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Smart Venue

The Gallery Rooms, ExCeL London
2:00 – 8:00

The Summit

Venue tech, like all other technology, is evolving exponentially. Leading edge implementations today could be obsolete tomorrow. How do you future-proof your investment? What are the must-haves and what are the gimmicks?

The Smart Venue Summit is an afternoon session full of content and discussion opportunities, dedicated to bringing professional peers from venues of all shapes and sizes together, in order to inform understanding of advancements and learn from those with first-hand experience.

Spaces are limited and early booking is highly recommended. Book now!


Who should attend?

Operations, Infrastructure and IT Managers and Directors from leading venues across the UK and Europe.



More details coming soon!


Ian Stickland
Charcoal Blue

Ian is a partner at Charcoalblue, a world-leading theatre, acoustic and digital consultancy. Following several years working in theatre, live music and recording studios, he joined Charcoalblue in 2009 and has since contributed to many major capital projects all over the world.  He advises on all aspects of project leadership, auditorium design, acoustics and technical systems for performance and production.

In 2015, Ian established the Charcoalblue digital design strand which he continues to lead.  This work specialises in combining technology and theatricality to create unique spaces for the performing arts, events spaces, workplaces and broadcast studios and beyond.  He has a specific interest in how the digital connected world can interact with the built environment to form a cohesive and collective audience experience.

Pim Schoonderwoerd
RAI Amsterdam

Pim Schoonderwoerd is IT Product Manager at RAI Amsterdam. Pim has worked for over 15 years in the event industry with a strong focus on IT products and services that organizers need for a successful event.

Steve Mackenzie

Steve is the President at EventBooking, the world’s very first cloud-based venue management and booking software company. He has almost 35 years of experience within the Hospitality and Events industry, 25 of which have been focused on event technology. Originally from New Zealand, he also lived in Australia for 18 years before moving to the States in 2004.

Before joining EventBooking, Steve worked in senior management roles with other event tech companies such as Micros, Ungerboeck, ASP Events and etouches, and has experience serving the world’s most iconic convention centres, stadiums, arenas and performing art centres.

A graduate of the US Venue Management School (VMS), and an instructor at the VMS in Australia and the United States, Steve has spoken at conferences in over 20 countries about trends in event technology.

Ed Tranter
73 Media

Ed held a series of senior management roles across Miller Freeman, Centaur and Informa before joining Findlay in 2008. As a founding director of Findlay Media, Ed worked across the portfolio of print and online products, launching its award-winning exhibition business from its stable of publications in 2012. After the acquisition of Findlay by Mark Allen Group in 2013, Ed became a member of the group board and executive director of MA Business. A strong B2B publisher, but with no exhibitions business, Ed was tasked with the launch of MA Exhibitions. In less than four years, and built largely on launches and organic growth, MA Exhibitions became a multi award winning organiser, delivering 36% of the groups turnover, with events on five continents.

Ed is now a member of the AEO board and the managing director and founder of 73 Media, an events and exhibitions business and has several new events launches underway.

David Young
River Thames Events & Venue Consultancy

David has been involved with Venues / Caterers and Event Tech Companies both from an Operations and Sales perspective for the last 20 years.

David was the driving force that set up Lime Venue Portfolio (part of the Compass Group) back in 2008 and was part of the launch of the O2 and launched the Silverstone Wing back in 2011 - His expertise covers Museums, Castles, Cathedrals, Stadia venues, Concert venues, Conference spaces, Livery halls & Racing circuits.

Since 2013, David has been involved with the Technology space with NFS Technology Group and two tech start-ups - Syft App and

Martin Fullard
Mash Media

Martin Fullard is Editor at Conference News magazine and has been reporting on the conference, meetings, and business travel industry since 2016. Follow him on Twitter @MartyFullardUAE.

Mike Kershaw
Kershaw Partners

Mike Kershaw is the former Chairman of leading integrated events company The Concerto Group (now part of CH&Co) and former President of the UK Chapter of ILEA. A very experienced event professional and venue marketeer, he led Concerto through several acquisitions and the development of numerous venues across London on the way to a £45m turnover by 2012. Having recruited a new CEO in 2013, Mike stepped down in 2015 and set up Kershaw Partners to bring his extensive experience to bear on emerging event companies and venues.

