How to create an award-winning entry?

A clear and well-presented entry submission is the key to standing out to the Bea World Jury. But how to make sure that your entry maximises your project in order to win the Best Event Awards?

In this video, Salvatore Sagone, president and founder of Bea World Festival, explains how to create an entry that is worthy of your best work.

Watch it carefully, follow these simple tips, and you’ll have more chances to win!

Enter your best projects by 31 July, before the entry fee goes up, and join the event’s world championship!

Interview to Navneeth Mohan, Ceo of Laqshya Live Experiences

Awards received by Laqshya Live Experiences (India):

Google home training for Google


Equal streets for Times of India


Zero waste management for Capgemini


Yoga by the bay for Times of India

– BEST PUBLIC EVENT – Silver Award

Laqshya Live Experiences (India)



The Bea World Grand Prix 2018 goes to Google Home Training by Laqshya Live Experiences!

The prestigious Bea World Grand Prix 2018 goes to an Educational/Training Event from India. This was also the first year of the Best Location Awards, assigned to Valencia Convention Bureau and Finlandia Hall. The perfect ending for a record-breaking edition of a 3-day Festival that gathered the most influential community of event professionals from across the world.

November 26th, 2018. The ‘Oscars’ of the events have finally been unveiled. Last Friday night Bea World Festival celebrated its 13th edition awarding the best events of the year worldwide. A parade of excellences shined on the stage of the Grand Auditorium at Convento São Francisco in Coimbra, where over 700 delegates attended the ceremony.

The global contest reserved for events and live communication professionals was once again an exceptional opportunity to receive qualified visibility at an international level. After a full day of live presentations and voting, and very intense debate, the Jury Panel led by Gerd De Bruycker, Marketing Director at Cisco Systems was able to proclaim the winners of 2018, a year with three records established: in terms of entries (303 total submissions, +2.4% compared to last year), competing agencies (122, +10.9% compared to 2017) and countries represented (28).

The Bea World Grand Prix 2018 went to Google Home Training an event by Laqshya Live Experiences (India) for Google. When Google Home was launched in India, the first aim was to launch the product to the sales-staff that needed to know the product first-hand. The event replicated the ‘Escape Room’ format: without prior notice, mobile phones and devices were taken away from the attendees before they entered the venue, and all exits sealed. The only way out of the event was by navigating the training with the help of Google Home. No one could enter, no one leave – till the mission was accomplished 100% with a combination of quick-thinking and problem-solving. A suite at the hotel was done up to look like a Google Home. From the minute the 25 people (per event) walked in, everything from lighting, technical, to the training modules had to be controlled using the Google Home device till they figured out for themselves how the product works and how they could leave the room.

“The Jury decided to award this project with the Grand Prix because of its excellency in all its components” motivated Jury President Gerd De Bruycker. “After identifying the target audience by using data analytics and insights about the market, Laqshya Live Experiences came up with a very creative and fun idea and a flawless execution, paying great attention to business results”.

Mercedes #24RIDE produced by JAD Productions (Czech Republic) for Mercedes-Benz Cars Ceská Republika got the second place, while the bronze went to Equal Streets, again by Laqshya Live Experiences for Times of India. Laqshya Live Experiences also won the title of Best Bea World Event Agency while the title of Best Bea World Corporate Client went to Google and Mercedes-Benz Cars Ceská Republika (ex aequo).

The Best B2C Event <€500,000 Marco Category Award went to VM I DØDS – World Championship in “Death Dive” – Belly Flop jumping by 6.Sans (Norway). The Best B2C Event >€500,000 Marco Category Award was assigned to “Light up the FIFA World Cup” experiential activation, produced by Wink (The Netherlands) for Budweiser, Anheuser-Busch InBev, while the Best B2B Event >€500,000 Macro Category Award went to Cisco Live 2018, produced by George P. Johnson (United Kingdom).

The Time is Now by The Story Group-Born to Tell Your Story (Italy) for BTicino won a Special Mention for Best Creativity while the Press Award was assigned to Event Horizon 2018 by HiveWise & Media Apparat (Austria) for GridSingularity-Gsy.

