In just three short weeks Elevate New York will return, bringing speakers, inspiring ideas, and smart tips for event and meeting professionals to the New York Law School. The one-day conference on May 27 will feature new workshops and topics for discussion—all designed to provide attendees with the tools and inspiration they need to create innovative experiences.


If you haven’t registered yet, here are just a few reasons to check out this year’s event.

1. There’s so much technology, you can’t figure out what’s right for you.
Technology’s role at live experiences is ever-evolving, and event and meeting professionals need to constantly be on their toes. If you’re still wondering if drones, R.F.I.D.s, or even virtual reality is right for your audience and how to effectively incorporate new gadgets into your next gathering, there are two workshops just for you. In the morning, FreemanXP’s David Haas will share how to deliver a mobile experience that goes beyond the app, and in the afternoon, Jeff Benish will discuss the latest technologies that should be in your toolkit right now. Plus, keynote speaker Erik Qualman will explore the five digital habits that can transform today’s live experiences.

2. You just mastered social media—and then Facebook/Twitter/Instagram made an update.
Hashtags, selfies, and memes are just a few of the ways people are communicating on social media platforms today. So how do you get your brand or organization heard above the noise? Sprinklr’s Reb Carlson will explain the key components to developing an effective social media strategy and offer tips to help you measure your return on investment.

3. You want to get creative with event design without losing the message.
Decor is more than just picking a theme and filling a room. Today, industry professionals not only need to impress an audience, but also need to create immersive experiences that clearly communicate an organization’s brand identity and message. In addition to Univision’s Samantha Newman discussing the art of storytelling, Elevate New York will include a luncheon Q&A session with renowned event designer Preston Bailey.

4. You’re looking for new ways to deliver R.O.I. to your sponsors.
The world of sponsorships and event activations can be challenging to navigate, especially when multiple partners have different expectations. In their afternoon workshop, Ny Whitaker and Yahoo’s Jessie Rubin will look at what sponsors are looking for now and how to create win-win relationships.

5. Fund-raising is one of your biggest challenges, and you need new solutions.
With thousands of galas clamoring for attention every year, cutting through the clutter and finding new ways to attract donors can be a daunting task. At her morning workshop, Monika Mraz will uncover how Unicef uses events and new technologies to keep prospects engaged––turning event attendees into active and loyal brand ambassadors.

6. You want to meet and network with others just like you.
Events and meetings are all about people and the ability to make new contacts, share best practices, and even find solutions to common problems. Elevate New York will have plenty of time for mingling and chatting, including at the luncheon and afternoon break as well as the post-conference cocktail reception.

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