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  • Virtual Smart Cities & Sport Summit -- Conferences & Conventions


    (ATR) This year’s Smart Cities & Sport Summit will be 100 percent virtual and free for all city entities.

    (Smart Cities & Sport)
    Organizers say the summit, which will be held on Oct. 27-28, 2020, will be streamed via a dedicated online platform and will be available live and in replay.

    Forums will be open for discussions among the attendees.

    The sessions will be offered at three different times throughout the day to maximize the number of people who can join live and take part in the discussions as they take place.

    The available times are from 09:00-11:00, 13:00-15:00 and 18:00-20:00 CET. Discussion forums will remain open after sessions.

    For the first time, the Smart Cities & Sport Marketplace will be run as an online forum which will open one week ahead the Summit and be available throughout. This will allow cities and international federations to get in touch and arrange meetings at their convenience in order to share their ambitions regarding the hosting of future events.

    Register here to receive free login details and to be informed of the Marketplace’s early opening.

    Youth Sports Summit Goes Virtual

    The 9th annual Youth Sports Summit, being held this year as a virtual event, began on Sept. 9.

    It will continue over the next four consecutive Wednesdays through Oct. 7.

    The LA84 Foundation has joined with the Play Equity Fund in presenting this year’s edition, which consists of a series of online panel conversations with sports leaders who are committed to closing the play equity gap.

    The kick off discussion was on sport and social justice with a new topic for each of the next four weeks after that. The final conversation will be held on Oct. 7. Each one is scheduled to run for 75 minutes, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Pacific time (1730 GMT).

    The other topics will focus on athletes, coaches, leveling the playing field, and women’s sports.

    Click here to register for any or all of the remaining sessions.

    Soccerex Connected 2020

    Soccerex will be bringing together 2000 stakeholders from around the world to discuss the challenges of the pandemic via a dedicated online platform.

    Described as "the meeting place for the global football community to chart the ongoing course through the ‘new normal’", Soccerex Connected 2020 will be held from Sept, 21-25.

    The Soccerex Connected platform will include a virtual expo area, SoccerMatch networking sessions and a number of other networking solutions.

    Click here to sign up.

    SportAccord Seeks Host Cities

    SportAccord officially begins the search process for future host cities for both its World Sport & Business Summit and Regional SportAccord events.
    Ekaterinburg, Russia hosts the 2021 SportAccord. (AIBA)

    Interested cities are invited to submit an application for any future SportAccord World Sport & Business Summit beginning with the 2022 edition.

    Those interested in hosting Regional SportAccord events in any year through 2023 are also welcome to apply. Applications will be considered to host a dedicated Regional SportAccord for Europe, Asia, Africa or Oceania, as well as Pan America. The first Regional SportAccord was for Pan America and it was held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in December.

    Each Bid City Application Form should be submitted along with a formal Letter of Commitment that has been signed on behalf of the prospective host city.

    More information and the bid form for SportAccord World Sport & Business Summit can be found here and for Regional SportAccord here.

    “We have already received numerous expressions of interest regarding future editions of both of these industry-leading events from prospective host cities from across the globe,” said Nis Hatt, Managing Director, SportAccord, in a statement.

    “We are focusing on the future with great optimism, with the highly anticipated World Sport & Business Summit 2021 in Ekaterinburg serving as a significant signpost, and we look forward to receiving formal applications in the coming weeks and months for events that will support a bright new chapter for the international sports movement.”

    SportAccord 2021 will be held from May 23-28 at the IEC Ekaterinburg-Expo in the Russian city.

    Two Versions of Esports Venue Summit

    The inaugural Esports Venue Summit will be offered in both live and virtual formats in October.

    Twickenham Stadium will host the live version of Esports Venue Summit 2020. (Flickr)
    Organizers describe the new forum as the only one dedicated solely to esports venues and spaces.

    The live event will be held at London’s Twickenham Stadium, the home of England rugby, on Oct. 21-22. It will feature nine sessions over the two days and will include six periods for networking, including an evening reception on the first day.

    The virtual version will run from Oct. 26-29. It will include two live Q&As with a selection of speakers from the live event as well as new guests. Those choosing the virtual option will be able to replay the live sessions from the week before and download material and videos where available.

    Registration for both the live and virtual summits is now open. Early bird rates saving 40 percent on the standard delegate fees are available here through Sept. 18.

    Should the live event be canceled, those who have purchased the live summit delegate pass will be able to either transfer their pass to the next available live event or use it for the virtual event with the cost difference being refunded.

    Written by Gerard Farek

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