Admission Replay: Five Big Challenges that Conferences Face for the Future


A presentation by Hugh Forrest, chief programming officer of SXSW on the challenges that conferences will be facing in the future, and some proposed remedies. Hugh has 30 years’ experience when it comes to organising events.

This talk was first seen at Admission: The Stories Behind Great Events hosted by event software company, Tito.

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Intro: 0:00
What is SXSW?: 1:48
Overall market saturation: 4:02
The YouTube factor: 5:53
Rising costs for all involved: 7:31
A brief detour about Westworld: 8:56
Political realities of 2018: 10:05
Emergence of virtual reality: 12:31
Summary of five challenges: 13:41
Five challenges versus community: 14:20
Conferences are the new church: 17:04
Conferences create inspiration: 17:48
We need inspiration more than ever: 19:41
Conclusion: 22:28


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Adam is the co-founder and editor of Adam, a technology evangelist also organises Event Tech Live, Europe’s only show dedicated to event technology and the Event Technology Awards. Both events take place in November, London.