The People’s Choice Award, assigned through a popular vote carried out via the mobile app, went to the 29th Summer Universiade Taipei 2017 – Opening Ceremony (Taiwan) by Interplan Group (Lead Agency) & Elements Entertainment (Consultant for Creation & Production) for the client Taipei City Government.

“This is our first international award and a proof that we are doing an amazing and creative work”, said Navneeth Mohan, Ceo of Laqshya Live Experiences. His agency entered 4 events, all of which were shortlisted to receive a total of 7 awards. “The Best Event Awards are an opportunity to compare our work and it is great to realise that a country like India is doing projects up to the international standards. We really thank our clients who trusted in a young agency like ours and all the team who worked so hard to make this happen.”

Winners were also proclaimed in 15 event categories and 4 feature categories. It is possible to check all entries and winners on Bea World website.

All Jury members, chosen among corporate event and marketing managers from a representative range of sectors and countries, plus senior representatives of event agencies’ associations from different countries in the world, committed to abide by a Code of Ethics. The result was a transparent, live and face-to face competition that avoided conflicts between Jury members and candidates, by preventing jurors from corporations to vote for a project from their own company and jurors from associations to vote for projects from their own country.

2018 saw also the launch of the first ever Best Location Awards. “Our commitment is to increase the culture of events and live communication worldwide, enhancing all aspects of the value chain”, explained Salvatore Sagone, President and Ceo of ADC Group and Founder of Bea World Festival. “For this reason, launched this year the Best Location Awards, aware as we are that the venue and destination play a fundamental role in the success of any event”. A selected Jury comprising senior representatives of national associations of events agencies from around the world thus assigned the title of Best Destination Convention Bureau to Valencia Convention Bureau (Spain) while Finlandia Hall (Finland) won the Best Congress/Conference/Convention Venue Award.

The ceremony, inspired by the theme ‘Creative Thinking – The Art of Breaking Routines’, was hosted by world-famous Portuguese illusionist Luis de Matos – winner of several important prizes such as the ‘Magician of the year’ (Hollywood Academy of Magical Arts) – who also entertained the audience with his magic.

“We are living a great time full of opportunities for the event industry. Live communication is indeed becoming more and more relevant in the media mix in terms of investments”, said Salvatore Sagone. “This is happening because a new kind of relationship between brands and consumers requires an emotional relationship. Event professionals have therefore to be proud of their job that has a great future, as I am of Bea World Festival that this year has registered another record-breaking edition. And I am strongly convinced that it will grow even bigger in the next future”.

Bea World Festival is an initiative by ADC Group and it is made possible thanks to the collaboration of APECATE, the association that gathers and represents the Portuguese companies of Congresses, Events and Tourism Animation, along with the institutional support of Tourism of Portugal, Tourism of Central Portugal and Coimbra City Council. Bea World 2019 will be held in Istanbul, Turkey.


Spotlight on Bea World Festival 2018, get a Free Digital Pass to follow the event in Live Streaming

Can’t you join us in Coimbra? Don’t miss the unique opportunity to follow the live presentations of the shortlisted events and the educational programme. To get your personalized link, register here.

November 19th, 2018. The countdown has begun. Bea World Festival – Where Creativity Meets Business is your once-in-a-year opportunity to stay up-to-date with the changing landscape of live communication. Your unique chance to see the world’s best-in-class events, compare your work to that of the competition, develop your business and learn all you need from leading experts for your future success.

If you cannot join us in Coimbra, this year you have the unique opportunity to follow in live streaming the live presentations of the shortlisted events and the educational programme by simply registering on the dedicated platform.

By clicking here you will find a form to fill in and, starting from Wednesday, November 21, you will receive your personalized link to follow the live streaming.

Live presentations will take place on November 22nd at Convento Sao Francisco in Coimbra. The following day, on November 23rd, in the same venue, the participants will join a rich educational programme.

Through the live streaming, you will have the chance to follow the plenary sessions held in the Mondego Room and hosted by Peter Hopwood, Global Speaking and Impact Coach & International Conference Host and founder of Hopwood Communications. Enjoy this passionate communicator and motivator with a delightful dose of British charm, and experience his unique knack of keeping an audience entertained and informed. His warm energetic hosting skills are in high demand from Dubai to Amsterdam, Berlin to Shanghai helping make conferences look, sound and feel great.

