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 The learning and knowledge that we have, is, at the most, but little compared with that of which we are ignorant
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Bidding and Site Inspections

There is no doubt about the value of a sound plan and a good start in organizing events. In Day 1 two vital components of Business Development will be examined and discussed: Bidding and Site Inspections

“Well begun is half done” (Aristotle)

DIVANI CARAVEL HOTEL
09:00 – 10:00 Arrival & Registration
10:00 – 10:30 Coffee & Networking Break
10:30 – 10:35 Welcome to Athens
Alexios Galinos
10:35 – 10:50 Setting the Scene
André Vietor
10:50 – 11:20
Introduction – Getting to know each other
André Vietor, Nicola McGrane, Keith Burton
11:20 – 12:00
Bidding: The PCO Perspective – Case Studies
Nicola McGrane
12:00 – 12:05 Q&A
12:05 – 12:45 Bidding: The Convention Bureau Perspective – Case Studies
Alexios Galinos
12:45 – 12:50 Q&A
12:50 – 13:05
Top Tips on Bidding
André Vietor
13:05 – 14:05 Lunch
14:05 – 14:20 Introduction to Working Groups
Keith Burton
14:20 – 15:05 Working Groups
15:05 – 15:50 Feedback & Presentations of Working Groups
15:50 – 16:20 Coffee & Networking Break
16:20 – 17:05
The Power of the Site Inspection
André Vietor, Nicola McGrane
 17:05 – 17:15 Q&A
 19:00 Welcome Reception
Museum of Cycladic Art*
 * Please meet us at 18:30 in the lobby of Divani Caravel Hotel    

Project Management

Day 2 sessions will touch on Managing Time and Stress during Project Planning, Marketing your Events in digital terms, Handling Numbers (aka Budgeting!) and Engaging your Delegates – the essence of a successful event. And let’s keep in mind what Aristotle said: “Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work”.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit” (Aristotle)

DIVANI CARAVEL HOTEL
 07:30 – 08:30 Optional breathing hour*
  * Please meet us in the lobby of Divani Caravel Hotel  
08:30 – 09:15 “Nothing in the affairs of men is worthy of great anxiety” (Plato): Time & Stress Management
Nicola McGrane
 09:15 – 10:00 Project Planning in the 5th most stressful job in the world 
Keith Burton
10:00 – 10:20 Group Work
10:20 – 10:40 Idea Sharing
10:40 – 11:15 Coffee & Networking Break  
11:15 – 12:00
“Change in all things is sweet” (Aristotle): Event Marketing in the Digital Era
André Vietor, Giorgos Papastamatiou
12:00 – 12:10 Q&A
12:10 – 12:55
Budgeting in Plato's terms: “A good decision is based on Knowledge and not on numbers”
Keith Burton
12:55 – 13:00 Q&A
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch (Hilton Athens Hotel) 
14:30 – 15:15 Engaging the Delegate
Nicola McGrane
15:15 – 15:20 Q&A
15:20 – 16:05 Introduction to Working Groups    
André Vietor
16:05 – 16:35 Coffee & Networking Break
16:35 – 17:20
Feedback & Presentations of Working Groups
17:20 – 17:30
Key Learnings of the Day 
19:00 Festive Dinner
King George Hotel**
** Please meet us at 18:30 in the lobby of Divani Caravel Hotel.
After the festive dinner we will feel the vibes of Athenian nightlife in a nearby bar! (first round on the Organisers – additional drinks to be paid individually by each participant). 


Sponsorship & Future Trends

On the third and concluding day of IAPCO EDGE Athens we will examine how the Event Business can flourish. In this context our speakers will share their knowledge, experience and insights on the hot topic of Sponsorship. They will also guide us in exploring the evolving role of the PCO and DMO as this is determined (or affected) by future trends in the events industry.

“If a man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it“ (Socrates)

ACROPOLIS MUSEUM
07:45 Departure from Divani Caravel*   * Please meet us in the lobby of Divani Caravel Hotel 
08:00 – 09:30
Guided Tour (Acropolis Museum) & Panel Discussion
09:30 – 10:15 “The greatest wealth of all is to live content with little” (Plato): Putting the Spotlight on Sponsorship
Nicola McGrane, Keith Burton, Marie-Claire Pickaert
10:15 – 10:30 Q&A
10:30 – 11:00 “There is nothing permanent except change” (Heraclitus): The Evolving Role of the PCO & DMCs - Future Trends
André Vietor
11:00 – 11:15 Discussion & Feedback
11:15
Departure from Acropolis Museum to Divani Caravel Hotel
DIVANI CARAVEL HOTEL
11:45 – 12:00 Coffee & Networking Break
12:00 – 12:40
Create waves of change to bring an ocean of opportunities
Nikolaos Kaklamanakis
12:40 – 12:50
Q&A
12:50 – 13:25
Tree of Knowledge – Feedback session
13:25
Lunch & Farewell