Skip to main content

GETS 2023 Agenda


The Global Event Tech Summit is an exclusive educational event that focuses on innovation and personalised experience in equal measure. Our agenda is carefully curated with a series of targeted seminars, interactive product demos, and opportunities to share knowledge with like-minded industry professionals to help event organisers deepen their understanding of how technology can be used to enhance events.

22 - 23 November 2023, De Vere Horsley Estate, Surrey

REGISTER TO ATTEND     OR     BECOME A SPONSOR

Day One - 22 November 2023


Registration

Time: 9.00am - 10.00am

Arrive onsite and collect your badge with teas and coffees available.


Editor's Welcome Address

Time: 10.00am - 10.15am

Opening remarks for the Global Event Tech Summit by Conference News' editor, Cameron Roberts.

Cameron Roberts

Cameron Roberts

Company & Role: Conference News, Editor

Cameron Roberts is the editor of Conference News, the UK’s leading publication for event professionals. In his decade-long career in journalism, Cameron has occupied numerous editorial roles, writing about oil and gas, information services, automation, robotics and travel.

In his current role, Cameron focuses on how the events industry interacts with government; the implementation of technology in events; and how diversity and inclusion impacting events businesses.

Cameron has appeared on stage at numerous events, including International Confex and Reset Connect, aiming to guide discussion and provide insight into the meetings and events space.

LinkedIn


Bespoke platforms vs one size fits all

Time: 10.15am - 11.00am

In the landscape of event platforms, investing in a bespoke piece of technology is an outlay that many organisations simply cannot risk upon. So what are the advantages and pitfalls to utilising a more mainstream system?

Host: Ade Allenby

Host: Ade Allenby

Company & Role: Allenby Advisory, Event Technology Specialist

As an Event Technology Specialist, Ade works with clients to assess, deploy and maximise the benefits of Digital Engagement and Event Technology to increase Revenue and NPS. His background is in Digital Product Management across Sales, Marketing and Service, joining the events industry in 2015. His Innovation role at Reed Exhibitions (RX Global) led him to take dozens of products through testing and implementation, including 1-2-1 meetings, lead capture, attendee tracking and indoor navigation.

Ade is a Senior Advisor for Collingwood Advisory specialising in Strategy for Digital Marketing and Event Technology, and also leads a team of implementation specialists under his own Allenby Advisory brand.

LinkedIn

Rachel Stoughton

Rachel Stoughton

Company & Role: WRG - part of Inizio Engage, Platform Director

With expertise in Virtual and Hybrid event production, Rachel's production experience has ranged from small team, virtual meetings to global broadcasts and hybrid meetings.

Since joining WRG, Rachel has produced many virtual and hybrid events, but found a natural affinity towards event platforms and technology, creating bespoke journeys which enhance the events. Leading the Platform team from an agency perspective rather than SaaS, Rachel and her team have the opportunity to work closely with the client and the delivery teams at the very early stages to really explore what is possible to make the most of the technology that is available.

LinkedIn

Daniel Mortimer

Daniel Mortimer

Company & Role: ExpoPlatform, Regional Director (USA, Europe)

Daniel has worked in the exhibition industry for over 12 years and his experience spans across three continents. Having started as a graduate at Clarion Events in 2010, he progressed quickly to Event Director and oversaw events in the Middle East and Australia.

More recently he has moved across to event technology and is now Regional Director (USA, Europe) at ExpoPlatform. He is passionate about the furtherment of event technology and whilst working in events was integral in modernising the projects he worked on, introducing matchmaking and hosted buyer technology. Now that he is on the other side of the table, he is using his event experience to help organisers develop their digital strategy with smart events and communities.

LinkedIn

Pedro Malha

Pedro Malha

Company & Role: Open Audience, Commercial Director

Meet Pedro Malha, the dynamic Commercial Director of Open Audience Ltd. Pedro's leadership has propelled the UK-based company to global recognition, creating bespoke engagement solutions for healthcare events in 25+ countries.

Transitioning from his role as CTO & Head of Digital Engagement, Pedro combines in-depth technical knowledge with strategic vision, improving meetings worldwide by transforming passive delegates into engaged contributors.

Pedro is shaping the future of healthcare events with disruptive digital technologies, a testament to his innovative spirit and commitment to excellence. His work resonates beyond the corporate sphere, revolutionizing audience engagement on a global scale.

LinkedIn

Margaret Reeves

Margaret Reeves

Company & Role: RefTech, Managing Director

Margaret's full speaker profile will be available shortly!

LinkedIn


Scheduled 1-on-1 meetings and networking break

Time: 11.00am - 12.15pm

10 minute pre-arranged meetings with event tech suppliers. Please check your schedule on our official event app for your meeting timings.


