The future of meetings and events

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

As our McCrindle Speakers are regular contributors to meetings and events around Australia, it was our privilege to conduct research for the Melbourne Convention Bureau’s 25-year anniversary of the Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME), into the mega trends affecting the future of meetings, and for Mark McCrindle to present the findings at the event.

The aim of the research was to understand how the global meetings industry is changing, through the influences of social trends, new technology and changing attendee expectations.

Findings from the full research report include the following:

  • Conference attendees are increasingly socially responsible, tech savvy and time poor
  • Attendees are looking for collaboration and networking, not just information
  • Meetings provide a place for human interaction, experiential learning and valuable professional investment
  • Customisation of the program structure and event experience is key
  • Augmented virtual reality and artificial intelligence transform the event experience
  • Ideas around venue design for the next generation.


Some of the key research findings are outlined in The Future of meetings; 25 years of change infographic:


At McCrindle, our team of professional speakers are in demand for their ability to clearly communicate the insights in engaging ways. Presenting at a variety of national and international events including keynote addresses at conferences, onsite professional development workshops and strategy briefings for senior leaders, the McCrindle speakers are recognised as leaders in tracking emerging issues, researching social trends, and are regarded as expert social researchers, futurists and story tellers.

To make an inquiry, please feel free to get in touch via email, or on 02 8824 3422.

Welcome to our blog...

We have a passion for research that tells a story, that can be presented visually, that brings about change and improves organisations. And we hope these resources help you know the times.

Our Social Media Sites

Facebook | McCrindle Research Social Media YouTube | McCrindle Research Social Media Twitter | McCrindle Research Social Media Flickr | McCrindle Research Social Media Pinterest | McCrindle Research Social Media Google Plus | McCrindle Research Social Media LinkedIn | McCrindle Research Social Media Mark McCrindle Slideshare

