A Place to Meet. A Place to Learn. A Place to be Inspired.

WHAT IS CONNECT17?

 CONNECT17 is a two-day event for anyone involved in the planning, organising or running of meetings and events. Whether you’re a CEO, a marketer, a PA or an events industry professional, Connect17 has something for you.

If organising events is what you do, this is an unmissable event to help you plan and enhance your next 12 months of event activity.

THE 2016 STORY

Visitors through the door

Floor Space M2

Exhibitors

Education Sessions

Tuesday 17th October

07:30
Registration in the Concert Hall

08:00 – 13:15
ConnectTALKS – Concert Hall
6 Keynote speakers – see ConnectTALKS

12:30
Registration for ConnectSHOWFLOOR – Main Hall

13:00 – 18:30
ConnectSHOWFLOOR opens – Hall 1 & 2 
A Market Place for Business Exchange and F2F meetings

14:00
Opening Address by Paul Kelly, CEO, Fáilte Ireland – Hall 2 

14:30
Learning Lounges – Hall 2
An intimate setting for learning

18:30
ConnectFEST – Concert Hall
A celebration of Irish entertainment, food and drink

Wednesday 18th October

08:00 – 13:00
ConnectSHOWFLOOR opens – Hall 1 & 2

A market place for business exchange

10:00 – 13:00
ConnectTALKS – Learning Lounges – Hall 2

An intimate setting for learning

MEET

about the unique offerings of Ireland’s meetings and events industry on the ConnectSHOWFLOOR with Ireland’s top industry professionals, and see how you can use meetings and events to power your organisations growth

LEARN

by a range of talks from world class keynote speakers at ConnectTALKS which will equip you with the insight and skills to drive your continued professional development

BE INSPIRED

with industry experts and event suppliers through face to face meetings on the showfloor. Expand your network, meet your peers and do business at ConnectFEST

CONNECT17 brings together…

Exhibitors

To give you an unmissable opportunity to demonstrate your unique meetings and events offerings and experience to a captive audience of potential international and national buyers.

Attendees

To give you an experiential and education experience like no other to equip you with the knowledge and skills to inject imagination and creativity into your next meeting or event masterpiece.

International Buyers

To give you an insight into Ireland’s culture, music, food, artisan producers, hotels, venues, activity and entertainment providers all in a ‘live’ environment, supported by an educational trip in our amazing country.

CONNECT17 NEWS

David Adler

David Adler C.E.O. and founder, BizBash David Adler, CEO and Founder of BizBash,  (www.bizbash.com) is a veteran  media and event entrepreneur. He founded BizBash as an idea and resource marketplace for event organizers of all types from...

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Shannon Region

Shannon Region The Shannon Region Conference and Sports Bureau is delighted to be attending Connect 17. It's the ideal platform to meet multi discipline event organisers both domestic and international under one roof. For the Shannon...

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Castleknock means Business

Castleknock means Business There is a lot of excitement at Castleknock Hotel in Dublin ahead of the planned opening of their extension that is due to open in December 2017. The new wing will see an additional 52 bedrooms added to...

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Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland 1. Tell us about Northern Ireland/What makes NI so special? Northern Ireland is emerging as one of the most popular visitor destinations in recent years for several reasons – stunning scenery, epic coastal drives, contemporary cities, friendly locals,...

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Abigail E. Disney

Abigail E. Disney Abigail E. Disney is an award-winning filmmaker, philanthropist, the CEO and president of Fork Films, and a mother of four. An active supporter of peacebuilding, she is passionate about advancing women's roles in the public sphere. Abigail’s films...

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Croke Park

Croke Park As the home of Ireland's largest sporting and cultural organisation, the GAA - Croke Park has played host to iconic moments in Irish sport & history and to major cultural and international events. Every September, the Association's two annual marquee...

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It’s time to Connect 17…..

It’s time to Connect 17….. by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua September is back to school time across the Western hemisphere and, for former teachers like me, has a kind of “new beginnings” feel to it, the sense of a new year starting even...

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How do you connect with Someone?

How do you connect with Someone?
Just ask the Irish

Life couldn’t have been better. The flight had been on time, the sun was shining and I was about to explore a city I’d only been to once before…

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CONNECT17 TESTIMONIALS

Joanne Kerba

Connect16 was much more than what I thought it would be, all of Ireland under one roof, what an amazing opportunity to exchange with all the suppliers! It was well put together, a mix of conversation, visuals, entertainment and tasting. Kudos! I would definitely attend again, but I would also encourage my colleagues to attend in order for them to get to know the country a bit better
2017-08-31T13:17:56+00:00

Canadian Group

Connect16 was much more than what I thought it would be, all of Ireland under one roof, what an amazing opportunity to exchange with all the suppliers! It was well put together, a mix of conversation, visuals, entertainment and tasting. Kudos! I would definitely attend again, but I would also encourage my colleagues to attend in order for them to get to know the country a bit better

Mondello Park

We really enjoyed our time at @Connect16_info and well done to all from #meetinkilare, Food, music, entertainment; we had it all! #Connect16
2017-03-13T12:35:13+00:00
We really enjoyed our time at @Connect16_info and well done to all from #meetinkilare, Food, music, entertainment; we had it all! #Connect16

Jane gray

Over the top impressed with this show. To have just one country highlights and showcased made it so much easier for me as a planner to think about how I would sell this destination. Every single thing was new to me as I was really unaware of almost everything about your country.
2017-08-31T13:15:14+00:00

Eventus

Over the top impressed with this show. To have just one country highlights and showcased made it so much easier for me as a planner to think about how I would sell this destination. Every single thing was new to me as I was really unaware of almost everything about your country.

