Getting your professional Edge at MPI’s world education congress

This week SnapupTickets as a division of D. E. Systems, had the unique opportunity to attend Meeting Professional International’s World Education Congress in San Francisco.  The theme for this year’s conference was “Find Your Professional Edge”.  MPI is a fantastic organization for event and meeting planners and suppliers of all types to gain education, network and connect with each other.  With chapters across the globe, the World Education Congress was no small affair.  Content centred on education topics ranging from the practical-registration, engagement, marketing, industry analysis to the more Inspirational-personal stories of challenge and success.  One of the most innovative topics brought to the forefront of this year’s conference was the sharing or collaborative economy.  Speakers such as Airbnb, Bookalokal and Jeremiah Owyang brough this transformative and in some ways disruptive business model to the limelight.  Panel discussions discussed the advantages these new economies bring like creating new demand.  But discussions also touched on the challenges-taxation, the lack of regulation-all minefields that the sharing economy will navigate in one way shape or form.

sharing economy

What became fairly clear was that this is a new economic model, centered on underutilized and shared assets that isn’t going away.  One that carries some distinct economic and structural advantages over traditional economies but also one that presents a sometimes distruptive model as it may relate to taxation, regulation and other issues.  The sharing economy empowers its users and changes the landscape of commerce in a profound way.  Examples such as AirBnb and Uber show just how powerful and how controversial the model is.


Every year in September, Ottawa becomes the centre of the Animation industry universe.  The Ottawa International Animation Festival, running from September 16-20 is one of the largest events of its kind, draws industry collegues from around the world and showcases the best in Animation film.  The Animation shown at the OIAF is so great, some of the competition winners have gone on to win Academy Award nominations.

OIAF will draw over 30,000 attendees during its 5 day run in September providing a big boost to the city’s Tourism sector.  The competition will feature 79 entries from 23 countries.  In addition to the film screenings, workshops and talks are held for industry collegues.

OIAF 2015

There will be 8 Canadian films screened in the festival and an additional 39 that are part of the event.

“This was without doubt one of the strongest years I can recall,” said Chris Robinson, the festival’s artistic director. “The quality of almost every category was high. We could have easily added another one or two competition screenings.”

The National Film Board has three short films in the best narrative short category, which are Focus by director Alex Boya, Autos Portraits by Claude Cloutier and Sweet Talk by Esteban Azuela.

“I’m really excited to see how audiences react to this year’s competitors,” Robinson said. “It was also a particularly good year for Canadian animators, demonstrating yet again just how diverse, unique and talented we are as an animation nation.”

Other highlights include Ernie Biscuit by Academy Award winner Ada

OIAF crowd-outside


For over 20 years, Incentive Works has been Canada’s largest tradeshow for meeting and incentive travel professionals.  This year, over 3000 meeting professionals and 700 industry suppliers will meet at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre August 18-20. Sessions focused on education and networking events such as MPI Foundation Canada Rocks bring Canada’s meeting industry together for 3 days.


The tradeshow floor exhibitors range from travel destinations, meeting services suppliers, hotel properties and a host of other meetings and travel related businesses.

Other events revolving around the Incentive Works show include MPI Foundation’s Canada Rocks event in support of the MPI Foundation.  This year’s event will be held at the Carlu, a renovated 1930′s venue in the heart of Midtown.  Proceeds from the event will go to the MPI Foundation.  Says MPI Foundation Representative Trevor Lui “the mission of the MPI Foundation is to fund education and pan-industry research that drive the success of meeting professionals”.   This year marks the 10th installment of Canada Rocks.5


Snapup Tickets has developed a quick and easy way to verify ticket sales on-site at your event with our new Snapup Tickets iOS mobile app.  The app provides functionality for event organizers to scan and verify tickets for any of their live events on the Snapup ticket platform.

Scan rates as quick as 2 seconds per scan combined with real-time database updates mean that multiple check-in staff can use the app simultaneously while ensuring no duplicate entries can be made from any ticket.

This ticket verification solution is geared for any public event including festivals, bars and lounge special events, sporting events and tradeshows though it will address verification for any type of event used on the Snapup Tickets platform.

About Snapup Tickets:

Snap Up Tickets is an online ticket selling and registration system designed to allow the user full access to create, manage and share their very own event. This website based application comes with useful administrative tools to help manage, track and query event activities and registrant data. With online registration forms that are immediately available and secure online payment services, your online event will be ready to go in a snap.  Snapup Tickets is a wholly owned product developed by D. E. Systems Ltd.