Digital Built Week – A New Direction
The more things stay the same, the more they change; oh wait, that isn’t the saying? Well I think it’s fair to say it is the motto of those of us within DBEI (the hosts of DTS, BILT, BCS, DD and more). Our committee members are always looking for opportunities to evolve their events to stay relevant and meet the needs of our attendees and community. As committee members we can’t sit still, we need to constantly challenge ourselves: are our events meeting the needs of the communities that we serve? To that end we have decided to make some of the biggest changes we’ve made since our inception!
The immediate question that follows is “why?”, of course we would not be making these changes if we did not think it would have a positive impact, so let’s review the changes coming and how we see this as being of benefit to you, the community:
- Abstracts will be open for all 4 events. We want to hear from you! Traditionally, our more niche events have their speakers picked by the committee, but this year we want to open up the discussions so that more voices are heard and to ensure our content remains up-to-date.
- Duration of the event(s). Our week of events for 2019 will run for 4 consecutive days, not 5. This is to involve more people across all our different events and will give you the opportunity to expand your vision, content and participation. We believe that this approach in overlapping our more niche event sessions with BILT will help make them more accessible to the general BILT attendee, rather than having to purchase a ticket for each extra event.It also means you don’t have to spend an extra day out of the office, an extra day travelling, which we know is a concern for many of our attendees. The conference will run as shown below:
- More overall flexibility, because all the North American events are going to be integrated it will be much easier for attendees to register and plan their attendance at the North American Digital Built Week.
- Want to attend only DTS or Data Day sessions? Great, you can do that, but not only do you get attendance to one of these events, but you get to attend BILT’s opening keynote, the Thursday evening function, and spend some time in the exhibition hall.
- Want to attend DTS or Data Day and one additional day of BILT? Again, not an issue.
- Interested in the first day of DTS or Data Day discussions but want to take some labs for a spin on Thursday? Go for it!
- Everyone gets to network with everyone. With more integration of the scheduling and planning of the events, there will be more opportunities to network and socialize. DTS and Data Day will share meals and breaks on the dedicated Wednesday and all event attendees will be invited to attend the Welcome Function on Thursday night.
Ultimately, we want each event to retain its uniqueness and identity, but we recognize that for a variety of reasons, people want to jump around and manage the overall time spent at a conference; by streamlining the registrations processes and overlapping the events we aim to achieve that.
For more information on Digital Built Week, visit the website.