Welcome to PlanetIMEX

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Launching tomorrow, the IMEX team has created a brand-new virtual experience, PlanetIMEX, which will run for several months.

This new virtual experience, known as PlanetIMEX, has been designed as a destination and will feature 3D, interactive islands—A beach-themed Community Island; A forest-inspired Education Island; and a Networking Island characterized by canyons, mountains and valleys—each created using principles borrowed from the world of online gaming.

Visitors to PlanetIMEX will be granted unlimited, free access.

The intention is to allow visitors to explore, reconnect, talk future business and continue learning, says Carina Bauer, IMEX Group CEO, “PlanetIMEX is a fresh and original concept with a visual charm that pays tribute to the exhibitors who always make our shows look so appealing. We’ve combined education, community and business introductions with well-being, including some old favorites, such as #imexstillrunning. All of this takes place in a new, magical place.”

The Schedule

May 6: Community Island and Education Island open to industry visitors.

May 11: Educational programming starts, with a day of education and interactive content, starting with a keynote by Guy Bigwood, managing director of the global Destination Sustainability Index. Bigwood is also the lead on the IMEX Nature Talking Point research, supported exclusively by Marriott International, and set to be launched later this year.

May 12: IMEX Community Day, with content delivered by a range of IMEX’s association and other partners. It will also include the IMEX-MPI Future Leaders Forum.

May 14: IMEX Introductions will encourage industry buyers and suppliers to explore potential new business relationships and spark up one-to-one conversations.

May 18: PlanetIMEX will provide specialist content aimed at specific buyer communities, including a new interpretation of Exclusively Corporate, the Agency Directors Forum and Association Focus.

Over time, the IMEX Group plans to expand the content, programs and engagement opportunities on PlanetIMEX. Access is free although registration is required for both education content and IMEX Introductions.

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Barbara Scofidio is Editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In her 30 years in the industry, she has become known for her passion around greening meetings, growing awareness of human trafficking and promoting CSR activities as part of business events. She is currently a member of SITE's Women IN Leadership committee and the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee. She was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of SITE for 30 years, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. Before joining Prevue in 2014, she served as Editor of Corporate Meetings & Incentives (MeetingsNet) for more than 20 years. She has a BA in Literature/Rhetoric from Binghamton University. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.