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  • Design Rebel: Summer Camp

    There’s nothing that says summer time nostalgia quite like summer camp. The one time a year that we got to get away from our family, socialize with our friends who lived in different states, learn new skills, and party every night. Sounds a lot like a conference if you ask me. So, it should come as no surprise that more and more meetings are taking lessons from summer camp and applying them to their meetings. Here are just a few examples of how you can turn your conference into a nostalgic trip to summer camp for your attendees. Campfire Sessions Campfires... Read more »


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    Rebel Wanderer: San Diego, CA

    San Diego is known for having just about the finest climate in the continental United States. But the city is so much more than great weather. With California’s vastly improved train system, it is easy to visit San Diego for a day from all over the southern basin including Disneyland and Los Angeles. Gaslamp Quarter The Pacific Surfliner train gives you a beautiful view of the coastline and drops you off at the Santa Fe depot in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter. Loaded with dozens or restaurants and nightclubs, the quarter retains many of the elements of older San... Read more »


  • Tech Tuesday: Create a Custom Social Network for Your Event

    Events are communal by nature. In this digital age, attendees value the face to face connections they make once or twice a year, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use the digital technology that’s available to assist in building your community. Creating an online social network can be mutually beneficial for your organization and your attendees, and pay off big time over the long term. Studies have shown that customers who engage with a brand online report spending 20% to 40% more on that brand, or on that company’s products. The most successful events are strategic in nature and focus on... Read more »


  • Rebel Roundup: Meeting Destinations, Free Wi-Fi, and Employee Experiences

    This week’s rebel round-up includes articles about social media engagement, CES, wi-fi on planes, the future of event design, attendee subscriptions, and Cvent!  Enjoy! Meeting Destinations: Expect The Unexpected – Associations Now (@AssociationsNow) DMAI announces their selections for its fifth annual “30 Under 30” list – DMAI (@meetDMAI) 1st, 2nd, 3rd Tier Cities: What do the Designations Really Mean? – empowerMINT.com (@empowermintcom) The True Cost of Free Wi-Fi -Yahoo Travel (@YahooTravel) Americas 8 Most Overlooked Small Cities – Thrillist (@thrillist) Why The Future Of Work Is All About The Employee Experience – Forbes (@forbes) See you next week with more interesting articles for the event and meeting industry! Follow us... Read more »


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    Design Rebel: Marquee Lights are HOT for Your Event

    Nothing says excitement like Broadway and nothing say Broadway like Marquee Lights. The opening shot of the film classic All That Jazz sets the stage for what follows with a dazzling marquee light up. The eye cannot help but be drawn to the raw, pulsating and vibrant lighting that are typical of these displays. Marquee lights have an interesting history. Their appearance is very closely tied to the rise of the automobile. Before these fast moving vehicles arrived, pedestrians had plenty of time to look at signs as they strolled across. However, those signs were generally unable to draw the... Read more »