January 18, 2012 – Pleasanton, CA – (Kazor.com) – Virtual Edge Summit 2012, the annual event on digital solutions for events, meetings, learning, community and virtual marketing, announced today it has made final speaker and program selections for the January Epic event, to be held January 26, 2012, online, in the Virtual Edge Institute’s Digital Event Center from 10:00 A.M. ET to 5:00 P.M. ET. The entire virtual event will be free to all attendees.
“Corporations, associations, trade show producers and media companies are scrambling to figure out how they can best deploy virtual solutions to grow their business and engage customers, partners and even employees,” says Michael Doyle, Executive Director of Virtual Edge Institute, producer of the Summit. “Though still affected by the economy and budgets that haven’t been, and may not be, restored to pre-2008 levels, people are starting to really understand how virtual environments can drive meaningful business results beyond extending physical event attendance.”
The Virtual Edge Summit 2012 Epic Event will have expanded coverage with sessions looking specifically at training and learning applications of virtual technology featuring some of the top practitioners in corporate and association learning. Speakers include: Adam Arthur, CDC Virtual Platform Initiative Lead, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Alison Burns, Manager, Virtual Meetings, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Annie Yuzzi, Director of Marketing, Partner Enablement and Events, , Caroline Avey, Director, Innovative Learning Solutions & Learning Strategist, ACS (Xerox), David Rich, Senior VP, Strategy & Planning, Worldwide, George P. Johnson, David Wilkins, VP Taleo Research, Taleo, Emilie Bridon, Digital Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation, John Graham, President and CEO, ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership, Jonathan Finkelstein, Founder & Executive Producer, LearningTimes, and many more. One of the cornerstone events in San Diego is sure to inspire those in the virtual environment, as well – The Great Debate, where leaders in the industry sparred with one another on the state and future of digital events.
The day-long virtual only program will feature dozens of education sessions in a variety of formats –deep-dive presentations, 15-minute snippets, 30-minute conversations, interview sessions and technology demos from a virtual trade show. Subject matter experts will also be on hand all day for live Q&A.
“Whether you were in San Diego, and just couldn’t get to all the sessions you wanted to see, or whether you were a part of the hybrid experience and just want more, or whether couldn’t make it at all, this is your chance to see what you missed,” says Doyle. “This year’s education was top-notch, and delivered in so many unique formats, we invite people to come in and design an education plan just right for them. Corporate or association, novice or expert, marketer or event planners, there’s something here for everyone! We’re calling this our Epic event because it is the culmination of months of work and it will be an awesome opportunity for people to access this education if they didn’t make the event in San Diego or didn’t catch the hybrid event’s streamed session. Here is everyone’s chance.”
About Virtual Edge Summit 2012
The one-day Virtual Edge Summit Epic Event t condenses the full Virtual Edge Summit including 30-plus educational sessions, workshops and learning lounge presentations on digital solutions for events, meetings, learning and community. The Summit is designed to help attendees rapidly evaluate, implement and maximize virtual programs within their organizations. To register free, please visit: http://www.virtualedgesummit.com/epic.
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About The Virtual Edge Institute
VirtualEdge.org is an organization dedicated to advancing the development and adoption of digital event and meeting technology and best practices for collaboration and marketing. It does this by supporting and contributing research, education, thought leadership, promotion, and professional networking. VEI members help set the direction for the virtual events and meeting industry and create significant business opportunities, solutions and advantages for all. Members have access to various services and deliverables based on their membership level. Learn more at http://www.virtualedgeinstitute.com
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