Rethinking how we Build ‘Content’ Summits in Europe

Dear Friends,

Our community is nurtured by four core values;

  • Innovation
  • Inspiration
  • Information
  • Inclusion

We, the European BCS and BILT committees, are merely stewards of your community. As individuals we each represent complimentary aspects of the built environment; and we have taken it upon ourselves to organize these events to combine innovative ideas, inspiring stories, informative sessions and inclusive relationships.

When these four aspects align, we know we are on the right track – and while we have worked countless hours since the very successful BCS 2016 in Porto and BCS 2017 in Aarhus, we reached the conclusion a few weeks ago that we need to reformulate BCS in Europe. We’ve realised that the event format needs to be reworked to more closely align with our vision and mission – and as a result, after long discussions, we have agreed to postpone this year’s BCS Europe.

So, is BCS dead? By no means. Earlier this month, BCS North America celebrated a very successful fourth anniversary – and I look forward to being part of the fifth in Seattle, WA. 😊 But for Europe we want to reanalyse how and where BCS fits – it may end up as a separate event, it may end up as an integrated stream of BILT – and either way we value your ideas and feedback, so let us know what you think here!

I want to thank all the speakers that worked with us this year (and throughout the years) –  I hope to see you back in another context. From the bottom of my heart, a proud salute to Emil, Ville, Tore, Paul, Frank and Jacki who were crazy enough to embark on this journey with us.

One thing is for certain though, knowledge is key in our industry; we can only include everyone if we have the right information at hand to showcase the innovation; to inspire everyone. When we meet as a community, it should include everyone of use, and should provide us with the latest information and innovation to inspire us, to encourage us, to drive us into new workflows.

The next chapter in the story of BCS Europe is yet to be written – and like George R.R. Martin (the author of the ‘Game of Thrones’ book series) says: “I do not know when the next chapter will be ready, but we will drop you some samples as things progress.”

Now our focus is on BILT Europe, and I’d still encourage you to come a day early; it’s a magical city and I can’t wait to be amazed by your innovations, inspiring and informative stories and, most of all, the warm embrace of a group of passionate new and old friends from all over the world.

Thank you,

Marcus Fich

Chairman of BILT & BCS Europe

p.s. I’ll admit this was not easy to write. May you too find solace in the words of ‘OK Go’  – This too shall pass 😉

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