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Every in-person event has three things: people, a program, and of course, a place. But what will gathering look like in a Covid world? This is perhaps the biggest question producers, corporations, non-profits and certainly, VENUES are pondering as we try to move forward during the next 12-18 months. It is a question the experiential industry needs to take control of and provide the solutions so that we bring events back up to speed safely. This discussion will take several turns. First, we will look at the science of cleaning in a virus-spreading world. Then, we will engage venue managers from large to small to see how they are developing new protocols to ensure guest safety in uncertain times. Finally, we will look at what all of this means for the future of event design which is very much venue-dependent.
- Establish the scientific minimums of “clean” in a pandemic state
- Learn what strategies venues are currently considering to reopen
- Develop a realistic outlook for event spatial design and pricing for the future
Kevin White, CSEP
Kevin White has been a storyteller his entire life. That love of capturing attention and engaging people is what brought him to a decades-long career in experiential design. In 2011 he founded XPL, a boundary-pushing agency that delivers bold, powerful live events that transform audiences around the world. Clients include institutions such as Harvard Business School, non-profits such as The Special Olympics, governmental units such as the US Department of State and corporations such as Bugatti. Each brings a diverse set of needs that they entrust Kevin and his team to fulfill.
Kevin has undergone training from the World Health Organization (WHO) on mass gatherings, and has also received the Event Safety Access certification from the Event Safety Alliance.
Kevin’s commitment to his industry is demonstrated by his willingness to give back. He currently teaches event students through the Event Leadership Institute and has been a professor at New York University. He was selected by his peers to serve as international president of the International Live Events Association (ILEA). He has a penchant for travel, is incredibly loud and loves to witness great stories.