MCI in collaboration with IET at a press event launches first IoT India Congress 2016

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MCI in collaboration with the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Internet of Things (IoT) Panel is organising the first IoT India Congress 2016. Supported by the Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, Government of India, this is a first of its kind conference in India, designed to evangelize Internet of Things and help accelerate its adoption in India. With the co-creation of this conference as an intellectual asset, MCI India has moved one step closer to its strategic 2020 Vision.

MCI India has now successfully brought together IoT industry leaders and experts like Sir Robin Saxby, Jim Morrish, Dr. Rishi Bhatnagar, Dr. Robert Pepper, T. V. Ramachandran and Dirk Slama with a clear focus on driving business outcomes through IoT implementation. The three day international conference, to be held from 6th to 8th September, 2016 in Bengaluru, will bring together key stakeholders from the provider, consumers, and regulators on a single platform to discuss current challenges and draw a road map for the future.

With the aim of discussing governance & policies to create a road map for IoT in India, the conference will focus on some of the key elements to set it apart from other events in this space. A Masterclass on IoT Program Management will be specially designed for Practice Heads, Project Managers, Product Managers, Solution Architects and Program Heads which will help them support their organisation’s IoT strategy. The Masterclass will also help companies execute and run IoT solutions to create best-in-class user experience for customers. IoT India congress will also introduce thought leadership awards on IoT across 3-5 categories to honour the contribution of key industry luminaries who have played a pivotal role in Internet of Things (IoT). MCI will create a platform for organisations to meet with their potential customers and secure quality face time with business leaders and decision makers from the industry besides finding potential investors and partners for commercialisation of their IoT innovations.

The conference was announced to a select audience, on 20th May, 2016. Mr J.S. Deepak – Secretary, Department of Telecommunications, Government of India, the chief guest at the launch, unveiled the website and brochure of the conference. A panel discussion titled ‘Collaboration is the Mantra for IoT success in India’ was also organised as a part of the event featuring senior leaders from the industry. Dr. Rishi Bhatnagar – Chairman IET India IoT panel and President at Aeris Communications welcomed all to exciting times ahead with IoT in India at the launch event, which also had the Indian media in full swing. Given the extraordinary space that this conference occupies in today’s world, it was widely covered in the media compelling the business and technology world to sit up and take notice.

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MCI launches its 2015 Annual Report: Uniting People to Harness the power of Community

MCI’s approach to business in 2015 was driven primarily by a sustainability mandate. Sustainability in both, achieving business goals and the planet’s survival.

Our innovative sustainable event strategies and consulting drove most of the 24% growth in the past year, making us a truly global organization, committed to sustainable development.

The group delivered memorable experiences across 80 countries, engaging with 1.5 million delegates via 5100 projects.

MCI’s annual growth exceeded the company’s expectation in 2015, where its three key drivers, Meetings & Events showed a growth of 21% and Professional Congress Organization (PCO) grew by 14%, while Association Management & Consulting (AM&C) grew organically following the acquisition of Coulter Companies.

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Here’s a snapshot of our proud milestones for the year 2015.

  • 7 new offices opened, bringing global presence to 60 offices in 31 countries
  • 5,100 projects delivered in 81 countries
  • 26 awards received
  • 21 hybrid events conducted
  • New partnerships explored with Expedia, Emirates and Higher Logic
  • Growing presence in the United Sates
  • 85 projects for Fortune 500 companies

Experience MCI’s growth through 2015 in a dynamic digital version here

MCI awarded the prestigious ‘Project ICARUS Sustainability Gold Medal’ by the GBTA Foundation

Geneva, 16 February 2016

The MCI Group has been awarded with the prestigious ‘Project ICARUS Sustainability Gold Medal’ by the GBTA Foundation, the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA).

MCI received accolade for its commitment to make sustainability a core function within its business, integrating sustainability into supply chain and talent management, and for demonstrating thought leadership through its client consulting engagements. MCI’s community programme and sustainability reporting were also hailed for marking a strong social legacy and driving transparency.

“I’m immensely proud that MCI has been awarded with the Project ICARUS Gold Medal,” said Guy Bigwood, MCI Group Sustainability Director. “We have over 60 sustainability champions worldwide that are working incredibly hard to transform our processes, and engaging and enrolling their colleagues, peers and suppliers in our sustainability vision.

“This award recognises their great achievement and inspires us to improve further, while collaborating with our suppliers and industry partners to continue widening our scope to make a positive impact.”

MCI now joins an elite group of winners including the Intercontinental Hotels Group, United Airlines, Starwood, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and British Airways.

MCI has developed a growing expertise in the sustainability and energy sector, organising over 700 events since 2010 with organisations such as the United Nations, Global Reporting Initiative and Sustainable Business to lead events on diversity, water and conservation.

MCI also has a business unit devoted to supporting Business Travel and Events clients and suppliers, offering consultative services to destinations, venues, corporations and institutions on how to engage and activate their stakeholders on environmental, social and ethical issues.

“Responsible Business is one of the foundations of MCI’s brand and culture,” explained Sebastien Tondeur, MCI Chief Executive Officer. “Our talented team are catalysts for change and MCI has become part of the global sustainability movement. I’m proud that we are using our skills, voice and relationships to leave a positive legacy and reducing our environmental footprint around the world.”

MCI’s latest award achievement builds on its two ICARUS awards for its sustainability work, presented by the GBTA in 2015. This marks a total of 19 awards that MCI has won for its innovation, leadership and commitment to sustainable business.

