MPI Plans Innovative Elements for World Education Congress

Harrah Waterfront Conference Center

(Pictured) Harrah's Waterfront Conference Center

Meeting Professionals International is incorporating new elements for its World Education Congress, which will take place June 11-14 in Atlantic City. Among the additions is an innovative general session design featuring active audience participation.

Many of the changes are taken from the Danish concept called Meetovation, which MPI used at its European Meetings & Events Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, in February. Some are precipitated by the WEC's venue, Harrah's Atlantic City's new Waterfront Conference Center, which has two 50,000-square-foot pillarless ballrooms but won't be able to fit all of MPI's attendees in one room.

About 3,000 people attended the WEC in San Francisco in August 2015, and a similar number is expected in Atlantic City. The general session space will offer four stages, plus new visual components and mixed seating. General sessions will be live-streamed for viewing in the MarketSquare.

"Caesars is being very proactive and giving us different ways to deliver meals and do the general sessions," Paul Van Deventer, MPI president and CEO, told M&C in February. The WEC originally was planned for Philadelphia this year, but when the city was chosen for the Democratic National Convention, officials from Philly, MPI and Atlantic City worked hard to put everything in place for the event at the New Jersey destination.