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Laptop Case/Organizer

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | July 31,2015
This top-of-the-line laptop/tablet carryall makes an elegant gift for top performers.
Budget

Spreading Blooms

These flowers fill space and save dollars.
Business Travel

Laptop Case/Organizer

This top-of-the-line laptop/tablet carryall makes an elegant gift for top performers.

Top-of-the-Line Carry-On

This suitcase is the ultimate reward for top performers on the go.
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

Gifts for a Cause

These monthly gifts satisfy in two ways.

Interactive Giving

Give donors a say in what charity to support.
Corporate Social Responsibility

VIDEO: Beachy Clean

This activity combines beach time with giving back.

Parks and Reforestation

This group activity leaves forests looking better than before.
Decor

White-Petal Wonder

Opt for the crisp, clean look of monochrome centerpieces.

Splashy Hashtag

Borrow this clever trick to promote social media at your event.
Entertainment

VIDEO: Groovy Green Screen

This new technology will have attendees dancing in their seats.

Food Truck Rodeo

Highlight local eats with a street-food themed event.
Food and Beverage

Champagne on a Stick

Raise your Popsicle in a toast.

Retro Trays

These eco-friendly dishes are a throwback to cafeteria days.
Gifts

Laptop Case/Organizer

This top-of-the-line laptop/tablet carryall makes an elegant gift for top performers.

Exit the Yacht, Grab the Bag

This sailcloth bag is the perfect complement to a nautical activity.
Green Meetings

Calculate Your Carbon Emission

Use this free tool to estimate an event’s carbon impact.

Sustainable Flower Finder

Use this website to source florists who work with U.S.-grown blooms.
Guest Meetings

Family Affairs

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

Chatty Caddies

Here's a new way to motivate or reward your golf-loving group.

Rank and Recognition

These handcrafted awards double as works of art.  
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

Team-Build With Brands

Reinforce a theme or brand with custom party and game props.

Trampoline Time

This activity will keep attendees jumping.
Social Networking

Silent Disco

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

Splashy Hashtag

Borrow this clever trick to promote social media at your event.
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

Star Sessions

This firm brings top-name celebrities to your events.

Farm and Fork

Bring the outside in with this green event theme.
Staffing

Hop to It

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

VIDEO: This Contest Runs Hot and Cold

Attendees vie to make s'mores in a fire pit.

Canned Challenge

Here's how one company turned food donations into a team-building event.
Technology

Screen Gem

This tiny projector has big capabilities.

Virtual Graffiti Wall

This interactive screen is a great ice-breaker.
Theme

Hunger Games for Groups

This popular movie theme elevates the traditional obstacle-course experience.

VIDEO: What's the Password?

Check out the detailed décor on this Prohibition-era speakeasy-themed event.
Third Parties

Temporary Tattoos

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

Payment App

App Happy (1 of 3): Use this app to collect payments anytime, anywhere. 

Fully Charged

Appease sponsors and attendees with this sure-to-be-popular kiosk.
Transportation

Are We There Yet?

In-transit attendees will love this special perk.

Pool Pitch

Meet Green (Part 4 of 5): Cut down on transportation with carpooling.
Travel

Smart Toothbrush

This gift will help recipients keep those pearly whites gleaming.

Travel-Friendly Cocktail Kit

Here's a new-fangled take on old-fashioneds.

Features

2015 Meeting Spend Survey

M&C's first in-depth survey on how meeting budgets are set, destination decisions made, deals negotiated and dollars allocated.

Youth and the Future of Associations

Strategies for getting young professionals involved, earning their loyalty and rewarding their efforts.

7 Fresh Sponsorship Ideas

How organizers are using these remote-controlled marvels -- and some caveats and cautions to consider.

Game of Drones

How organizers are using these remote-controlled marvels -- and some caveats and cautions to consider.

Research

What Work/Life Balance?

M&C's latest poll covers the work/life balance (hint: It's out of whack).

Planners Confirm: Downtime Is a Myth

Planners' verbatim answers to M&C's June 2015 Research.

Where Do Hotels Go Wrong?

Planners sound off about how satisfied they are with their host hotels.

Planners to Hoteliers: Here's What You Could Do Better

Verbatim comments from Meetings & Conventions' hotels survey.
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