The Conference Awards 2018 took place on Friday 29 June 2018 at City Central at the HAC.
Now the largest gathering of conference professionals in the UK, the Conference Awards recognise, celebrate and encourage achievement in conference & events. They salute and acknowledge attainment within an industry that is continuously evolving and re-drawing the boundaries of best practice.
Established for 9 years, the awards represent the pinnacle of professional achievement for event professionals. The Conference Awards claim that “to win a Conference Award you will have been endorsed by our illustrious panel of the foremost industry professionals which is a sure-fire signifier of your formidable credentials.”
AutoSens was shortlisted for the “Best Conference by a Small Company” award category, up against Content London; Evenco International Fund Forum – Madrid; Energy Live Expo; Festival of Media LatAm 2017; Downstream Caspian and Central Asia 2017; Legal Geek Conference and Cx Congress.
At the ceremony in London AutoSens was recognised with the Silver Award for “Best Conference by a Small Company” which is a huge honor for us to receive. The trophy has pride of place in the office for all to see.
Rob Stead commented “Winning this silver Award is a great accolade for us as a business, it’s reassuring to know that those within the industry see value in what we are producing and it was a great feeling to celebrate with the other winners last Friday. Bringing the trophy home to the office gives me a great sense of pride in what we have achieved, but watch out, we’ll be gunning for Gold in 2019!”
AutoSens was the first event organised by Sense Media Group, having previously worked on events in digital imaging, MD Robert Stead saw an opportunity in the high growth, dynamic sector of autonomous vehicle technology. Supported by a technical advisory board, Rob created AutoSens upon recognising that the event’s target audience needed a meeting place for academic and industrial technologists working on vehicle perception technologies, to address technical challenges that go beyond commercial sales.
Comments from the judges included, “Good identification of a gap in the market. Impressive results were shown with 450 attendees which is ahead of the expected amount (3-4 years). They seem to approach the event in a very thoughtful and planned way to maximise the content integrity. The statistics back up an impressive year on year growth. The event looked good on the highlights video and the use of stats on the supporting docs was easy to read. The event collateral also looked good solid information.”
“Liked campaign for diversity, like profit margin, impressive statistics.”
“Impressive results from such a small initial capital outlay!”
“A very well written proposal – gets straight to the point with outstanding achievements highlighted in an easy to digest section on targets. Four-year financial targets were met in year two. The proposal clearly sets out the objectives gives clear examples and substantiation and delivers results. The whole strategy has been well considered after identifying a gap in the market. Although the event is targeted at techies there is a clear strategy built around helping to support a wider community associated with technical advancement. And a will to help the industry by introducing a set of technical standards. They also encouraged a female audience to participate in the event. A very professional team with a well-developed product.”