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Northwest Event Show Team Member- Victoria Blasich

We are counting down the days until the Northwest Event Show’s first ever 2-day show! There will be so much amazing content to take in, vendors to meet with, and new event trends to discover, we don’t want you to miss out on anything. We are pulling out all the stops to make sure you have all the opportunities to grow your business and find your next inspiration. From education seminars and panels, wellness focused sessions in the Mindfulness Lounge to hands on tech training. And of course, some great areas to relax and chat with your fellow event enthusiasts!

So now, in no particular order, are the top 10 things we are most excited about and therefore, things you do not want to miss out on at this year’s NWES!

1)   Keynote Breakfast

 All attendees who have a VIP All Access Pass are invited to an exclusive breakfast the first morning of the Northwest Event Show. Not only will you get to kick off your day with a meal and chat with enthusiastic professionals, you’ll get to hear about upcoming event trends from our Keynote Speaker, Julius Solaris.

Julius is the editor of the popular Event Manger Blog website and one of the event industries most innovative and creative minds. He will be presenting his top event trends for 2020 in this interactive session with research-backed insights on the trends in event technology, event marketing and social media, venues and destination selection, and installation experiences designs. This is the perfect way to start your day at NWES!

Need to upgrade your General Admission or Advanced Education Pass? Click here to upgrade online. Or upgrade on site at registration. But hurry, seats are limited!


2)   Welcome Reception

Right on the heels of day one, it’s our party! We want to celebrate with you! Come celebrate our 25th anniversary with us at the NWES Welcome Reception! We invite you to join us on Wednesday, November 13 at 5:00 pm as we party after the show with amazing food, drinks and the tunes from TWO incredible live bands!

Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to engage one-on-one with event and tradeshow experts, rub elbows with some of the best industry vendors in the business, connect with esteemed speakers, and interact with fellow attendees. Complimentary shuttles provided by Butler Seattle will be on standby at the Convention Center, ready to whisk you away to Block 41, a unique Seattle venue that is contemporary cool and industrial chic. 



3)   NWES Tech Bar: Powered by Exhibits NW

Get your hands on the newest tech and ask all your questions at the Tech Bar. No matter your level of technical experience or prowess, you’ll learn something new and walk away with actionable information. Not only will you get to hold and work with new devices and see the new software systems designed to help your business, you’ll be able to get advice and help on current systems you are familiar with.

All attendees have access to the NWES Tech Bar this year! There will be short sessions focused on interactive education with the newest technology and hands on learning that are great to drop in on! Use the Tech Bar as a pit stop to charge your items, get quick social media tips and more!


4)   Mindfulness Lounge

The hustle is real, and so is the need to disconnect and center ourselves. All attendees with an Advanced Education Pass and an All Access VIP Pass have access to Lee Papa’s Mindfulness Lounge at NWES this year. Lee will be hosting multiple meditation sessions a day, all focused on different needs and processes. And if you’ve never meditated before, or are skeptical, we highly recommend her first session on each day, her “Introduction to Mindfulness and Guided Meditation”.

Read all about the different guided meditation sessions and find the perfect one for your schedule and needs by checking out the Mindfulness Lounge Schedule.


5)   See our 300+ Exhibitors

There are so many fabulous exhibitors, but no need to rush! NWES is two full days this year. The show floor will have vendors that will help you plan, host, decorate, market your event and more. Chat with event pros, sample some sweet and savory treats, marvel at the creative genius of event designers, and discover your inspiration for your next event.

Find the perfect list of vendors for all your big event and business ideas. From caterers that can build the buffet of your dreams, to the planning team that just *gets* you and your incredible vision for a corporate event. If you are looking for the classics, of course! What about something a little different or modern? Just you wait and see! (but we get it, we can’t wait either! Check them out on social media here)


6)   Our Expo Floor Panel Discussions

While you’re on the show floor, take a moment to sit in on one of our Panel Discussions. Open to all attendees, there will be multiple panels on both days of the show. Come, take a seat, and listen to event professionals from across the spectrum of the industry share their insights and experiences.

You’ll want to get there early for “Event Planning: 2020 Insights”, moderated by Megan Clark from Clutch Events with panelists Chaitra Vedullapalli of Meylah and Julius Solaris from Event Manger Blog.

And get tangible takeaways focused on sustainability from the panel “Sustainability in Today’s Events”, moderated by Christopher Davies of Pondhr with panelists Aaron Shook from Ocean5, Seattle NACE, Nikki Davidson from Big Table and Pamela Potts from Dynamic Events.


7)   Apply for the Event Innovation Lab™

We are so excited to announce that now ALL attendees are eligible to apply for the Event Innovation Lab hosted by Julius Solaris!

No Lab is ever the same, because the event world and the professionals in it are constantly changing. The Lab is custom designed for the attendees, so it is a truly interactive, and focused to exactly what you are looking to learn. You won’t hear the same advice you’ve heard before; this is about innovation! Spots are limited, so be sure to apply today for your seat.


8)   AFR Show floor Lounges:  Powered by AFR Furniture Rentals

Need to take a break, rest your feet, charge your phone or chat more with a fellow attendee or exhibitor? We’ll have two large lounges on the show floor, designed and outfitted by AFR for your relaxation and networking needs.


9)   Connection Hub: Powered by Fern

We take networking and inspiration so seriously, that we made it a priority this year. Make the most out if your time at the NWES by using the Connection Hub to meet up with co-workers, set up side meetings and mingle with others.

Need to get some work done during the day? Answer some emails or take a meeting with a exhibitor to get more information or finalize a plan.

10)  Our featured Workshop Sessions

For our Advanced Education and VIP All Access Pass attendees, we are offering exclusive access to the workshop sessions at this years NWES. Covering topics from tech developments to personal branding. Light-hearted talks that will motivate you and deep dive sessions that will make you think critically.

A few sessions we on the NWES team have saved to our schedule are Melissa Major’s “Disruption Discovered: The Fusion of Design Thinking & Inclusion – You can’t take bias out of people, but you can take it out of process” and “Converting Casual Conversations Into Sales” from Nikki Rausch.

It was difficult to narrow down all the amazing things happening at this years NWES, but the top 10 is a great place to start! Have you gotten your tickets yet? Be sure to register now to make sure you have all the access to make the most out of your two days at the NWES! 

Victoria Blasich– Event Marketing Manager at Freemind Seattle. A boutique marketing and event management agency focused on creating distinctive marketing campaigns and impactful event strategy to help you connect with your customers in cool and unusual ways.