The 15 Most Innovative Meetings 2013

The conferences, conventions, trade shows, and meetings in North America that are successfully experimenting with new models and formats.

By Mitra Sorrells & Martha C. White September 9, 2013, 7:30 AM EDT

Photos: Courtesy of IMTS (bike), Oscar Einzig (show floor), Tom Rostowski (compost bins), Courtesy of SAP, Steve Maller Photography (computer kiosks)

The strategy and design of conferences and conventions continues to evolve as hosts embrace new models for engagement, social media integration, pricing, and sustainability. Our list includes those from a broad range of sectors, but all share a common goal: to create an experience that provides value for attendees by addressing their needs and interests. Here’s how they are doing it.

1. McDonald's Worldwide Convention

2. TED Conference

3. Cisco Live

4. SAP's Sapphire Now

5. H.I.M.S.S. Conference

6. Further With Ford

7. Oracle OpenWorld

8. Educause Annual Conference

9. Pack Expo

10. National Automobile Dealers Association's Convention & Expo

11. International Manufacturing Technology Show

12. Hallmark Gold Crown Retail Summit

13. Dad 2.0 Summit

14. Hello Etsy

15. PS Engage

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