You never know, he could be shaping the stage at your next event!

Discover the whole programme of the live streaming:

Thursday, November 22

Live from Room 3 – Sofia

8.45-10.50 Live presentations – Part I (Convention, Macro B2C > 500K, Media Event)
Coffee break – Video loop of shortlisted events
Live presentations – Part II (Product/Service Launch Event)
Lunch time – Interviews to nominees and video loop of shortlisted events
Live presentations – Part III (Product/Service Launch Event, Trade Show, Use of Technology)

Friday, November 23

Live from Room 1 – Mondego

09.00-09.40 Welcome to Bea World 2018. Creative Thinking – the Art of Breaking Routines
Salvatore Sagone
, Co-founder & President at ADC Group, Founder of Bea World Festival
Ana Fernandes
, Vice President at APECATE & General Producer of Bea World 2018
Patrick Roubroeks
, Founding Director at Xsaga, Bea World Grand Prix Winner 2017

09.40-10.15 The curse of knowing. How what we know keeps us from seeing the solutions
Tuija Seipell
, Keynote Speaker, International Business Consultant, Editor at

10.15-10.50 Make content great again! How conferences can turn into inspiring festivals
Jeannine Koch
, Director at re:publica

10.50-11.20 Coffee break – video loop of shortlisted events

11.20-11.55 Four Pillars of a Customer-First Event Transformation Through the Power of Data
Gerd De Bruycker
, Marketing Director at Cisco Systems

11.55-12.25 Panel: Globalization. A Blessing or Curse?
Sabbas Joseph
, Director at Wizcraft
Jeannine Koch
, Director at re:publica
Claudia van’t Hullenaar
, Founder Sustained Impact
Maayke Konemann
, Relationship Marketing at ING Bank
Charles Bahr
, Founder tubeconnect media

12.25-13 Space Travel, Now and Then. Between Chances and Coincidences
Laura Winterling
, Former Astronaut Instructor, ESA and CEO of Space Time Concepts

13.00-15.00 Lunch time – Interviews to nominees and video loop of shortlisted events

15.00-15.45 Live Communication as a Driver for a Better World
Claudia van´t Hullenaar
, Founder, Sustained Impact

15.45-16.15 Coffee break – video loop of shortlisted events

16.15-17.00 To Attract a Gen Z Customer, Ask a Gen Z Customer. How Communication Works in the Era of Social Natives
Charles Bahr
, Founder tubeconnect media

To learn more about the above-mentioned sessions, check the agenda of November 23.

And… Don’t make any plans for the evening! From 21.00 to 23.00 join the long awaited Best Event and Best Location Awards Ceremony to find out all the winners, by following it in live streaming on our official Facebook page.

The Festival is an initiative by ADC Group and it is made possible thanks to the collaboration of APECATE, the association that gathers and represents the Portuguese companies of Congresses, Events and Tourism Animation, along with the institutional support of Tourism of Portugal, Tourism of Central Portugal and Coimbra City Council.

The live streaming is powered by Bea World partner Primo Round.

Meet NetworkTables at Bea World Festival! is a 3-year award-winning software tool for event organizers to help their attendees meet relevant people at their events. The tool shows you who else is sitting at or attending dinner tables, roundtable discussions, and workshops, so that you can pick the best spot based on who you want to meet and what interests you the most. Additionally, the tool lets attendees schedule 1-on-1 meetings using an algorithm that creates meeting time schedules that avoid conflicts in agendas and results in larger amounts of meetings. Attendees can do all this without having to download an app or create a profile, as the tool is seamlessly integrated with event ticketing tools.

The beautiful thing is that you’re already familiar with the tool yourself! Bea World is using it to boost your networking success during the Star-Talk & Lunch sessions, Pick-a-Brain meetings and 1-on-1s with exhibitors during coffee breaks.

You can get a taste of last year’s result by watching the case study video and you can read exactly how Star-Talk & Lunch sessions, Pick-a-Brain meetings and 1-on-1s with exhibitors work by reading this article.

If you want to know how NetworkTables can be applied to your events, feel free to schedule a meeting with the NetworkTables team by filling out this form or to meet them at Bea World Festival in the Expo Area.

