Jakel Lin, GIS Group, receives the IAPCO Driving Excellence Innovation Award, as supported by IMEX.
As was the case last year, this years’ ceremony took place virtually. The award introduced by Carina Bauer, CEO of IMEX, and Martin Boyle, IAPCO CEO, was nevertheless celebrated by an international audience of meeting professionals.
The ceremony followed the IAPCO Impact Dialogue dedicated to Innovation and Cyber-security, a topic of well suited, given the digital nature of all entries to the race.
IAPCO CEO, Boyle, said "the last 18 months have been challenging meetings professionals beyond what we could ever had anticipated. However, adverse conditions also allowed us to witness the blooming of innovative digital solutions and creative virtual experiences. We have proved once again how adaptable and resilient our industry is."
Jakel Lin with the GIS Group created a successful hybrid experience that will become a benchmark for hybrid congresses in the future. The perfect use of technology – including holograms – combined with a well-designed programme created the perfect engagement experience for both in-person and virtual audiences.
Not surprisingly, but for the first time, our 3 finalists all competed with digital solutions. The results were close and all deserve our applauds for their creativity.
The finalists for the 2021 IAPCO Innovation Award were:
The IAPCO Innovation award is in its seventh year. Supported by IMEX, it celebrates these innovations and creative solutions, where individuals have met a challenge and gone the extra mile to deliver above and beyond our clients’ expectations.
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