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Forum for Young Professionals 2009 – A Great Success!

20 young industry professionals from 15 different countries gathered in Barcelona for the ICCA / EIBTM Forum for Young Professionals 2009, which took place at the Catalonia Ramblas Hotel prior to EIBTM. Feedback received to date suggests it was a great success!

Elizabeth Rich from Agenda Pty Ltd., Australia, led the forum which took place over 3 days. It was packed full of debates, discussions, lectures and a group challenge which required the delegates to come up with a great bid for a conference, incorporating what they had learned during the forum.
This year the FYPers also had educational seminars from Corbin Ball (with his regular IT trends session), Rob Davidson (a sneak preview of his meetings trends report), and Vanessa Cotton (with an interesting discussion on Generation Y and what they wanted from trade shows). 
The intensive event ended on Tuesday with the 4 teams presenting their group project to a panel of 3 judges, who posed as the organising committee of a fictitious technology society. Each team came up with some very creative ideas for their event, which made the judging very difficult, but after much discussion amongst the judges the yellow Team won. This was announced during the award ceremony, held at EIBTM. The winning team received a complimentary registration for the 49th ICCA Congress in Hyderabad, India from 23-27 October 2010. Congratulations again to the winning team:
- Frédérique Lefebvre, European Wind Energy Association - EWEA, Belgium
- Arvin Singh, MCI (INCON Group), The Netherlands
- Bethany Teulan, Business Events Sydney, Australia
- Hemant K. Tripathi, Creative Travel Pvt. Ltd., India
- Susan Weeks, Marketing Manchester, United Kingdom
It wasn’t all work though. The social programme included a city tour of Barcelona upon arrival, giving the participants time to network and meet their peers, and a tapas tour on Sunday evening, where the FYPers visited traditional Spanish tapas bars to sample the local cuisine.
The Forum for Young Professionals 2010 will take place from 27-30 November. Registration for the Forum will start at the end of February. To apply for the forum you must be 30 years of age or under, work full time in the events business, work for an ICCA member or qualify as an EIBTM Hosted Buyer, and submit an essay on one of a selection of proposed topics. For more information please visit: or contact Jill Frazer.