Event automation in 2023

Time: 12.15pm - 1.00pm

Detailing how event organisers can leverage AI and automation tools today, this session will focus on practical uses that can be implemented across a variety of scales and event types.

Host: Ade Allenby

Host: Ade Allenby

Company & Role: Allenby Advisory, Event Technology Specialist

As an Event Technology Specialist, Ade works with clients to assess, deploy and maximise the benefits of Digital Engagement and Event Technology to increase Revenue and NPS. His background is in Digital Product Management across Sales, Marketing and Service, joining the events industry in 2015. His Innovation role at Reed Exhibitions (RX Global) led him to take dozens of products through testing and implementation, including 1-2-1 meetings, lead capture, attendee tracking and indoor navigation.

Ade is a Senior Advisor for Collingwood Advisory specialising in Strategy for Digital Marketing and Event Technology, and also leads a team of implementation specialists under his own Allenby Advisory brand.

LinkedIn

Jamie Vaughan

Jamie Vaughan

Company & Role: Cvent, VP of Sales - Europe

Jamie is an influencer and thought leader within the Event Tech space, he brings his considerable experience of leading business and sales teams to ensure he is never far away from commercialising technology. He has many years leading SaaS and Mobile firms including product envision and roll-out.

LinkedIn

Simon Burton

Simon Burton

Company & Role: InGo, Ambassador

Simon Burton is an event industry entrepreneur with vast experience of trade shows, awards and conferences as a organiser, supplier and Marketing and PR consultant. He has successfully launched and sold 3 trade shows and 5 awards campaigns.

He is a passionate advocate for story-telling through events and extending event messages and connections beyond the physical constraints of the event itself.

LinkedIn


Lunch

Time: 1.00pm - 2.00pm

An opportunity to network with fellow attendees and suppliers as you recharge and refuel for the afternoon content. Lunch will be served in a buffet style with a range of options to cater for any dietary requirements.


How to keep your audience switched on

Time: 2.00pm - 2.45pm

Keeping your audience, be it online or in person, is a challenge. Utilising technology to ensure audiences play an active role in your event programme could be the key to increasing retention and providing actionable outcomes.

Felicia Asiedu

Felicia Asiedu

Company & Role: Cvent, Marketing Director

Felicia is responsible for the strategic direction of Cvent Europe’s marketing team. A qualified CIM marketing professional, she has over 17 years of sales and marketing experience in fast-moving technology organisations.

Felicia has run events throughout her career and is instrumental in delivering Cvent’s flagship annual European event Cvent CONNECT Europe.

With a passion for DE&I, She is one of the co-founders of M&IT Award-winning organisation the Diverse Speaker Bureau, is one of the FastForward15 Diversity Ambassadors and sits on the Diversity and Inclusion Council within Cvent.

LinkedIn


Scheduled 1-on-1 meetings and networking break

Time: 2.45pm - 3.45pm

10 minute pre-arranged meetings with event tech suppliers. Please check your schedule on our official event app for your meeting timings.


Data analysis for event success

Time: 3.45pm - 4.30pm

It’s one thing to collect data on-site at an event, it’s another to use it to continuously improve. This session will highlight ways in which organisers can utlise data, implement new strategies and see year-on-year improvements.

Host: Ade Allenby

Host: Ade Allenby

Company & Role: Allenby Advisory, Event Technology Specialist

As an Event Technology Specialist, Ade works with clients to assess, deploy and maximise the benefits of Digital Engagement and Event Technology to increase Revenue and NPS. His background is in Digital Product Management across Sales, Marketing and Service, joining the events industry in 2015. His Innovation role at Reed Exhibitions (RX Global) led him to take dozens of products through testing and implementation, including 1-2-1 meetings, lead capture, attendee tracking and indoor navigation.

Ade is a Senior Advisor for Collingwood Advisory specialising in Strategy for Digital Marketing and Event Technology, and also leads a team of implementation specialists under his own Allenby Advisory brand.

LinkedIn

Laura Whittington

Laura Whittington

Company & Role: Live Group, Head of Digital Product

With a reputation for technical ingenuity and leadership excellence, Laura Whittington serves as the Head of Digital Product at Live Group. Laura is a proven leader whose commitment to going beyond the 'fine' to achieve the 'incredible' is unparalleled. Her focus isn't just on successful project delivery

it's about pioneering creative technical solutions that exceed client expectations. Laura's approach combines commercial astuteness with emotional intelligence, making her a captivating speaker you won't want to miss.

LinkedIn

David Preston

David Preston

Company & Role: Realise, Chief Executive Officer

David's full speaker profile will be available shortly!

