Meeting and event planners love coming to PYM LIVE Events for three main reasons:
Education that's relevant, engaging and cutting-edge.
To forge meaningful relationships with vendors and each other.
Research destinations, hotels and other meeting-related services.
But don't take our word for it, watch this video and see why meeting and event planners across the country recommend you attend this event.
If you are a meeting planner responsible for site selection who has at least one upcoming meeting to place, your admission to this event is free of charge, compliments of our host, JW Marriott Houston Downtown. You can read more about the event by reading the FAQ below and looking at our agenda, exhibitor and sponsor pages.
If you are unable to get out of the office, but still would like to join our online community for this event so you can schedule 1-on-1 meetings with our exhibitors and sponsors while they're in town, click here.
If you are a meeting industry supplier, you can register for this and other PYM LIVE Events here.
Do you like playing with new meeting technology?
At PYM LIVE, you'll have the chance to play with cutting-edge technology first-hand. Here's what you'll have access to before, during and after the event.
Topi is powering this event website, our registration, conference app and interactive beacons off one central dashboard.
Exercise Bytes are short video fitness breaks that don't depend on the Internet. There's a whole new series that's been released this year. You'll get the chance to experience one onsite.
Catchbox is a throwable mic we'll use at the event for interactive Q&As.
PYM+ is an app that turns your phone into an augmented reality scanner. You can use it to unlock hidden content in issues of PYM as well as your PYM LIVE show programs.
Google Glass is a wearable computer. We use this device on-site in multiple ways to execute the event. We'll explain how on-site.
Why is the show called "Sites & Bites"?
Because this half-day format is focused on making it easy for active planners to do site-selection research and receive bite-sized education on topics in formal (educational session) and experiential (design formats, hands-on technology play) ways.
Why is there a preference given for people actively making site selection decisions?
At PYM LIVE, a large section of the show is dedicated to 1-on-1 meetings between meeting planners and sales reps from local and national hotels, convention and visitors bureaus and other industry service providers. Of course we're offering high-caliber education that others may benefit from, but because the speed meetings are a large part of the format, we want to be upfront about the business aspects of this event.
How many exhibitors will I meet during the show?
You'll meet everyone there during two segments of our speed-meeting site selection rotations. The goal is not to try and learn everything you can, it's to simply get to meet everyone and see if there's a match or some synergy there. After all, you never know who you may need for a meeting next month or where their next job may leave them. We've found that speed-meetings are the most effective way to break down the stodgy transaction-based relationship that springs up between planners and suppliers and replace it with a more humane, fun way to network and gather info. To learn more about making the most of this alternative trade-show format, watch this video.
I wish I could attend, but I can't get out of the office for the event. Is there some way I can make appointments with your exhibitors?
Yes! Contact Claudia Madigan and let her know which exhibitors you'd like to meet. You can find a whole list on the "Exhibitors" page of this site (link's at top of page). They tend to come in a few days early or linger a few days afterwards to make sales calls and would love to meet more PYM planners.
Can I get CMP-IS, CAP-OM or CSEP credit hours for the education?
Yes. PYM LIVE Events are ISES Approved, which means you can apply points to your application for attending. Our education is aligned to the CMP International Standards. So, where applicable, we mention which strategic domain and how many clock hours each session is worth. Select sessions have also been submitted to IAAP for CAP-OM point assignments. Certificates of attendance may be downloaded from the event app onsite; a copy also will be emailed to you post event.
Is my registration/ticket transferable?
If you are unable to attend the event and would like to gift your ticket to another meeting planner, call Claudia Madigan at 678-837-4027.
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