Bea World Festival presents the 2018 educational programme: “Creative Thinking – The Art of Breaking Routines”

Two uplifting days, full of networking opportunities and knowledge transfer with leading experts of the events industry

Bea World Festival – Where Creativity Meets Business is a once-in-a-year opportunity to stay up-to-date with the changing landscape of events and live communication: a great opportunity to learn from experts and industry leaders, to see the world’s best-in-class events live and network with peers and influencers.

A full day of live presentations of the shortlisted events before a jury composed of corporate event planners, will inspire participants on November 22nd. During the programme on November 23rd, delegates will build their personalised agenda mapped to their individual specializations and needs and will be able to choose from uplifting keynotes, practical sessions, unconventional and interactive expert sessions and hands-on workshops.
«In a global and digital world we experience rapid changes. New technologies and practices are introduced and what we learned yesterday usually becomes obsolete by the time we’re ready to start applying it to our job. It is a life-long learning process and we have to focus on developing creative skills that are crucial in adapting to this ever-changing reality», explains Ilka Dzeik, Senior Partner of the Event ROI Institute and strategic advisor of Bea World Festival. «We call this “Creative Thinking – The Art of Breaking Routines”, others call it innovation, mainly it is all about making new connections between existing ideas. Inspired by this theme, we want participants to build communities and to find ways to look at and solve problems from a different perspective, avoiding orthodox solutions and thinking outside the box to innovate their events.
Morning highlights include a keynote by Tuija Seipell, a Canadian speaker, business advisor, entrepreneur and editor of Her opening address will drive participants to look for their own blind spots in order to identify customer-centric solutions that will drive business loyalty in a globalised, yet localised world.
Jeannine Koch, the Director of Re:publica will provide insights into the most successful and inspiring festival for the digital society. Gerd de Bruycker, Marketing Director at Cisco Systems, will explain how data can help to steer towards a user-centric marketing approach and a more personalised experience. In a panel discussion, experts from different disciplines will discuss the impact of globalisation and increasing regulations on our flexibility and agility to adapt to this ever-changing world. Finally Laura Winterling, astronaut instructor at ESA and CEO at Space Time Concepts, will take participants on a trip to outer space and explore what creative thinking in space travel and space tourism really means.
Peter Hopwood, Global Speaking & Impact Coach, International Conference Host and Founder of Hopwood Communications, will moderate the morning keynotes.

In the afternoon, participants will have the opportunity to join Fireside Chats, Campfire Sessions and Hands-on Labs to extend their knowledge in interactive sessions and to collect ideas from best practices, case studies and innovative and practical concepts to solve live communication challenges.

Bea World Festival also offers a variety of facilitated networking opportunities. Through NetworkTables, the online solution for table seating, delegates will, for example, have the chance to decide whom they want to meet at lunch and reserve a seat at a hosted table to discuss a specific topic (“Star Talk & Lunch”). Or they can “Pick a Brain” and schedule a 15 minute 1-on-1 meeting with Bea World Jury members and speakers.

Bea World Festival will take place between November 21st and 24th, 2018, in Coimbra, in the Centre of Portugal.

More details on the Festival’s agenda are available here, while tickets can be bought here, directly from Bea World website.

The Festival is an initiative by ADC Group and it is made possible thanks to the collaboration of APECATE, the association that gathers and represents the Portuguese companies of Congresses, Events and Tourism Animation, along with the institutional support of Tourism of Portugal, Tourism of Central Portugal and Coimbra City Council.

Bea World 2018: the first jury members have been announced. A video-tutorial explains how to create an award-winning entry and impress the jury!

July 31 is the deadline to apply for the Best Event Awards with standard fee
and to benefit from the super early bird offer on Delegate Passes.


July 23th, 2018. The deadline to enter the 13th Best Event Awards benefiting from standard fees is drawing near. Until July 31, agencies can apply with the standard fee that will increase by €100 for each category starting from August 1.

Time enough to apply and create an entry able to maximise the project in the competition. Indeed, a clear and well-presented entry submission is the key to standing out to the Bea World Jury. Salvatore Sagone, President and Founder of Bea World Festival, explains in a video tutorial how to create an award-winning entry and get more chances to win. The video can be seen here.