Aekta Patel

I just wanted to extend a huge thank you to all of you and your extended team for making my first experience of Dublin/Ireland a memorable one. I can truly say that I’m sold and feel in a much better position to propose Ireland to any clients that are looking for overseas options.
2017-08-31T13:20:08+00:00

Res2000

I just wanted to extend a huge thank you to all of you and your extended team for making my first experience of Dublin/Ireland a memorable one. I can truly say that I’m sold and feel in a much better position to propose Ireland to any clients that are looking for overseas options.

Eileen Stevenson

Yesterday was a vibrant, extremely well run event that opened up a lot of great opportunities! Well done to all
2017-03-13T14:15:40+00:00
Yesterday was a vibrant, extremely well run event that opened up a lot of great opportunities! Well done to all

Jonathan Bradshaw

At Connect 16 the whole island of Ireland came together to promote it’s exceptional business tourism offering. The passion and belief in what was being showcased by those promoting it was unmistakeable.
2017-08-31T13:10:10+00:00

The Meetology® Lab

At Connect 16 the whole island of Ireland came together to promote it’s exceptional business tourism offering. The passion and belief in what was being showcased by those promoting it was unmistakeable.

Meet in Galway

It is hard to believe it has been a week since #connect16 - What a fantastic day and we were thrilled to be part of such a sucessful event.
2017-03-13T12:22:47+00:00

Meet in Galway

It is hard to believe it has been a week since #connect16 - What a fantastic day and we were thrilled to be part of such a sucessful event.

Bridget Lindquist

"I thought it was well done and very valuable. Very impressive, especially for the first year. There was a more relaxed and friendly atmosphere than at the typical tradeshow. I hope they can keep that aspect going forward. I found new products like the Kildare Village Shopping and Bear Grylls, Ballymaloe Cookery School, etc… that I would not have been aware of without meeting them at Connect 16".
2017-03-14T11:03:49+00:00

BI Worldwide

"I thought it was well done and very valuable. Very impressive, especially for the first year. There was a more relaxed and friendly atmosphere than at the typical tradeshow. I hope they can keep that aspect going forward. I found new products like the Kildare Village Shopping and Bear Grylls, Ballymaloe Cookery School, etc… that I would not have been aware of without meeting them at Connect 16".

Green Shoes Events

We had a great day yesterday at #connect16. Well organised with great #speakers & #informative sessions. Feeling extra #motivated today!
2017-03-13T14:21:35+00:00
We had a great day yesterday at #connect16. Well organised with great #speakers & #informative sessions. Feeling extra #motivated today!

Custom Ireland

At #connect16 and impressed by the wonderful showcase of #ireland for #meetingprofs #incentiveprofs
2017-03-13T14:20:22+00:00
At #connect16 and impressed by the wonderful showcase of #ireland for #meetingprofs #incentiveprofs

Jasha Bories

Connect 16 gave me a deep insight to a really large and interesting selection of Irish hotels, event locations and activities. You get so many special offers – inform yourself before, make two to three appointments, but take the time to experience the show and to get to know the culinary and entertaining side of Ireland.
2017-08-03T16:07:30+00:00

STAGG & FRIENDS

Connect 16 gave me a deep insight to a really large and interesting selection of Irish hotels, event locations and activities. You get so many special offers – inform yourself before, make two to three appointments, but take the time to experience the show and to get to know the culinary and entertaining side of Ireland.

Jonathan Bradshaw

Connect 17 is a must attend for anyone looking to bring a business event to the island of Ireland. It is an energy filled day, powered with the passion for hospitality that those on the Emerald Isle possess
2017-08-31T13:19:00+00:00

The Meetology® Lab

Connect 17 is a must attend for anyone looking to bring a business event to the island of Ireland. It is an energy filled day, powered with the passion for hospitality that those on the Emerald Isle possess

Deidre Keegan

HUGE #thankyou to all the #connect16 crew today! Ye put on an amazing day #networking #connect16 #athlone.ie #lookingforwardtonectyear
2017-03-13T14:18:35+00:00
HUGE #thankyou to all the #connect16 crew today! Ye put on an amazing day #networking #connect16 #athlone.ie #lookingforwardtonectyear

Enniscorthy Chamber

#connect16 What an event, amazing Irish destination memories to be created with the innovative and creative thinkers who showcased yesterday
2017-03-13T14:17:34+00:00
#connect16 What an event, amazing Irish destination memories to be created with the innovative and creative thinkers who showcased yesterday

Cammie Bridges

One of the things I like about this was the format. We were able to meet in group and then break out and speak to the suppliers that we might be interested in working with and we were able to learn about new suppliers as well as receive updates
2017-08-31T13:19:35+00:00

US buyer

One of the things I like about this was the format. We were able to meet in group and then break out and speak to the suppliers that we might be interested in working with and we were able to learn about new suppliers as well as receive updates

Pádraic Gilligan

Connect16 is not your usual cliquey trade show made up of alickadoos air-kissing, hugging and high fiving each other; rather, it’s a wide-open market square where #eventprofs are inviting all and sundry to come along to see, hear, taste, touch and smell what this magnificent industry does in Ireland and how it can effect transformative change for companies, associations, destinations in and through its unique métier.
2017-03-13T12:21:14+00:00

Pádraic Gilligan

Connect16 is not your usual cliquey trade show made up of alickadoos air-kissing, hugging and high fiving each other; rather, it’s a wide-open market square where #eventprofs are inviting all and sundry to come along to see, hear, taste, touch and smell what this magnificent industry does in Ireland and how it can effect transformative change for companies, associations, destinations in and through its unique métier.

connect17

Connect17 HQ
The Hyde Building, The Park Carrickmines, Dublin 18, Ireland
Tel: + 353 1 296 8688, Web: connectshowcase.ie

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