The question of how we want to work, communicate, network and learn in future will be explored on 3 September, via BOCOM, a hybrid multisite conference sponsored by the German Convention Bureau.
The conference will attempt to find answers to questions of overcoming geographical, technological and subject boundaries.
Organisers of ‘BOCOM – Experience Borderless Communication’ claim it a first of its kind event, featuring an integrated research concept, two agendas in morning and afternoon sessions, four focus topics, four venues, 25 project partners and supporters as well as some 30 speakers.
Joining the live stream is free and registration is open until 26 August on www.bocom.online
The four main programme topics of BOCOM are: Overcoming Borders, Human Machine Interaction & Learning, New Work & Collaboration as well as Borderless Communication & Sustainability. All topic aspects have in recent months become more relevant.
Speaker expertise will touch on hospitality, technology and communication, with corporate as well as academic approaches, and representatives from various destinations involved.
The conference will be divided into two half day events at its central Berlin hub. Strict hygiene and safety requirements will be followed with the goal of enabling as many people as possible to take part on site. Attendees joining via the live stream, however, can take part for the whole day – free of charge and from their location of choice.
Event hubs in Amsterdam, Essen and Vienna will be connected with the central hub at Design Offices Humboldthafen in Berlin for the keynotes and panel discussions on the agenda, but also have their own programme on the day.
BOCOM speakers will also tune in from New York City, Tel Aviv, Paris, Madrid and other destinations.
An interactive Speakers’ Corner area, which runs in parallel to the programme on the main stage in Berlin, will enable attendees to engage with the speakers. They can also try new technologies, which are presented by innovative start-ups and tech providers in the XR and chat lab.
An event app customised for the BOCOM set-up serves as the central platform for all attendees, no matter if on site in Berlin, in the local hubs or online. It offers comprehensive information on the agenda, speakers and exhibitors as well as a voting functionality and the option to chat with speakers and other attendees.
In addition, attendees taking part on site in Berlin can book individual time slots for the interactive area while virtual attendees can use it to follow the event via the live stream.
BOCOM grew out of the Future Meeting Space (FMS) innovation network, which was founded in 2015 by the GCB and the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO with the aim of defining technical, organisational and spatial conditions for successful events of the future.
The multisite conference format taking place at different locations was one of the first future meeting scenarios identified by the FMS research initiative. This idea has led to a partnership between the GCB, the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO, c4 Berlin (formerly TRIAD) and the visitBerlin Berlin Convention Office to initiate the first test lab for borderless communication in the digital age – BOCOM.