Cvent CONNECT Recap: The Power of Live

This year, Cvent CONNECT was bigger and better than ever. There were endless opportunities to learn, be inspired, and embrace The Power of Live.

Breaking Down the Numbers

  • 4,000+ Attendees
  • 8+ hours of classroom-style training
  • 4 Inspirational Keynotes
  • 330 Trade Show Exhibitors
  • 200+ New Cvent Celebrities
  • 2 parties we didn’t want to end
  • 1 Unforgettable Experience

Day 1: Foundations

Cvent CONNECT Registration

Thousands of professionals from the meetings and events industry gathered at The Venetian | The Palazzo Las Vegas for Day 1 of Cvent CONNECT 2018, kicking off three days of educational sessions (including our new Training Camp experience!), networking, insider info on product updates, and inspiring keynotes.

Leadership Summit

The Leadership Summit, which took place all day Monday, was full of ideas, discussion, and inspiration. Read More.

 

Cvent CONNECT Training Camp

Training Camps/Certifications -We also awarded 100 hospitality professionals and more than 300 Event Professionals with their coveted Cvent Certifications

Feature Flash Theatre

The Innovation Pavilion opened on Monday and held product demos, a feature flash theater, product help, and more.

VisitDallas Happy Hour

Happy Hour was held in the Innovation Pavilion and was sponsored by VisitDallas – complete with live music, a photo booth, make your own Frito pie, and plenty of networking.

The Kitchen at Bouchon

The Leadership Summit closed with a dining experience at Bouchon – complete with conversation, great food, and an interactive kitchen station!

Day 2: Innovation

Reggie Aggarwal Keynotes

Reggie Aggarwal, Founder & CEO of Cvent, kicked the day off with a keynote where he outlined the future of meetings and events. Read More.

Product Roadmap

The Event Cloud Product Roadmap gave us an idea of what to expect in the future and gave us a great look at Project Flex. Read More.

 

Cvent CONNECT Hospitality Cloud

The Hospitality Cloud Product Roadmap walked us through four areas of focus: user experience, tighter ecosystem, innovation, and business intelligence. Read more. 

For Dummies Books

Throughout the rest of the afternoon, attendees participated in 80+ breakout sessions, 1:1 appointments, and saw in-depth demos of Cvent solutions in the Innovation Pavilion.

Cvent CONNECT Party

The evening event was hosted by The Venetian Las Vegas.

Day 3: Connect + Celebrate

Cvent CONNECT Trade Show

The Trade Show opened on Wednesday and was our biggest one yet. We had 330 exhibitors and more than 5,800 appointments.

Former White House Director of Events Laura Schwartz gave an inspiring keynote session where she shared her secrets to networking and building powerful, effective partnerships in our companies, communities and beyond.

Cvent Excellence Award

The Cvent Excellence Awards (formerly known as The Plannies), where we honored top-performing event and hospitality professionals for their incredible success in utilizing the Cvent platform to deliver game-changing value to their organizations, was filled with excitement – and a few laughs!

We capped off the day with an evening Sponsored by Caesars Entertainment at the incredible Drai’s Beachclub & Nightclub at the Cromwell where we had an unrivaled view of the Las Vegas strip!

Day 4

Thursday was a short day packed with final sessions, time at the Innovation pavilion, and one final keynote.

Joby Ogwyn

Joby Ogwyn, High-Altitude Mountain Climber, BASE Jumper, And Wing-Suit Explorer, left us inspired with a keynote on igniting your passion, following your dreams, and getting to fly!

Conclusion

Bella Electric Strings

This year we conquered The Power of Live, tried new things, had more attendees than ever, and fostered innovation for future success. We can’t wait to see what next year has in store. Check out Cvent’s Flickr and social media channels for more photos from Cvent CONNECT 2018. Already blocking off your calendar for next year’s conference?

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Madison Layman

Written by Madison Layman

A graduate of the College of William and Mary, my passion for writing began before I could read, with a nightly verbal diary dictation transcribed by my obliging parents. Since then, my word count has hit the millions and won't stop growing anytime soon. When I'm not writing or reading, you can find me binge-watching tv shows, baking elaborate desserts, and memorizing pop culture facts.