Monthly Archive: January 2011


The Face of Innovation from the East

You may recall in our four part article on MegaTrends and their impact on associations we featured the notion of “frugal innovation” from India.  One example was the new handheld, battery powered ECG machine that has reshaped radically how doctors can treat patients far from the cities in India.  Here is a new GE commercial that features it.

Here is a HBR article that discusses “frugal innovation” or as GE calls it “reverse innovation” for those who wish to learn more.

And here is one of the authors discussing frugal innovation with the Economist recently.


MCI to Host International Meeting Planners at IMEX’11 in Frankfurt

The world’s leading international meetings marketplace is bigger and better than ever, and MCI is inviting you to attend as our guest.

Every year record numbers of international meeting planners find the answers at IMEX, the essential worldwide exhibition for meetings and incentive travel – featuring IMEX Association Day & Evening, dedicated education and networking for forward-thinking association executives.

IMEX 2011 is May 24-26 in Frankfurt, Germany.

Year over year IMEX breaks records, and 2010 was no exception.  Hosted buyers attending the Frankfurt event placed orders of USD 450 million with exhibitors during the exhibition and were expected to place over USD 2.2 billion of business with IMEX exhibitors in the 12 months following the show. You can find a full review of the 2010 IMEX exhibition here.

  • 3500 Exhibitors from 157 countries – biggest ever
  • 3779 Hosted buyers from 60 countries – biggest ever
  • 8902 Total industry visitors from 97 countries – biggest ever

For serious international meeting professionals, IMEX should be on your calendar.  And in 2011, MCI would like to extend an invitation to its US-based association colleagues to attend this year as our guest!

We invite you to apply for the IMEX association hosted buyer program which includes attendance at IMEX 2011 and IMEX Association Day and Evening on Monday 23 May, the day before the exhibition opens in Frankfurt.

Please follow this link to apply online to attend as MCI’s guestIMEX 2011 Hosted Buyer Program .

The IMEX Association Day and Evening program along with the IMEX exhibition is complimentary and includes:

  • Economy flights or first class train travel from selected destinations
  • 4/5 star accommodation in Frankfurt
  • Transfers airport-hotel-exhibition
  • Exclusive association education program and networking
  • Hosted Buyer Lounge access
  • Fast-track access to the show
  • Dedicated IMEX support team
  • Efficient online IMEX appointments system

Find out more about quality of IMEX education by browsing the 2010 archived content.

Gain access to 3,500 exhibitors from over 150 countries, new and exciting destinations and services, and free education.

Attending IMEX 2011 and IMEX Association Day will be the best decision you make this year.  Apply today!

To qualify for the hosted buyer program you must be responsible for planning, organizing, recommending or making financial decisions for events outside your home country.

Most people will attend from May 23-27 in order to attend Association Day and the exhibition, but for those would like to attend the exhibition only that is possible.  The exhibition runs from Tuesday 25 to Thursday 27 May.   Please state your travel preferences during the registration process.

If you have questions, please contact Theresa DeConinck, at [email protected] .