MPI Plans 'Solution Rooms' at World Education Congress

At its 2011 World Education Congress (WEC), taking place July 23-26 in Orlando, Meeting Professionals International (MPI) will introduce a new "Solution Rooms" concept designed to give meeting professionals peer-to-peer solutions to their most vexing problems, it announced yesterday.

Modeled after a similar program at the European Meeting & Events Conference (EMEC), which took place in February in Düsseldorf, the Solution Rooms will be open environments that are staffed by business experts serving as ad hoc moderators. Organized by topic, rooms will be designed to facilitate group discussion among attendees, who'll be encouraged to share their greatest challenges and talk about their own experiences and solutions in response to their peers' conundrums.

"The people in our industry are passionate lifetime learners, always willing to impart wisdom with those around them," said MPI Director of Programs Diana Rogers. "Whether a novice or an expert, they have some best practice or latest tool to share, and the Solution Rooms at WEC are the platform to share while learning something new to bring back."

Added Fiona Pelham of Sustainable Events Ltd., who participated in EMEC's Solution Room, "The Solution Room was unbelievable. It offered me the insight that there are actually things that I have learned throughout my studies, which some people in the industry do not know. My knowledge is of value to the industry."

In addition to crowd-sourced content, Solution Rooms will feature technology that supplements the session experience; for example, while information will be sourced onsite from inside the room, it will then be shared via social media and projected as live-stream.

For more information, visit