As in previous years, nominees contesting for the renowned golden elephant awards will have the opportunity to showcase their projects live in front of a prestigious jury chaired by Gerd De Bruycker, Marketing Director Northern Europe at Cisco Systems. The Bea World Jury panel is the only one in the event awards’ scene composed by representatives of top corporate companies with international responsibilities plus senior representatives of national event agencies’ associations.

So far, 23 people have confirmed their participation in the jury:

– Eugenia Antonova, Head of Exhibition and Social Events Department at Gazprom Neft PJSC
– Alina Banasiak, Global Communication Manager at Moleskine
– Thomas Behres, Head of Communiation Events at Audi AG
– Bertrand Biard, President at Lévénement
– Tata Burduli, Head of Events at Georgian Football Association
– Cláudia Caetano, Vice-president of the Outdoor Leisure and Culture section of APECATE
 Paulo Campos Costa, Global Brand, Marketing and Communications Director of EDP – Energia de Portugal SA
 Beatrice Carli Moretti, External Relations Southern Europe at GSK Consumer Health Care
– Andrea Danihelova, Head of Communication Department and Spokesperson at VSE Holding / Innogy CEE
 Alain De Greef, Head of Sponsoring & Events at BNP Paribas Fortis SA/NV
 Andrea Faflíková, Senior Brand Relations & Events Manager responsible for REEMEA at The Lego Group
– Francesca Gianesin, Vice President, Partnerships & Events at Disneyland® Paris
 Elling Hamso, Managing Partner at Event ROI Institue
– Maayke Könemann, Strategic Relationship Marketer – Global Marketing at ING Group
 Ana Molarinho, Head of Marketing Iberia & Board Member at Electrolux
– Michale Müller, Manager Marketing Strategy & Innovation at Samsung
 Andrea Pallard, EMEA BTL Manager at FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
– Michiel Pool, Head of Global Events at Ericsson
 Alexander Safonov, Global Conference and Event Directorat Oriflame Cosmetics
– Thomas Schmidt-Ott, Director Arts & Entertainment at Tui Cruises
 Rolf Schumann, Head of Global Marketing Communication at Skoda Auto
 Christian Seidenstücker, President at ILEA Europe
– Yulia Zholya, Head of the International Committee at NAOM

The Jury members’ profiles can be seen here:

Bea World Festival will take place in Coimbra (Portugal) between November 21st and 24th, 2018. It will offer all participants the opportunity to see the world’s best-in-class events live, to network with peers and industry leaders and to learn business strategies and new trends through inspiring keynotes, technical workshops and 1-on-1 meetings with leading experts. To gain access to all this and be part of the Bea World it is necessary to buy a Delegate pass, available with a super early bird offer until July 31.

Bea World Festival is an initiative by ADC Group and it is realized thanks to the collaboration of APECATE – the association that gathers and represents the Portuguese companies of Congresses, Events and Tourism Animation – along with the institutional support of Tourism of Portugal, Tourism of the Centre of Portugal, and Coimbra City Council.

For more details, please visit


Press Office:
Brenda Debiasio // +39 02 84190323





About ADC Group:

ADC Group is a media holding company, co-founded in 2002 by Salvatore Sagone. The group includes the communication news agencies ADVexpress and e20express, and Nuova Comunicazione magazine. ADC Group also issues the I Quaderni della Comunicazione reading series, and since 2006 it has organised the Best Event Awards, as well as other Awards and initiatives dedicated to the Italian communication and event market (BEA – Italian Best Event Awards, Best Location Awards, NC Awards, NC Digital Awards).



APECATE is the association that gathers and represents the Portuguese companies of Congresses, Events and Tourist Animation. APECATE focus on the representation of sectors of relevance in the Creative Industry and Tourism, which include companies that design, organize and realize innovative products and services of great strategic interest for the Portuguese Economy: small and large congresses, national or international, conferences, meetings, corporate, marketing and cultural events, teambuilding activities, outdoor incentives and activities of tourist animation (outdoor tourism activities and cultural tourism activities). For the good services provided to Tourism, in 2010 APECATE was awarded the Silver Medal of Tourist Merit, awarded by the State Department of Tourism and Tourism of Portugal, IP.