LinkedIn

Ric Porteus

Ric Porteus

Company & Role: One Tribe, Chief Executive Officer

Ric's full speaker profile will be available shortly!

LinkedIn


Product demonstrations and event tech clinic

Time: 4.30pm - 5.30pm

Get to grips with some of the latest innovations in event tech through a series of live product demonstrations. Receive expert advice from suppliers on your personal challenges when it comes to using technology across your events.


Room check-in and free time

Time: 5.30pm - 6.30pm

Pick up your keycard and check into your hotel accommodation.


Drinks reception

Time: 6.30pm - 7.30pm

An opportunity for casual networking with fellow attendees and suppliers, with a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to cater for your preference.


Evening dinner

Time: 7.30pm

Enjoy a complimentary three-course meal, continuing discussions on the learnings from the event and building relationships with your peers. Any dietary requirements will be catered for.

Day Two - 23 November 2023


Breakfast

Time: 7.45am - 9.15am

Fuel up for the morning event content. Breakfast will be served buffet style with a range of options to cater for any varying dietary requirements.


Leveraging tech to create inclusive events

Time: 9.30am - 10.15am

Exploring tech’s role in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), this session will reveal how utlising the right tools can make events more accessible and accommodate a diverse range of delegate needs and preferences. Panelists will also share how this can positively impact the event experience.

Host: Cameron Roberts

Host: Cameron Roberts

Company & Role: Conference News, Editor

Cameron Roberts is the editor of Conference News, the UK’s leading publication for event professionals. In his decade-long career in journalism, Cameron has occupied numerous editorial roles, writing about oil and gas, information services, automation, robotics and travel.

In his current role, Cameron focuses on how the events industry interacts with government; the implementation of technology in events; and how diversity and inclusion impacting events businesses.

Cameron has appeared on stage at numerous events, including International Confex and Reset Connect, aiming to guide discussion and provide insight into the meetings and events space.

LinkedIn

Lizzy Eaton

Lizzy Eaton

Company & Role: Oddity Events & Marketing, Director

Lizzy is the founder and director of Oddity, a boutique events agency based in London.

After graduating with a BA Hons in Event Management from the University of Greenwich in 2010, Lizzy began her career at a medical association, delivering scientific conferences and workshops in the UK and Europe. After this, she worked as an event operations specialist at Informa Group, responsible for successfully delivering events for up to 8,000 attendees.

In 2013 Lizzy took a side step to gain agency experience. She spent almost five years at a prestigious communications consultancy, Portland Communications, where she built the commercial events offering and led a team of events and marketing specialists. While at Portland, Lizzy advised some of the most recognised global organisations on their strategic live engagement initiatives, including AkzoNobel, Apple, Diageo, Google, Facebook and McDonald's.

After progressing to Head of Events & Marketing, Lizzy left Portland in 2018 to start Oddity. Since then, Oddity has grown exponentially and received numerous industry awards, including the Conference News' award for Best Start-Up Agency and the Meetings Industry Association award for Outstanding Team of the Year, both in 2020.

In 2021 Lizzy was recognised in C&IT magazine's Agency A-List, which is an exclusive selection of the top 35 under 35 agency-side event planners in the UK. In 2022, Lizzy was named by Micebook as one of the 50 most influential female leaders in the events industry.

Now with almost 15 years of experience in event management and team leadership, Lizzy works primarily with organisations that wish to use events to influence public policy and drive social change.

Lizzy is a passionate advocate for people with disabilities, using her voice to encourage event professionals to include accessibility and inclusion in their core planning principles.

Lizzy has also contributed numerous articles, blogs and chapters in industry publications, including as a guest writer in Events Management: An Introduction, a textbook which explores the multidisciplinary nature of professional event management.

LinkedIn

Simon Read

Simon Read

Company & Role: Ashfield Event Experiences, Senior Producer

A Senior Producer, who has grown through logistics and production to focus on content and messaging. Experiences are at the heart of everything we deliver and this is a fundamental aspect of my role.

LinkedIn

Neil Hudson-Basing

Neil Hudson-Basing

Company & Role: WE CREATE SPACE, Events Manager

Neil Hudson-Basing has worked in the events industry for almost 20 years across a broad range of sectors including charity, voluntary, political, education & media. He's also a freelance emcee, events constant, public speaker & trainer.

Neil prides himself on being energetic and down to earth with a warm confidence and authenticity that lets attendees know that they're in extremely capable hands! A talented communicator with a passion for bringing audiences together and always with inclusion & equality at the forefront. He is a big believer in the power of storytelling in creating engaging content and valuable, shared experiences for audiences and speakers.

