5 things we learned letting the AHIF community scribble on our fancy media wall

The events industry doesn’t just need innovation, it craves it.  Our clients, both delegates and sponsors, demand new and interesting ways to engage with the stage content and each other.  As the organisers, we live for the infinite feedback loop that steers how we serve our community.

A moment at AHIF 2016 really changed the way we think about this.

Soon after Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson stepped off stage, Bench Events Chairman, Jonathan Worsley, grabbed a nearby permanent marker invited him and others to sign our media wall.  One signature led to another and eventually every speaker coming off stage was reaching for the pen.  Here are a few select images that made our day and what we learned in the process.

1 - Even the biggest CEOs took part

One of the first executives to kick start signing the media wall was Marriott’s President and CEO, Arne Sorenson.  We loved how even our most established industry players were up for trying something quirky.

2 - Our attendees are getting more socially savvy

The Rwanda Development Board reminded us that #RemarkableRwanda and #AHIF2016 were the official conference hashtags.  Click them to see what was said on Twitter.

3 - Participants loved to “claim” their company’s space on the media wall

Executives from major brands all gravitated to signing the area near their logos.  Makes sense as the best executives know how to stay “on-brand”.

…or in the case of JLL’s Vice President, Mark Dunford, he just added his company name in there.

4 - Our attendees love to “aim for the top”, especially when signing…

5 - It was a phenomenal way to get direct feedback as signatures turned into comments

“Loved being here - until next time”

“This conference is the BEST”

“Fantastic event”

And finally, here are some final snaps of the full wall after 3 days of AHIF and AviaDev

A special thank you to everyone that took the time to sign our media wall.  To see all the pictures, including more of the wall, please visit the official AHIF 2016 Flickr gallery.