MeetingsTech Roundtable 2021

Event technology thought leaders discuss lessons learned over the past 18 months.



This event took place Sept. 15, 2021.

Event technology thought leaders discussed lessons learned over the past 18 months and the trends they see shaping our industry’s future tech.

The pandemic caused us to rethink the way we communicate and gather, and some brilliant innovation resulted in the meetings technology space. Some we adopted out of necessity; now, we’re at a watershed moment as to how we move forward.

Here we look closely at the technology we’ve embraced over the last 18 months and examine which uses have worked and which have failed. More importantly, what benefits can we retain as we move into what will hopefully be a post-pandemic phase? And how can we address the challenges of moving now to a hybrid format that combines the best of in-person and virtual events?

Watch this wide-ranging and thought-provoking discussion with some of the best-known thought leaders in the event technology space, as we address these successes and failures, next steps and predictions. 


Earns 1 Hour of CMP Credit




dahlia-el-gazzarDahlia El Gazzar

Tech Evangelist and Principal

DAHLIA+ Agency

Dahlia has an OMG attitude about all things tech and audience engagement solutions. With more than a decade of experience in the meetings and events sector, working on both the professional planning side and as an association collaborator, Dahlia is known as the coffee-fueled go-to source for event tech insight, virtual and hybrid meeting solutions, and social media expertise. 

marco-giberti-nmgMarco Giberti

Founder and CEO

Vesuvio Ventures

Marco is a successful entrepreneur and investor with more than 25 years of intensive experience as cofounder and CEO in media, technology and the events industry companies. In this capacity, he sits on a number of boards of directors as well as on advisory boards and he assists cofounders and CEOs in consultative capacities to help drive business planning, growth and strategy. Marco is founder and CEO of Vesuvio Ventures, providing early stage entrepreneurs access to coaching, partnerships, advisory and capital.

cathy-song-novelliCathy Song Novelli

SVP of Marketing and Communications


Cathy Song Novelli is the SVP of Marketing and Communications at Hubilo, where she oversees all global marketing and communications for the brand. Cathy has spent the last two decades in marketing, advertising, and media, including past executive and leadership roles at Rakuten, Quantcast, Pandora, Yahoo, and MySpace.


michael-shapiro-headshotMichael J. Shapiro

Executive Editor
Northstar Meetings Group

Michael has covered the transformative effects of technology on meetings and travel for more than a dozen years at Northstar, where he also plays a key role in developing content around topical industry trends, hospitality, and a wide variety of destinations. He is a writer, editor, photographer and recently returned expat, following a lengthy stay in Guadalajara — aka the Silicon Valley of Mexico.