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challengepic001At the 2016 EventsAir User Conference held August 16-17 in Sydney Australia, 15 teams of experienced meeting planners faced off in the annual EventsAir Meeting Planner Challenge.

The aim of the challenge is to combine lessons learned at the conference and to reinforce participants’ knowledge of the capabilities of the system. The challenge was to simulate the time pressures today’s meeting planners face, with participants tasked to complete as much as they could of sixty six separate assigned tasks.

Limited to two workstations, each team used their event planning skills (including their knowledge of EventsAir) to build and publish a complete event from scratch.

The assigned tasks included creating and collecting numerous registration, function and housing details in a responsive online form designed to work on smartphones, tablets and computers. A detailed name badge with QR codes and graphics was part of the mix as well as a fully detailed confirmation email.

challengepic002Additionally, each team was challenged to create a fully functional mobile app, an onsite check-in portal and even design and publish a personalized HTML based invitation that included links to register for the event.

The winning team rose to the challenge was able to power through all the assigned tasks in 34 minutes and 58 seconds.

Trevor Gardiner, CEO of Centium Software was extremely impressed with the results of the challenge.

“The challenge was better than our greatest expectations and really proved what a fantastic productivity tool EventsAir is,” Mr. Gardiner said. “It was truly amazing to see these meeting planners multi-task and take advantage of the productivity tools in EventsAir to complete the challenge.”

“This highlights what we’ve always known, that smart meeting planners are able to work far more efficiently and get more work completed in less time with the right tools.”

The winning team was:

  • Paula Armstrong, ForumPoint2
  • Sarah Cole, Waldron Smith Management
  • Simone Field, HRG Worldwide
  • Bennett Lansley, Event Travel Management
  • Nicole Robertson, ASHM
  • Natalie Stray, Conference National

EventsAir has been at the forefront of Event Technology and Innovation for over 30 years, continually pushing the boundaries of what an event management platform can do. Built by event planners for event planners, EventsAir is a secure, scalable, cloud-based solution that can manage everything from in-person, virtual to hybrid conferences, meetings and events in a single online platform – anywhere, anytime and on any device. In use in over 50 countries by multi-national corporations, professional conference organizers, government departments and tertiary education institutions, EventsAir is also used in global congresses such as G20, APEC, CHOGM and ASEAN, as well as sporting events like The Olympic Games, World Rugby, Commonwealth Games and Pan Am Games. EventsAir is trusted by event professionals around the globe. For further information, visit