Since 2016, Akoya has worked with the DesignLights ConsortiumTM to plan and execute its annual Stakeholder Meeting — a marquee event that draws 250 attendees for three days of education, collaboration, and networking. This year’s meeting, held this past July, had particular significance, as the host city was none other than Boston, MA — the DLC’s hometown.
Planning for the 2018 meeting began last summer with an extensive, city-wide venue search, where we worked closely with the DLC to select the beautiful and historic Boston Park Plaza for the meeting itself and the unique Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum for the offsite reception. From there, we handled all aspects of pre-event management, including negotiating contracts, coordinating over 20 exhibits and sponsor stations, tracking registration, developing a comprehensive food and beverage package, and managing the space plan and schedule for more than a dozen meeting rooms. On site, we were the liaison between the DLC and the hotel to oversee all behind-the-scenes details and problem-solve as needed.
It’s safe to say that this year’s DLC Stakeholder Meeting was “wicked awesome” — we’re already hard at work on the site search for 2019 and look forward to our continued partnership with the DLC.