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1. Differentiation is Value

The best way to stand out from a crowded market is to be different and tap into a smaller, unstructured segment of the market.

Conferences are like the Internet in the way they can tap into a specific niche and address customers who are looking for a community, a place and a message that resonate with their own life or business.

An important way for tech events to differentiate themselves is to cover a new topic or an emerging trend. Anybody starting a conference on Drones or Artificial Intelligence will be able to serve several industries at the same time and bring value to a community that still needs guidance on what its weirdness is about.

This is the role of Field Configuring Events as defined by Lampel and Meyer:

Field-Configuring Events (FCEs) are temporary social organizations such as tradeshows, professional gatherings, technology contests, and business ceremonies that encapsulate and shape the development of professions, technologies, markets, and industries. They are settings in which people from diverse organizations and with diverse purposes assemble periodically, or on a one-time basis, to announce new products, develop industry standards, construct social networks, recognize accomplishments, share and interpret information, and transact business.

2. Support your Ecosystem

Highlighting a local ecosystem is the most efficient way to help startups grow. As a matter of fact, this is the starting point of any important conference and one of the key drivers to success of accelerators and meetups. Making their own ecosystem thrive... (More)