Mindvalley University Named ECBs “Conference of the Year”
The Estonian Convention Bureau’s annual ‘Conference of the Year’ awards ceremony took place in Tallinn on Tuesday.
The event, held at the Proto Discovery Centre in Tallinn, revealed the winners in four categories.
The Conference of the Year award in the category of over 300 participants was presented to Mindvalley University, a three-week self-development-themed educational summer university programme. The event brought 1830 participants, 1647 of them from abroad, to the Tallinn Creative Hub in July 2022.
The Conference of the Year award in the category of under 300 participants went to The European Museums Annual Conference and Awards Gala. The event is the largest and most notable event in the museum sector and took place in 2022 in Tartu at the Estonian National Museum.
The Corporate Event of the Year category was won by Wise Days 22 – a summer event in Estonia for employees of Wise, a global technology company. A total of almost 2,000 Wisers attended the event, including a number of employees from Wise’s other offices in the UK, Hungary, Singapore, the USA and Brazil.
The Most Innovative Conference Solution award was given to the international research conference Evolving Challenges in European Economies (ECEE). The conference-summer school series has been organised in Tallinn for 15 years in cooperation with Tallinn University of Technology, the Bank of Estonia and US-based scientific organisations.
The City of Tallinn also presented a special award to Wise Days 22 for organising an outstandingly sustainable event for its 1900 participants.
Eight deserving individuals were also recognised with the Tallinn Conference Ambassador certificate for bringing international conferences to Tallinn. The winners include Tiia Vihand, Director of the Estonian Design Centre; Maksim Jenihhin, Tiit Lukk and Peeter Müürsepp from Tallinn University of Technology, Monika Mortimer from the Institute of Chemical and Biological Physics, Katrin Kullasepp, Helen Geršman, Lisa Indraccolo from Tallinn University.
Kadri Karu, CEO of the Estonian Conference Bureau, said Estonia is becoming an increasingly popular conference destination. “Tallinn’s compactness and the entrepreneurial work of our professionals have brought us top events in our field, and Tallinn has received a lot of international attention. International conferences have showcased Estonia’s achievements around the world, increased our visibility as a centre of excellence in different fields, helped to establish professional, scientific and business contacts that are beneficial to Estonia, and brought economic benefits to our entrepreneurs.”
The Estonian Conference Bureau (ECB) has been recognizing the most significant international events in Estonia since 2011 through its Conference of the Year awards. These awards aim to celebrate conferences that have brought immense benefits not only to the organizers but also to Estonian conference tourism service providers and the Estonian state as a whole.
This year, the competition received 33 applications, and the winners were selected through a vote by the members of the Estonian Conference Bureau. The awards ceremony was hosted by Joosep Vimm, Deputy Mayor of Tallinn, and Ott Sarapuu, Chairman of the Board of the Estonian Conference Bureau.