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On 16th and 17th March, MEI held a two-day seminar which acted as knowledge-sharing and networking forum for those involved in delivering services and technology for Venues, Fan Parks and Major Events.

The first day was held at the offices of the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) at the Olympic Park, which boasted spectacular views of the park with the Olympic Stadium, Arcelor-Mittal Tower and Aquatics Centre in sight. We heard from Mark Robinson, Head of External Affairs at LLDC who briefed delegates on the ambitious legacy plans for the Park. Delegates then received an insightful briefing and tour of the Park from Glenn Payton, Head of Park Security, who shed light on the safety and security procedures needed for an area with multiple venues while showing delegates the interior of both the Aquatics centre and Park control room.

Delegates then made their way to HereEast, the former International Press and Broadcast centre where they heard from CEO of HereEast, Gavin Poole, who talked about the HereEast vision to transform the space into a technology and creativity business hub for both Corporate and Start-up companies.  

The following day, delegates gathered at the offices of co-host IPT Design to hear from expert speakers within the sector. Charting the latest developments in sports venue technology we were lucky to hear from Reinaldo Pargas, former Head of Technology for FIFA 2014 and technical consultant to Rio2016 who joined us from Brazil to share his knowledge. Delegates also heard firsthand from Fabrice Doreau, Head of Strategy from the ATOS Olympics and Major Events team and Charles Burns of wifi specialists Xirrus.

After these outstanding presentations, the audience were treated to an interactive panel discussion on future trends in venue technology where participants included MEI Member Dave Crump of Creative Technology , Steve Rickless of Tripleplay Services and MoeHamdhaidari of Deltatre with Julian Bailey from IPT Design chairing the session.

As part of the new MEI Venue Technology and Operations membership group these seminars will run four times a year. The next event is planned for 20th May and is open to MEI Members and those interested in learning more about this group. If you are interested in learning more about the membership scheme and this new sector group, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. +44 207 073 2661.

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