On Friday, January 28, the Wedding and Event Videographers Association (WEVA) International issued the following release, revealing plans for Expo 2010, which will take place August 24-25, online, as a "virtual" expo following the model of WEVA's iVideo Show, which debuted in February 2010:
This year all wedding & event filmmakers and digital imagers worldwide will be able to attend our industry’s largest convention and trade show -- without leaving home.
The WEVA 21st Annual Wedding & Event Video Expo is going 21st Century virtual. No matter where you are located, on August 24-25 WEVA EXPO 2011 is coming to YOU... LIVE! And, with VIDEO CHAT so you can see and network with fellow colleagues across the US and around the globe.
All EXPO programming, Roundtables, Q&A sessions, the FREE 2-Day Trade Show, and live networking will be officially scheduled on Pacific Coast hours.
** Making Education Available Internationally **
Industry professionals from the US and worldwide have asked the same familiar question for years -- "When are you bringing WEVA EXPO close to our home? Our entire crew wants to attend sessions and go to the Trade Show, but travel is difficult, airfares are high, and hotels are expensive. We need EXPO here in our own backyard. Can WEVA make that happen?"
Today, WEVA is announcing it’s happening! Due to the huge success of last year's WEVA iVideoShow (our industry's first online conference & Trade Show) and the never-ending speed of IT developments, WEVA EXPO 2011 will be the first global SUPERSHOW for wedding & event filmmakers worldwide, all online.
WEVA EXPO 2011 will be LIVE at your fingertips -- on your laptop, or large-screen TV -- and totally interactive. You can’t get any closer to home than that!
* Multi-Track Sessions, Live Q&A, 2-Day Trade Show, & Networking *
There will be dozens of multi-track (and multi-lingual) state-of-the-art sessions presented by leading wedding & event filmmakers not only from the US, but worldwide.... plus top social media marketing specialists, and industry experts on editing, workflow, lighting, audio, Web video, DSLR techniques, and much more -- with live Q&A by presenters, text & video chat.
Conference-style video chat will enable you to meet-up with fellow attendees live online – even during meal breaks. Getting technical information, downloading dealer prices sheets & literature, and watching the newest product demos will be a breeze.
And, just like WEVA iVideoShow, many sessions, camera demonstrations, system-specific training, etc., will be available on-demand at your convenience. All WEVA EXPO 2011 conference registrants will be able to access ALL programs, even watch the 2011 WEVA Creative Excellence Award Winning entries, and more.
Since last February's WEVA iVideoShow, more people in more industries have been attending conferences online instead of costly events that require travel expenses and time away from responsibilities at home and work.
John Zale, WEVA's Dir. of Educational Development notes: "Our industry is undergoing enormous changes that are being affected by social media and new IT developments, making it harder for wedding and event filmmakers to keep up with everything, especially with the challenges of today’s economy. It’s a major reason why we are excited to be presenting WEVA EXPO 2011 online making it possible for everyone to attend."
Registration for WEVA EXPO 2011 will open soon. Watch WEVA.com for details. Below, you can read what attendees said about last year's online WEVA iVideoShow -- and be sure to block your calendar now for August 24-25 for the WEVA 21st Annual Wedding & Event Video Expo. This year it’s coming to YOU.