Last 150 Articles


change village trends analyst religion NBRS Architecture criminal millenials not for profit research New Zeland internship Gen Y Lower Hunter Region charity education future infographic wall futurist environment gen z panel New Zealand 2017 lifestyle cancelling event the hills shire McCrindle Speaker national wealth apartment Tuesday Trends average sydneysider Aussies Financial Planning Association of Australia volunteering earn divorce 2020 click twentyseventeen engagement ACF 2016 schools Caregiver chairty society baby name gig employers TED talk REIV Conference McCrindle Keynote Speakers data analyst Wellington conference speaker house price rise belief sydney speaker employmer national private wealth Sydney’s south west data list urban taskforce not-for-profit mortgage Population Clock Macquarie University the average aussie trend tuesday neutral bay optus my business awards leader social commentator visualisation curiosity litter mccrindle in the media work men Queensland: QLD participants father's day generation language speakers pack infographics demography post rationalism office opening earning optimistic economic wolloomooloo global financial crisis TEDx cartodb award winner Northern Beaches intern entrepreneurs of today Generation X demographer world youth day socialising transport increasing densification Andrew Duffin forecasting holiday research report analysis Christmas presents small business EFF stay home showreel daily commute research data educhat follow mythbusters jobs of the future learning styles 24,000,000 Education Future Forum nfp baby name trends entertainment Australian schools ACF17 public holiday pyrmont CBD wealth micro apartments average aussie #censusfail media release gold coast rent census 2016 Australian Bureau of Statistics focus group Financial Planning Association ultimo pharmacies growth of sydney Research Director visual income research baby plans South Australia school stats motivate in the media ageing cost of living media commentary emerging technologies media activity priorities christianity trends What is food insecurity? ABS supply and demand keynote speaker faux-cilise Western Australia Merry Christmas keynote Performance Sentiment Index youth tv education future report sydneysiders facts home owner 1975 impact choice workers tuesday parents jobs award faux-cilising trend mccrindle tea kate middleton insights Real Estate Institute of Victoria Royals staying in social lives Christmas in Australia Australian Census millennials DIY suburban living teachers VIC career presentation TED ashley fell James Ward census fail Aussie demographic transformations daily telegraph coffee lovers financial cash publication dream online australia SMSF leadership workshop screenagers resilience world 1968 selfie McCrindle Speakers schools students gig economy volunteering data google for education healthy future new york times 1980 professional development ageing population employmee census results Australia street Business analysis teach prince george sustainable state The ABC of XYZ child care rising house prices NEETs Christmas season McCridle Research Executive australian real estate global retail salary collaborative donate digital mentor global generations holidays investment work-life property the great screenage city storytelling student retirement suburbs market research work from home year 7 Jura Australia wealth and income TEDx Speaker internships experience Hills Shire Council social researchers Queensland younger generations video commuters customer average Australian wages wage grave decision social enquiry marketing youth unemployment trades February 16 ipswich apartments mateship students cooking food insecurity 24 million social impact vegetarian social trends happiness unemployment Wagga Wagga future of work sun Canberra group session rental stress domestic public speaking ACF2017 area land of the middle class royal family Black Friday goal REIV National Conference bus breakfast investing 1994 survey meetings Mark McCrindle JOMO housing market anzac Financial Planning Week ACF Kirsten Brewer education sector dare to dream easter Love social researcher blaxland education research report tertiary education wellbeing research pack Hornsby Shire Council 23 million Duchess of Cambridge researcher 2016 census results young people new office Crime Rates royal baby Res Vis speajer Bathburst authenticity engage millionth NT entrepreneurial office Hunter Valley renter of the future economy darwin education ethnography balance local The Daily Edition summer 40 million FPA dessert brands local communities acf15 life growth marriage wealth inequality population rain potts point Christmas day weather baby names report work mates skills 2015 Word Up Wodonga sydneysider sydney hills emerging trends Sydney Hills Business Chamber Melbourne waverton housing affordability unaffordable System's Architect qualitative research leadership socialites 2012 New South Wales Australian Population hello fresh professional speaker generation alpha future proofing ashley mckenzie culture Australian Trends family train Northern Beaches Christian School urban development budget organisational culture non profit renting mccrindle research Lower Hunter care support marriages faith conference presentation purpose census data Gen Z Expert social life cancel plans cancelling plans cultural diveristy gender shbc public transport university divorce rate rich define donation household states story capital city demographic collaboration Christmas data ease of travel communicate geomapping Australian Dream Mount Annan-Currant Hill research visualisation clothing mining boom financial future census SA FOMO Births who is generation z weekly earnings workplace high density living personal growth investor baby name predictions live the dream survey design logan staff sydney event national crime rates US property market sports financial dreams Territory relational events overcast earnings CPI hopes offenders perth moderators guide Tasmania church urban living index Willowdale seasons identity mccrinlde Australian Communities Trends social analysis TAS affordable winter winter blues huffington post shopping centre travel university degree local community learn energy royal volunteer event alpha interactive google australian communities trends report Skilling parenting Do It Yourself research services hills friendship families future of shopping challenge cost online shopping business performance research on coffee the changing face of conference forecast study quote social change TDE wealth and income distribution safe generational trends educated presentations mobile marrickville Gen X menai community engagement 2016 christmas future Australian community trends newspaper Australian demographics aged care puzzle the australian dream public speaker car sydney property market NFP event tea Assistant Store Manager data visualisation wealth distribution Black Friday in Australia professional Tuesday Trend Australian Families sydney metro christmas 2017 fears GPO VET shopper's pick consumerism goals coffee casual Black Friday Sales eliane miles know the times proactive optus suburb sector typical australian baby names australia report NSW residents VET sector crime gen alpha forum relevant population growth charities Deaths personalities urban princess charlotte technology deloitte bureau sunburnt country Cobbitty-Leppington workforce sydney market demographics sunny days social shifts meals narcissism training women product WA Australian Home Netflix World Water Day shopping Christmas lunch professional services social Christchurch high school thrive giving manly internet year 12 Sydney population cold finance shifts communication going out society trends teacher food bank monarchy property development future of education demographic trends innovative sydneycity names home ownership tips Social Trend Channel 7 eliane teaching Retail Kiwi aussie culture school students thought leadership hobart etiquette households ideas English weather dreaming poker master environmental scanning workplace culture cars school satisfaction low density 2014 financial planning infographic global sentiments 2016 census HSC January 26th cica snapshot vegemite results paying to work growing population mythbusting conferences Valentine’s Day rule keeper mccrindle wedding couple Christmas day the lucky country housing workshop learner organisations emerging generations financial fears Sydney pharmacy culturally diverse Charlotte australian community trends report greatness speakers equip tattoos living Christmas research resource in depth interviews brand experience hornsby baby boom screenage social research Northern beaches Event crows nest social commentary focus groups graphs future-proof high density apartments brisbane tableau business careers townhouses poor long weekend insight cloudy days community event media urban living entrepreneur statistics house price Work place group generations politics DESTEL high density spirituality repayments community changing face of sydney lalor park grandparents middle class communities mother's day social issues faux-ciliser teleworking Vocational education owning a home Sydney keynote speaker 10 years NBRS program speaker outsourcing christian dreams travelling Adelaide aged care financial independence buildings business index Australia Day 2017 social media rise of local slideshare ACT Report news Jura Coffee fresh affordability IT Specialists not for profit baby names ACT Northern Territory volunteers Sydney Lifestyle Study Real Estate future proof Australians cultural diversity bondi property price australians staying home more young australians Scouts employment the hills royal influence ferry commuting medicine moreton bay Channel Seven trends of 2016 debate digital economy consumer PSI victoria norwest social analyst Australian communities SRE real food networking australian money recap home government Mark McCrindle in the media population map professional presenters baby boomers hunger case study housing trends Myth generation Z australian social research spend sector wide friends sector wide study capital cities population milestone communications micro brand Elderslie-Harrington park megatrends mover and shaker australian communities forum celebration "know the times" house responsive Australia Day hills shire SMART easy rider innovation Maxim Accounting housing growth house prices office space 2013 contiki Geoff Brailey trends of 2017 children woolworths water debt builders Engineering Manager toys omnibus Generation Y commute learning annual income