Time was, to uncover the latest thinking and developments in the world of sustainability meant a lot of travel and time investment. I recall, whilst developing and driving the Mowlem Sustainability Strategy for Prime Contracting at the end of the 90′s, having to trundle to conferences in London, or to Defence Estates in the Midlands, spending a whole day in conference mode, only to pick up a few nuggets of intelligence or inspiration.
Today we can pick up most intelligence via the web and social media. We use webinars and online events to share. Physical events such as Eco Build, now wrapped in social media and web applications, certainly have their place. But mainstream trade fairs haven’t as yet really embraced the potential of the online world, by going completely virtual.
One organisation driving the emerging virtual expo space is HyperFair – and it is their technology, that allows visitors to attend exhibition as an avatar, that the forthcoming Construction21 virtual trade fair will be using.
Over two days, 14th and 15th May, EXPOC21, will enable you to visit a number of greenbuild product stands, talk to leading sustainability organisations on their stands, be inspired and talk with a number of leading greenbuild thoughtleaders, engage in panel debates and network with construction and sustainability professionals across Europe and Globally. All with a vastly reduce commitment on your time, and on your carbon emission, without leaving the office or your kitchen table!
And, I think there is another important reason visiting EXPOC21 - to experience and interact with others within a virtual environment. One of the great drivers for todays industry is BIM, information management and modelling, and the associated emergence with 3D environments.
Engaging with others in virtual environments, discussing proposed designs with clients and contractors and end users, whilst moving through the design itself, will become an established aspect of our industry – and a key skill to hone now. Those who have experience of Second Life, Minecraft or even Sims will feel at home, but for others, this is an experience not to be missed, and attendance as a delegate is free.
See you there!
Links for the show:
To register go here
Check out the Thought Leader Presentation series
Green Build Panel Debate hosted by World GBC Europe, covering topics such as Economics of Green Building projects, Scaling up for Retofit, Green Responsibilities and Sustainability performance Directives
Follow the show via Twitter #EXPOC21 #EXPOC21chat and @C21EXPO_EUROPE
Tweetchats and Twitterviews held leading up to the show, with more in show interviews to come.
Construction21EXPO Background and Team (pdf)