literal job to work alongside event organisers both online and off, I've heard time and again that there’s a gap in the market for proof around whether or not event management qualifications and degrees are worth the time and money that goes into them.

So, I dug a little deeper.

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Maria Keenan

Events for Good - A Round-Up

You might be lead to believe that running an event is pretty formulaic. Something, perhaps, like this:

  1. Start event
  2. Sell tickets
  3. ???
  4. Profit & happiness

Well, sorry to disappoint, but events are never that easy to produce. Some even skip the "profit" part. 

One thing that we can be certain of though is that anyone that decides to put on an event wants it to be good. Today, with a twist, we wanted to share with you some events that are not only good, they're working for the greater good:

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Annie Lowney

Free vs Paid Events | Lessons from Learn Inbound

A lot of event organisers avoid hosting free events. They treat them like the plague. This quote from our interview with Mark Breen sums up how a lot of people feel about them:

“Free events are a pain in the f**king hole. In the event industry, for loads of reasons, the worst type of event is a free, unticketed event."

"It has the potential to cause unknown problems, and you miss out on so much quality information because no one's registered.”

Free

Mark Scully of Learn Inbound begs to differ. He believes that they have a lot of value if they are ticketed, “the benefit of a free event is even if the attendees are not 100% sure they're going to attend, they're still going to register their interest in it. Events like this are great for getting more broad brand awareness because people will openly pass it along to someone else. We did no form of paid advertising for our free events, none at all. We just listed it online and organically it was getting passed around to people.”

Free events allowed him to build his brand. For example he could grow a mailing list:

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