On 20 May, at 2015 IMEX in Frankfurt, INCON announced ICCA member Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre as the overall winner of the 2015 INCON Digital Infrastructure Award.
After darmstadtium was announced as a winner of the first edition of this award last year, an ICCA member venue wins the award again.
Now in its second year, the INCON Digital Infrastructure Award rests on a simple principle that meetings are better when a first class digital infrastructure is made available along with applications and tools that enhance the delegate productivity and experience.
Presenting the award, Roslyn McLeod, INCON co-chair said, “We are delighted that Melbourne has won this year’s award they were by far our strongest entry. We hope that other venues will follow suit and lift the quality of digital infrastructure across the whole industry”.
“In today’s world, the quality of the digital infrastructure and support tools a venue provides can make or break an event, not to mention just providing a positive experience for the delegates who just want to stay connected,” said Bob Heile, the award judge. “Effectively managing large numbers of connected devices greatly improves the effectiveness of an event and delegate satisfaction. It is hard work but results in huge dividends. By recognizing Melbourne as industry leaders we hope to inspire others to make similar investments in their digital infrastructure.”
Daniel Branik, Arinex general manager who also sits on the INCON Judging panel, remarked, “The cloud is pushing many services from onsite to online, putting additional pressure on venues and their digital infrastructure. It is important for venues to keep up with these trends providing sufficient bandwidth and infrastructure. INCON Digital Infrastructure Award recognizes those that do that the best.”
ICCA CEO Martin Sirk stated, “The venue members of ICCA are the top specialists for international association meetings for whom Wi-Fi and digital infrastructure are critical issues, so we are delighted to see our members’ expertise being recognized by the top PCO’s of INCON.”
Convention centers and hotel venues interested in nominating their venue for the 2016 award will be able to do so from Sept. 1. More information about the award is available on www.incon-pco.com/award.