In 2015 he was appointed non-executive Chairman of AOK Events Group and and has been a senior advisor to leading caterers Smart Group and Caper & Berry, mobile pub company Pubs on Wheels, marketing agency Air Social and event tech companies Syft,, Tapfuse and Simpli-Fi.

Gary Exall

Gary Exall is Managing Director at Simpli-Fi Limited and Operations Director of Trusol Limited. He co-founded Simpli-Fi in 2009 to provide WiFi ‘as a service’ across the venues, live events, construction, leisure and education sectors. Gary has been providing tech consultancy for venues and live events for the past 15 years through both businesses Trusol and Simpli-Fi.

Gary advises clients such as GLL who operate approximately 350 venues across the UK with sporting venues such as the Copper Box Arena and the London Aquatic centre Olympic Park in the portfolio.

“We realise the growing need for connectivity with technologies such as live streaming, event apps, VR & AR being the driving force however there is still a huge amount of work to be done to educate and push the venues infrastructures forward in order to support these technologies”

Caleb Parker

Caleb Parker is an American entrepreneur in London.

He's a founder, director, advisor, investor and consultant, with a keen focus on innovation and technology, and interests in the MICE market, sharing economy, and future of work. He currently serves as: TV Show Host of The Future in 15, Founder & CEO for Bold, Board Member for Select Event Solutions, Tech Chair for HBAA, and advisor to multiple startups.

He is the former CEO of (2013-2016), the world's largest online marketplace (at the time of his exit) to search, book and pay instantly for meeting rooms in over 130 countries. Prior to joining, Caleb co-founded a technology startup in 2012 to create the first global distribution system for on-demand office & meeting space.

Ade Allenby
Reed Exhibitions

Ade Allenby, Global Head of Digital and Data Innovation, Reed Exhibitions

Ade works for Reed Exhibitions which a global leader in organising events across B2B and B2C market segments. He is part of a Global team of digital experts at Reed Exhibitions that shape the digital roadmap for the company. Ade is responsible for discovering and testing new digital products.


What does a smart venue look like?

2:00 - 2:40

RAI Amsterdam

Leading edge network and software solutions, powerful connectivity, super fast data traffic, state of the art AV provision, interactive digital signage, e-posters, webcasting, LED walls.
In bridging the face to face and virtual dimensions of meetings, Pim has worked at the coalface of venue technology for over 15 years optimising organiser, exhibitor and delegate experiences at the RAI Amsterdam.
What lessons has he learned? What are the fundamentals? What innovation lies in the next decade? Where is the sensible place to invest?

2020 Vision - Are you seeing venue technology trends clearly?

2:40 - 3:20


2020 is just around the around the corner, and there are a LOT of technologies that venue managers should know about. The attendees at our venues are demanding more and more from their experience, so how can we provide them with this?

Venue Wifi - The state of the nation

3:20 - 4:00

GARY EXALL - Simpli-Fi
MIKE KERSHAW - Kershaw Partners

The state of the nation. In their London venue wifi report, Glisser review the good, bad and ugly of Venue wifi. How would your venue rank? What are the benchmarks? What will the introduction of 5G mean for venues? Are you ready?

The event spaces of the future

4:20 - 5:00

Charcoal Blue

Unless event spaces adapt in line with technological advances, they will lose relevance. Drawing from experience on a selection of the major projects Charcoalblue has worked on, for clients including Facebook, BAFTA and the Royal National Theatre, Ian will discuss the evolution of the auditorium form and how technology has supported this (or otherwise), identifying and assessing the value of technologies such as VR/AR, smart buildings, bring your own device, AI etc.

Q&A – The organiser wishlist

5:00 - 5:40

ED TRANTER - 73 Media
ADE ALLENBY - Reed Exhibitions

Q&A session with global conference and exhibition organisers. Where are the priorities? What are the greatest frustrations onsite? How can the right venue technology impact the visitor, exhibitor and organiser experience pre, during and post event?


Delegate cost is £220 per head.
Free of charge for up to 2 delegates for venues exhibiting at International Confex.
For further information please contact Alice Kinchington: