SAACI 2018 Congress
The Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI) hosted their 2018 Congress at Misty Hills in Muldersdrift, Gauteng, and Ripcord Promotions was the appointed Professional Conference Organiser. The theme of the congress was “It takes a Village...” and all the activities of the event were designed to reflect that – how each of us is affected by those around us.
The annual congress is intended to showcase new developments in the industry, and give members an opportunity to see how to do things differently. Two new trends were successfully demonstrated: livestreaming a speaker, who was in her office in America, to participate in a discussion, and the other was running two separate streams in the same conference room, where delegates were supplied with headsets, and tuned into the channel of the presenter whose session they wanted to participate in.
A lot of emphasis was placed on sustainability and doing as little harm as possible to the environment. Minimal printing was done, delegates were asked to bring their own conference bags, a Sustainability Village hosted manufacturers who run job-creating projects in a township, using recycled material, and there was even a bike where delegates could make their own smoothies through pedal power! Delegates were also able to dispose of garbage placed in the appropriate bins, equipped with hoops and prizes for accuracy.
The take home value was immense, and delegates left feeling that they had experienced usable new initiatives.