M&C Hot Ideas

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History's Greatest Hits

by Barbara Peterson | February 17,2017
This virtual-reality app recreates historical events where they took place.
Budget

Spreading Blooms

These flowers fill space and save dollars.
Business Travel

Weigh to Go

Avoid surprise baggage fees with this handy device.

Your New Wardrobe Essential

Survive any trip in style with this lightweight travel dress.
Career

Web University

These free online classes can help you move up the ladder.

Smart Sounds

Let the power of music refocus your attention.
Charity

Lifting Spirits

This team-building activity delivers smiles to sick children.

Cultivating Team Spirit

Celebrating spring (2 of 5): This group activity beautifies neighborhoods.
Corporate Social Responsibility

Gift of Giving

This five-minute CSR program makes attendee participation convenient.

VIDEO: Take Paws

This creative meeting break will have attendees barking for more.
Decor

Blameless Flames

Try this easy way to add warmth to a room.

Go Green

The color of the year is a soothing, leafy hue.
Entertainment

Loud and Clear

This portable speaker jazzes up any event.

These Tables Have Real Legs

Colorful strolling servers will give your guests something to talk about.
Food and Beverage

Put These on Your Fish List

Here's how to serve a sustainable species at your next event.

Bacon Donuts! Need We Say More?

Wake up your morning spread with this smoky-and-sweet treat.
Gifts

The Hottest Gloves Ever

Attendees will appreciate these toasty mittens for cold-weather activities.

Watch Like No One Else Is Watching

This video headset delivers big-screen entertainment to your personal space.
Green Meetings

Put These on Your Fish List

Here's how to serve a sustainable species at your next event.

P.C. Picnics

Sustainable party supplies are a smart alternative for catering needs.
Guest Meetings

Family Affairs

Does your summertime conference meet with chronically low attendance? Next year, try this.
Incentives

And the Winner Is…

These one-of-a-kind experiences make singular rewards.

Tailored Incentive

This reward will "suit" your winners.
Negotiation

How Convenient: Half-Day Room Rates

Book a hotel room for just a morning or afternoon.

Easy Find

Book a boardroom at the last minute with this Expedia of event spaces.
Networking

Savvy Scanner

This time-saving app is great for trade shows and networking events.
Programming

History's Greatest Hits

This virtual-reality app recreates historical events where they took place.

How to Boogie the Classy Way

Waltz instruction is a team-building activity with a different beat.
Social Networking

Brighter Snaps

This app makes dim, blurry low-light photos a thing of the past.

Silent Disco

Keep the volume low but the energy high with this hot party trend.
Speakers

Star Sessions

This firm brings top-name celebrities to your events.

App Class

Help attendees break down the tech barrier with this savvy speaker.
Special Events

Must-Have App for Wine Lovers

This free tool lets you book wine-themed events around the world.  

Star Sessions

This firm brings top-name celebrities to your events.
Staffing

Hop to It

Is D-Day for your event nearing? Hire extra hands to help tackle your to-do list.
Team Building

Recipes for Team Building

This activity uses food to bring people together.

Literal Team Building

This group activity leads to a "towering" achievement.
Technology

Any USB Port in a Storm

This router goes everywhere and packs a lot into a tiny size.

Picture Perfect

This tiny photo printer works right off your phone.
Theme

Pop-Up French Market

Transport your attendees with this chic continental theme.

When Cold Becomes Cool

This icy theme can perk up a midwinter meeting.
Third Parties

Temporary Tattoos

Attendees will enjoy wearing these funky washable ink "photos."
Trade Shows

These Giveaways Are for Suckers

Delectable candy "pops" make great event swag.

The Sound of Silence

Attendees will appreciate a quiet respite from the meeting room or show floor.
Transportation

Hail a Tesla

Had your fill of gas-guzzling ground transportation? Try this service between three popular destinations.

Uber for Groups

Give attendees a ticket to ride with this special promotion.
Travel

These Socks Are Made for Walking

This fashionable footwear is good for feet and legs, too.

Child-Friendly State Guides

Bringing the family to your meeting? These books will spark kids' excitement.

Features

How Young Planners Are Revitalizing the Meetings Industry

Here are 15 young professionals who are bringing fresh energy, boundless talent and unique perspectives to the world of meetings and events.

Destination Marketing on the Cutting Edge

Here's how some enterprising DMOs are tailoring their outreach to attract younger meeting professionals and the business they wield.

Top 10 Meetings Innovations

Our third annual edition of this special report finds a fresh crop of significant concepts and tools beginning to make waves in the meetings industry.

New Hotels Opening in 2017

Here are the details of exciting new hotels opening this year from Seattle, Wash., to Clearwater Beach, Fla.

Research

M&C Research Extra: Young Planners Share Ambitions; Others Note Pros/Cons of Working With Newbies

Millennials value work/life balance and professional advancement.

What Do Millennials Bring to the Meetings Industry?

This M&C poll looks at multigenerational job plans and priorities.

30 Seconds to Smart: Planners' Favorite Cost-Cutting Tips (Video)

We asked planners how they save money on meetings and events.

30 Seconds to Smart: Planners' Professional Creativity, Negotiating Skills (Video)

We asked planners how they rate their own creativity and negotiating skills.