LinkedIn

Scott Holman

Scott Holman

Company & Role: Immersive AV, Commercial Director

Scott's full speaker profile will be available shortly!

LinkedIn


Adapting to Changing Delegate Needs: Technology for Sustainable Events

Time: 10.15am - 11.00am

As the CEO of a global engagement consultancy, Leslie will showcase the urgent need for sustainable events and how technology can help meet it. With increasing concerns about travel's environmental impact and a delegate preference for reduced travel, Leslie will highlight technological solutions for eco-friendly, virtual, and hybrid event formats. Dive into how innovation not only promotes sustainability but also resonates with modern delegate demands. Join Leslie to understand how to future-proof your events by 2030.

Leslie Robertson

Leslie Robertson

Company & Role: Open Audience, Chief Executive Officer and Founder

Leslie started Open Audience in 2015, drawing upon his 26-year career with Life Science company AstraZeneca. Here he honed his expertise in multiple senior and strategic leadership roles in areas such as Marketing, Brand, Sales, Human Resources and Internal Communications across the AZ globe.  Leslie’s vision is to make meetings better by engaging, inspiring and informing audiences through dynamic interactive experiences - leading to behavioural change, memorable interactions, and quality, measurable outcomes.

Leslie believes that event design and relevant content are at the heart of every successful meeting, and that by harnessing the power of audience engagement you can turn passive delegates into active participants and thereby deliver true value against the investment you make in your event.

LinkedIn


Scheduled 1-on-1 meetings and networking break

Time: 11.00am - 12.00pm

10 minute pre-arranged meetings with event tech suppliers. Please check your schedule on our official event app for your meeting timings.


Keeping your community connected

Time: 12.00pm - 12.45pm

In this digital age, fostering meaningful connections and a sense of belonging is crucial. Learn how technology can keep communities connected and informed 365 days a year, no matter where they are. We’ll also touch on the importance of personalisation.

Host: Louisa Daley

Host: Louisa Daley

Company & Role: Conference News, Deputy Editor

Louisa Daley is the Deputy Editor of Conference News magazine. She has been part of the brand for four years, which has seen her build up a strong and diverse network of event professionals.

She regularly interviews eventprofs and interacts with the wider events community to discover key trends and common challenges.

Louisa is also an experienced presenter, and has previously hosted panel discussions, roundtables and commercial videos.

LinkedIn

Michelle Goodall

Michelle Goodall

Company & Role: Freelance Community Consultant

Michelle's full speaker profile will be available shortly!

LinkedIn

Hannah Burke-Tomlinson

Hannah Burke-Tomlinson

Company & Role: Outstanding Schools (part of GovNet), Senior Programme Manager

Dr Hannah Burke-Tomlinson is the Senior Programme Manager for Outstanding Schools, the premium content and networking provider for international educators around the globe. Hannah entered the events sector in 2021, after completing her PhD at King's College London.

Hannah is passionate about creating research-oriented content that meets the needs of specialist communities and, to this end, has recently launched a new podcast titled 'Class Act' on behalf of Outstanding Schools, which she also hosts. Hannah was listed as one of Event Industry News’ Top 100 Conference Professionals to Watch 2022 and is part of the CN 30underThirty Class of 2022.

LinkedIn

Rob Prevett

Rob Prevett

Company & Role: Totem, Growth Director

Rob Prevett is Growth Director at Totem, an enterprise event technology partner. He oversees Totem's sales and marketing efforts across EMEA.

Totem’s digital engagement platform Reef, helps event organisers gain deep insight into their communities and deliver highly personalised experiences for their users. A single platform for all their live and on demand content, all year round an always on.

Rob brings a wealth of experience to Totem having scaled two successful events businesses over the last 20 years. He draws on that experience to help leading brands change the way they deliver events.

LinkedIn


Closing comments

Time: 12.45pm - 1.00pm

Final remarks on the Global Event Tech Summit by Conference News' editor, Cameron Roberts.

Cameron Roberts

Cameron Roberts

Company & Role: Conference News, Editor

Cameron Roberts is the editor of Conference News, the UK’s leading publication for event professionals. In his decade-long career in journalism, Cameron has occupied numerous editorial roles, writing about oil and gas, information services, automation, robotics and travel.

In his current role, Cameron focuses on how the events industry interacts with government; the implementation of technology in events; and how diversity and inclusion impacting events businesses.

Cameron has appeared on stage at numerous events, including International Confex and Reset Connect, aiming to guide discussion and provide insight into the meetings and events space.

LinkedIn


Lunch

Time: 1.00pm - 2.00pm

A final opportunity to network with your fellow attendees. Lunch will be served buffet style with an option to package and take home with you from the event.