The 15 Most Innovative Meetings 2014

The conferences, conventions, trade shows, and meetings in North America proving the value—and advantage of—face-to-face gatherings in a digitally driven world.

By Mitra Sorrells & Martha C. White December 9, 2014, 4:00 AM EST

Photo: Jimmy Hamelin

It’s an interesting paradox: people and companies are becoming more and more reliant on technology to communicate with one another and conduct business, yet face-to-face events such as conferences, trade shows, conventions, and meetings are thriving as people recognize the exclusive opportunities they provide for networking and engagement. Our annual list of the most innovative meetings includes many that have been around for years and yet continue to find new, interesting ways to be relevant to their attendees and others that are relatively new and challenging the status quo.

1. C2 Montréal

2. Dreamforce

3. Sapphire Now

4. Summit Outside

5. Cisco Live

6. TED/TEDActive

7. PTTOW Summit

8. Social Media Marketing World

9. Microsoft Convergence

10. P.G.A. Merchandise Show

11. Clinton Global Initiative

12. National Restaurant Association Show

13. McDonald's Worldwide Convention

14. Aspen Ideas Festival

15. Sweets & Snacks Expo

Last year's list.

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