Your top 10 reasons to enter the Best Event Awards

Still not yet sure if or why you should enter the Best Event Awards? Here is our pick of the top 10 reasons to help you make up your mind and enter the industry’s leading worldwide event award 

  1. Be acknowledged in front of an international corporate jury.
  2. Become a world champion and stand out from your competitors.
  3. Gain global visibility and business advantage.
  4. Learn from the world’s best-in-class events live & benchmark your work.
  5. Stay up-to-date with new trends.
  6. Get an international media coverage.
  7. Expand your network, and meet potential clients and suppliers.
  8. Receive feedbacks from experts in your field.
  9. Strengthen the relationship with your clients.
  10. Choose a transparent, live, and face-to-face competition.


Enter your best projects by July 31st, before the entry fee goes up, and join the event’s world championship!

Bea World’s partner NetworkTables wins ‘Future of Meetings Award’ for being most Innovative Event Tool

NetworkTables is an international event technology company that helps meeting the right people at events and makes networking more effective through a user-friendly online solution for table seating, session registration and 1-on-1 meetings.

On June 28, NetworkTables founder Matthijs Otto and co-owner Querine Lap proudly received ‘The Future of Meetings Award’ for the second year running during The Meetings Show in London. The winner was determined by an international audience of event organizers that voted for the most innovative event tool. Last year, the company NetworkTables also won the ‘Future of Meetings Award’ and in 2016 the Event Technology Award for ‘Best Technology for Building Event Attendance’.

Since 2017, NetworkTables is a partner of Bea World Festival. Last year, over 480 valuable connections were made through the online tool. Therefore, this year NetworkTables will be present again to help participant make the most out of the several networking opportunities provided. Bea World will offer the possibility to all delegates to select a lunch table according to a topic that will be discussed at this table. Through the online NetworkTables tool, it will be possible to see who is already seated at which table and select the preferred “Star Talk and Lunch” table. In addition, it will be possible to discuss a specific challenge with one or more experts during the “Pick-a-Brain”. The NetworkTables algorithm will generate a personalized time-schedule to meet the speakers and jury members during 15-minute 1-on-1s.

The Future of Meetings is feature created in partnership with the Meetings Design Institute, giving visitors a taste of tomorrow’s technology and the latest tools being launched for meetings and events. “It is a great tool to simplify networking at events. It is easy to use and functional” said Maarten Vanneste, President at MDI.

NetworkTables is growing fast, the online event tool is used by event organizers in over 39 countries to increase show-up rate, save valuable time and solve complex event management challenges such as meeting schedules. Taiwan is one of the last countries added to international list.

The Bea World Top 30 Event Agencies

For the last 12 years, the Best Event Awards have been the most sought-after spotlight for event agencies from all over the world. Obviously, it’s not just about fame and glory. It’s also about brand awareness and new business opportunities.

With entries now open to award the best projects of 2018, we thought it would be a good idea to warm up by looking at the most awarded event agencies of the whole history of Bea World!

The Bea World Hall of Fame rewards agencies for their creativity, innovative approach, strategic thinking and impact. Moreover, it recognises their loyalty over the years as well.

Ranking is based on the total sum of points obtained for each prize won (see table below) as from the first ever Best Event Awards, which dates back to 2006. Since then, over 280 agencies from 29 countries have competed in the Best Event Awards.

And now… a classic drum roll, please… it’s time to uncover the winning agency!

The most awarded event agency is… Filmmaster Events from Italy!

Filmmaster Events has never missed a single appointment with the Best Event Awards, totalling a staggering 56 awards over 12 years, among which three Grand Prix (2006, 2007 & 2017), one Iconic Event Award (2017) and the title of Best Bea World Event Agency (2017).

“For many years,” comments Andrea Varnier, CEO of Filmmaster Events, “we have approached the BEA event with passion and great commitment. Every year, the competition becomes more complex and challenging. Some years have been easier and others less so. Knowing that we are the most awarded agency is a demonstration of the dedication and passion that we put into our daily work. We currently hold the Best Event Agency, a recognition granted to us the first year of the award: it would be difficult to improve on these results, but we will aim to maintain this outstanding record by continuing to get involved.”

In second place, from Germany, we have Insglück Gesellschaft für Markeninszenierung. A Bea World devotee since 2008, Insglück has won one Grand Prix in 2008, and 33 awards in different categories, of which four only last year.

