Meetings + Conventions Calgary Offers New Digital Experience Institute Digital Event Strategist Scholarship Opportunities

August 18, 2017

Scholarship applications now are being accepted for the Digital Event Strategist (DES) course and certification exam.

Sponsored by Meetings + Conventions Calgary and supported by the PCMA Education Foundation’s Digital Experience Institute (DEI), the scholarships support meeting professionals seeking to further their digital and hybrid event education.

As the exclusive sponsor of these scholarships, Meetings + Conventions Calgary supports the application, online course and exam fees, a more than $1,000 USD value.

“It’s been exciting to see the digital event space evolve into a strategic tool to help organizations amplify their reach and drive results as demonstrated in The DEI Power of Digital White Paper” said Jennifer Kingen Kush, executive director of DEI, a global organization dedicated to advancing engagement around events, meetings, learning and marketing programs through technology.

She continued, “Meetings + Conventions Calgary has been a true visionary, helping to empower organizations and the entire industry with their support of scholarships and the ongoing advancement of digital event education.”

Designed to help individuals and organizations develop a means to effectively plan, produce and measure the results of their digital engagement practices, the DES certification program is recognized throughout the globe and boasts graduates from more than 15 countries, including the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Switzerland, Spain, Germany, South Africa, Israel and Singapore.

“Meetings and Conventions Calgary is committed to supporting education in our industry and it is very gratifying to tangibly make the statement that we have sponsored over 100 individual meeting planners to achieve their DES Certification,” said Dave Sclanders, executive director of Meetings + Conventions Calgary.

He continued, “As in anything new, three years ago when Calgary first aligned with DES there was some unknown. Today, however, there can be no longer any doubt the contribution online events are making to our industry. The bottom line is Meetings + Conventions Calgary is proud to be there to support any way today’s meeting professional can better navigate our rapidly changing industry more effectively and more efficiently, thereby planning more successful events and booking more Calgary events.”

The upcoming scholarship application deadline is Aug. 24, with recipients to be notified by Sept. 1. Those awarded with scholarships will be eligible to participate in the DES LIVE online 7-week course that starts Sept. 20 and takes place online Wednesdays and Fridays at noon ET.

To learn more about the DES certification program and scholarship application go here.

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