Meet the judges

  • The judging panel

    Our panel will include leading industry experts in international events technology:

  • Corbin Ball

    Corbin Ball Associates - Meetings Technology Headquarters - ibtm world Technology and Innovation Watch Chairman

    Corbin Ball is an international speaker, consultant and writer helping clients worldwide use technology to save time and improve productivity. With 20 years of experience running international technology meetings, he now is a highly acclaimed speaker with the ability to make complex subjects understandable and fun.

    Michelle Bruno

    President of Bruno Group Signature Events

    Michelle Bruno is a writer, blogger and content strategist. She is President of Bruno Group Signature Events, a content-marketing firm for the event industry. She also writes about social media, technology and innovation at Fork in the Road blog ( and publishes the Event Tech Brief newsletter (

  • Stefania Conti-Vecchi

    Founder and CEO at EVENTagist

    Stefania organises meetings applying the most innovative strategies and solutions. Specialised on Meeting Architecture, new technologies and marketing topics, her expertise ranges on hybrid meetings, social media and on the web and mobile tools that can facilitate the life of meeting professionals.

    Dahlia El Gazzar

    Founder of DAHLIA+ Inc.

    Dahlia has an OMG-attitude about tech and practical solutions. With more than a decade of experience in the meetings industry, Dahlia has held roles on the planner side as well as on the supplier side. She has been known in the events industry as the 'go-to' source for tech news, and solutions for the busy event professionals.

  • Padraic Gilligan

    Managing Partner at SoolNua

    Padraic Gilligan is currently Managing Parter at SoolNua, a boutique consultancy offering another viewpoint for meetings and events. He holds BA and MA degrees in Italian and English literature from University College Dublin and a post graduate diploma in Marketing from Boston College.

    Paul Hussey

    Director at The Conference Doctor

    Paul Hussey is a business development director for BSI, handling over £50m of conference and event business annually. The agency is at the forefront of combining technology with talent to drive best value in the MICE arena for its clients.

  • Ruud Janssen

    Founder of | co-founder EMG

    Ruud is an international speaker, facilitator and designer of high stakes conferences & events. He is the founder of TNOC | The New Objective Collective and co-founder of Event Model Generation. He helps organisations innovate by thinking differently based on functional, social and technological advancements using business and event model innovation.

    James Morgan

    Founder of Event Tech Lab

    James is the Co-founder of Event Tech Lab and a Senior Lecturer in Tourism and Events at the University of Westminster. He also volunteers for the International Special Events Society and currently manages the EMEA region as the Affiliate Chair EMEA.  James is a respected speaker, writer and awards judge.

  • Julius Solaris

    Founder and Editor of EventMB

    Julius Solaris is the editor of He is an international speaker and author of The Event App Bible, Engaging Events, Social Media for Events, The Good Event Registration Guide and The Annual Event Trends Report.

  • Contact us

    To find out more about the ibtm world Technology and Innovation Watch please get in touch with:

    Alison Roigard - Content Strategy Manager
    T: +44 (0)208 8439 5471

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