In third place, Magic Garden from France, who took part 7 times in the Awards, and won two Grand Prix (2014 & 2016) and 21 other awards.

The fourth place goes to Desafio Global – Events & Activation Experience from Portugal, who has entered the Best Event Awards for 8 years, winning a total of 29 awards.

And in fifth place we have Vok Dams Events & Live Marketing, another German agency that has managed to win 31 awards in 7 years.

Out of the total 30 top event agencies, 9 are from Germany, 5 from France, 4 from Italy, 3 from Spain, 3 from the United Kingdom and one from each of the following countries: Belgium, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia.

It’s no surprise that such ranking is presently dominated by European agencies, as the Best Event Awards was a competition reserved for European agencies only until 2016.

As from last year, the Awards have been opened up to the global event industry (Bea World). Surely, in the next few years, we’ll also see top non-European agencies being brought into the fold of winners too.

Would you like to be recognised as a Bea World Top 30 event agency? Give yourself a chance by applying now!


The Bea World Top 30 Event Agencies

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We need your expertise. Submit your ideas now

At Bea World we want to empower the event community to strengthen their creative output, sharpen their business strategies and find inspiration to innovate their events. “Creative Thinking – The Art of Breaking Routines” will be the overall theme of the educational programme this year and we believe in your knowledge to help participants make new connections to existing ideas.

We are seeking innovators and professionals inside and outside of the events industry, who can share valuable knowledge at the 13th Bea World Festival.

Submit your ideas for topics and speakers by clicking on the button below. You will be redirected to the Shared XP platform where you can post your inputs and like other people’s posts until July 20. Up to 5 topics/speakers with most likes will be selected.

Thank you and see you at Bea World Festival – Where Creativity Meets Businessfrom November 21 to 24 in Coimbra, in the Centre of Portugal.

What makes an award-winning entry? A message from Bea World 2018 Jury President

By Gerd De Bruycker

Do you want to be recognized as one of the best in the worldwide events and experiential marketing industry? Don´t hesitate and have a look at and submit your entry. You can apply between 7th May and 21st September 2018.

Last March – in the beautiful island of Sao Miguel in the Azores (Portugal) – I was elected for the second time in three years to be the jury president for the Best Event Awards (a global competition dedicated to events and live communication). First time was 3 years ago in Saint Petersburg, Russia. This time the festival will take place in Coimbra, Portugal, where an international jury of corporate event managers will judge all entries and grant certificates of excellence and quality to the winners of different categories. Here you can find a list of the categories.

Your top reasons to enter can be:

  • Be recognized as the best and gain business advantage
  • Be acknowledged in front of an international corporate jury
  • Choose a transparent, live, and face-to-face competition
  • Learn from your peers and competitors
  • Get international media coverage

Though, what makes an award winning entry? I hope I am allowed to speak in name of the whole jury. We will be judging each submission on a number of criteria, including the following:

  • Creativity and innovation: Creative idea to support the objectives of the event. Creativity is not just an idea, it can also be an innovative approach to event aspects.
  • ROI, effectiveness: We are all doing event marketing in a digital world. ROI is key in today´s marketing world. We, as corporate event marketers need to prove the ROI of our events and how they fit into the overall marketing mix. From brand awareness to lead generation.
  • Channel or communication strategy: How effective have you been in addressing and communication with your audience.

These are the main criteria that we will judge upon during the online voting. Make sure that your entry is pitching these criteria.

When you entry will be selected to be presented at the festival itself (this will happen in Coimbra, Portugal on 22nd November 2018), you should take an additional element into account. In Coimbra it is all about your face-to-face pitch to us. Convince us why you should win, what was different, what is pushing the boundaries of our industry. And do this in an inspiring and energetic way.

The festival itself is an essential meeting place and networking event for the international event community. Three inspiring days full of creativity, networking opportunities, knowledge transfer and destination experiences will culminate in the Awards Ceremony celebrating outstanding events and the winners of the Best Event Awards.

Do you want to stand out in the international events industry? Do you have projects that are pushing the boundaries of our marketing discipline? Do not hesitate and submit your best projects here to win a golden elephant award.

Best of luck and hopefully we meet in Coimbra in November.

Bea World Festival, where creativity meets business