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Events industry needs sustainability focus, says MCI’s Guy Bigwood

Following the Sustainable Brands conference in Copenhagen on Wednesday (9 February), Guy Bigwood, group sustainability director at MCI spoke to C&IT about the lack of awareness in the events industry.

MCI's Guy Bigwood
MCI’s Guy Bigwood

Are event planners doing enough to communicate sustainability agendas through events?

The simple answer is no, they’re not. There are so many brands doing amazing things within sustainability, but that hasn’t been translated to meetings and events. There’s a huge missed opportunity, because people don’t understand the value of their own events to communicate, educate and inspire their staff.

What needs to change?

I think there is change coming in, but it’s happening at the bottom level. What we need is for event planners at the top to be infiltrating their organisation’s sustainability strategies throughout the company. It needs to become one of their goals to make it tangible for the organisation, and for everyone to get involved.

How can we incorporate sustainability into events?

People who work outside the sustainability department just don’t have enough of an idea of what happens and how brands can remain sustainable. We need to make it easy for people, so it becomes second nature and they do it automatically. You need to look at both the sustainability of the event itself and how you use that to drive the focus throughout the business and educate staff. We’ve done more than 700 events about sustainability and it’s a key part of who we are. Every day we challenge our own staff and our clients to go further. Coming to Denmark is fantastic, because they really understand the importance of sustainability.



Global Satisfaction Index (GSI)

Enhance relevance and perception in key markets

Global Satisfaction Index (GSI)

MCI launched the first edition of the Global Satisfaction Index (GSI) in partnership with the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE).

The aim of the GSI was to encourage US based associations to more strategically consider customer viewpoints and member perspectives while addressing questions of relevance and ROI for professional communities outside the US.

Download the report to:

  • Understand what is important to professional communities outside the US
  • Benchmark the association’s performance against the overall standard
  • Explore winning strategies to enhance relevance and perception in key markets

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Image of the Week: Making an Inclusive Tomorrow – World Down Syndrome Congress 2015


Earlier this year, we were proud to work with Down Syndrome International (DSi) on the management and marketing of the 12th World Down Syndrome Congress, held in Chennai, India.

The event’s objective was to create a knowledge and experience sharing platform to benefit individuals with Down Syndrome and their extended support system.

Making noise on social media 

MCI also worked with organisers on a digital strategy to excite attendees and create a buzz around the event and its key messages. This included a ‘Different but Same – Odd Socks Day’ campaign to celebrate the extraordinary lives of people with Down Syndrome and the challenges they face in acceptance of their differences.

Over the course of the congress, the event’s official hashtag #WDSC2015 reached over 1.5 million people, with over 3,000  engagements and almost 2,000 posts.

Bollywood dancing & inspiring activities

Fun activities were planned for both adults and children with Down Syndrome, including a Bollywood dance along (main picture) and a concert from ‘Emotions 21’ – an inspiring band whose members all have Down Syndrome.


WDS_blogOver 500 delegates from 37 countries

With over 500 national and international delegates representing 37 countries, the congress saw interactive scientific and social programmes consisting of keynote addresses, panel discussions and workshops catering to the needs of all delegates – including health, educational, and research practitioners, policy makers, families and most importantly, individuals with Down Syndrome.

Delegates praised the conference, noting it was significant and enriching in the manner in which awareness was created.


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To learn more about this event, or to discuss how we can build awareness for your health association and its mission, contact us on

MCI voted as number one business events agency in Asia Pacific

Geneva, 08 December 2015. MCI Asia Pacific has been awarded the Best Business Events Agency title by Asia’s leading corporate events publication, CEI Asia, at the 2016 CEI Readers’ Choice Awards.

CEI’s annual industry survey spotlights the elite in business events from across the region, chosen solely by its readers.

MCI’s latest accolade illustrates its commitment to drive business results and deliver innovative solutions and services to clients in the Asia Pacific region and worldwide.

“We are honoured to be awarded the number one spot as the Best Business Events Agency in the CEI Readers’ Choice Awards by CEI Asia,” said  Oscar Cerezales, Chief Operating Officer of MCI Asia Pacific. “We are proud that our tremendous capabilities in Asia Pacific have been recognised with this prestigious win.

“After landing second place in the awards last year, our team in the Asia Pacific region has worked tirelessly to build on our success. It has also reinforced the fact that our clients and customers continuously need and expect innovative approaches and solutions.”

The MCI Asia Pacific team, with nearly 450 employees, is based in 13 offices in Australia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and South Korea.

It delivers a range of services including professional congress organization, association management and consulting, performance improvement, meetings and events, and creative production and communication.

For more information please contact:

Sylvia Andre                                                                         

MCI Group Marketing & Communications Director                                                                                         

+41 (0) 79 637 37 54


MCI is the world’s largest provider of strategic engagement and activation solutions and has been a key driver of innovation in the meetings, events, association and congress industries since 1987. Through creative live experiences and digitization, globalization, brand enhancement and content strategies, MCI helps multinational companies and international associations enhance organizational performance, grow globally, energize communities and drive business results. An independent, privately held company with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, MCI’s 1,800 professionals in 60 cities and 31 countries help clients across Europe, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, India, the Middle East and Africa unlock their potential and deliver real change. Find out more at


CEI Asia’s annual industry survey has showcased the best in business events for the past 15 years, as chosen by its readers. The awards provide valuable insights into the destinations, hotels, bureaus and event agencies that buyers and event planners from across the region consider to be their preferred choices

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