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IdeaFest Overview

BizBash IdeaFest Chicago 2012 has a new slate of conference offerings designed to inspire and inform you about the latest developments in the event industry. Please select the program that best fits your needs.

The BizBash IdeaFest Conference

With something for everyone, the BizBash IdeaFest Conference allows participants to create their own experiences to best fulfill their learning needs. IdeaFest attendees can choose from three sessions as part of the A.M. Education: the BizBash Boot Camp, the Plan-a-Thon, and the Hands-On Event Design Lab, each moderated by an industry expert. The General Session and Keynote, open to all attendees, will feature Chicago's own Billy Dec, C.E.O. and founder of Rockit Ranch Productions; Noelle Provencial, Experiential Marketing & Events, Groupon; and Haley Carlson, Executive Director and Producer, Tribune Events Group. Each expert will share stories and advice on how they transformed their respective industries and events by conceptualizing, selling, promoting, marketing, and executing one-of-a-kind experiences.

The P.M. Education Sessions will offer the choices of Trends in Catering, Chicago's Top 100 Annual Events Confab, and the Plan-a-Thon Session II, where attendees will re-imagine world-renowned events like the Emmys, the Met Gala and even the Twilight premiere. The IdeaFest Conference will close with the trade show floor, featuring all the inspiration, products, and resources needed to create inspiring events, followed by the Readers' Choice Awards, where BizBash will celebrate Chicago's best.

Event Leadership Institute Masters’ Program

Do you feel your event business is stuck? Do you wonder why you can't get to the next level? In this interactive session we'll dissect what keeps most business owners from getting their companies to hit that next stage of growth, and review strategies of how successful companies grow into larger versions of themselves. The workshop will be led by Howard Givner, who founded New York event firm Paint the Town Red, steadily grew it for 20 years, and then successfully sold it to the Global Events Group, Spain's #1 event agency.

Trade Show Floor Pass

If you make magical events happen, then the BizBash IdeaFest trade show floor is the place for you to find the inspiration, knowledge, and contacts you need to rock your events all year long. From linens and lollipops, to venues, video, and more, our show floor has the leading Midwest partners and products to make your ideas reality.

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