Latest Global DMC Partners Survey Finds Hybrid Format Most Popular Choice for 2021

Latest Global DMC Partners Survey Finds Hybrid Format Most Popular Choice for 2021

Nearly three-quarters of the meeting professionals surveyed in the most recent Meetings & Events Pulse Survey conducted by Global DMC Partners (GDP) expect their events to be held in a virtual or hybrid format in 2021. The surveyed planners also see having a coronavirus vaccine in place as the most important factor in bringing back face-to-face events. 

Conducted Sept. 14-30, the Q3 survey polled 447 people in the meetings and events industry including third-party/independent planners and those from the pharmaceutical industry, associations, technology, finance, insurance and law.

More than 90 percent of those surveyed indicated that some or all of their 2020 events have been postponed, with 72 percent indicating they expected to move their face-to-face events to virtual or hybrid in 2021. Even those respondents that thought their events might return to a face-to-face format next

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Wi-Fi to Get 5G Airwaves Boost as Carmakers Lose Choice Spectrum

(Bloomberg) — The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is poised to vote Wednesday to let wireless devices use airwaves assigned 21 years ago for a vehicle safety system that hasn’t come to fruition, rejecting carmakers’ efforts to hold onto the frequencies.



a bridge over a body of water: Vehicles drive in light traffic on the Judge Harry Pregerson Interchange between the 105 and 110 freeways in this aerial photograph taken above Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Friday, May 1, 2020. California Governor Gavin Newsom is directing departments to cut spending immediately amid projected deficits of $35 billion, while Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti proposed a budget that calls for civilian workers to take 26 furlough days during the fiscal year that begins in July.


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Vehicles drive in light traffic on the Judge Harry Pregerson Interchange between the 105 and 110 freeways in this aerial photograph taken above Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Friday, May 1, 2020. California Governor Gavin Newsom is directing departments to cut spending immediately amid projected deficits of $35 billion, while Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti proposed a budget that calls for civilian workers to take 26 furlough days during the fiscal year that begins in July.

The change, set for a vote at the FCC in Washington, follows years of rearguard lobbying by carmakers such as Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. to retain their exclusive hold

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China congratulates Joe Biden on election win: “We respect the choice of the American people”

China on Friday became one of the last major countries to congratulate U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, who is expected to make few changes to U.S. policy in conflicts with Beijing over trade, technology and security. China, along with Russia, avoided joining the throng that congratulated Biden last weekend after he and vice presidential running mate Kamala Harris secured enough Electoral College votes to unseat President Donald Trump.

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Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, Wang Wenbin, speaks during a routine press conference where he congratulated U.S. president-elect Joe Biden at the foreign ministry in Beijing, Nov. 13, 2020. 

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“We respect the choice of the American people,” said a foreign ministry spokesman, Wang Wenbin. “We congratulate Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris.”

Wang gave no reason for the delay but said, “the result will be confirmed according to U.S. laws and procedures.”

U.S.-Chinese relations have plunged to their lowest level in

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Some mothers can’t drop out in Covid pandemic but have no choice

Before the pandemic hit, Juanita Dutton was working hard.



a person sitting in front of a laptop: Since moms are more likely to handle child care, women's jobs have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic and its economic crisis.


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Since moms are more likely to handle child care, women’s jobs have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic and its economic crisis.

A single mother, she has two kids, 8 and 10, one with severe autism and the other with dyslexia. Dutton was employed as a hotel housekeeper while working toward her associate’s degree in computer science. She was doing the impossible: surviving on a low income, taking care of her kids and working toward a better future.

“I was very busy,” she said.

The one thing that made her life work, no matter how hard that life was: Her kids were in school full time.

Once everything shut down, there was no way for her to maintain her studies or go to work in Lawrence, Kansas. There is no one else to provide medical care or educational

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Choice Logistics: A Pioneer Emerges as a Modern Leader in Global Logistics

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Matthew McKeever, Chief Executive Officer of Choice Logistics, announced today sweeping updates to the company’s branding and go-to-market messaging, marked by a refreshed website and changes in the way the company defines and discusses its services and capabilities.

“Choice Logistics has evolved from a service parts, on-demand, delivery business primarily focused on the US market, to a global logistics provider with end-to-end capabilities powered by data and technology,” McKeever explained, “Choice’s deep history and experience in the on-demand market has uniquely positioned the company to develop technology to manage inventory and transportation on a global scale. Our technology has evolved to include milestone tracking and oversight for all modes of transportation, including import and export activities, allowing for optimal management of a full lifecycle logistics program,” McKeever continued.

“Today, we are advancing our proprietary technology to provide effective, real-time, transparent solutions that connect our global logistics

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Donald Trump and Joe Biden provide a stark choice on the future of U.S. science

The 2020 presidential election presents two stark paths for the direction of future-focused scientific research.

Why it matters: Science is a long game, with today’s breakthroughs often stemming from research carried out decades ago, often with government help. That means the person who occupies the White House over the next four years will help shape the state of technology for decades into the future.

Where it stands: The Trump administration’s record on science is criticized by experts in nearly every field, from climate change to biotechnology to health, who sense that science as a practice has been deprioritized and politicized.

  • For the fourth straight year, Trump’s 2020 budget proposal called for deep cuts to agencies like the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, though Congress has generally staved off those spending reductions, and actually increased funding

Yes, but: Two research areas prioritized under the Trump administration —

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IBM and R3 collaborate to expand choice for clients scaling blockchain technology

IBM and R3 announced a new collaboration to formally expand choice for clients scaling blockchain technology while delivering their highest levels of performance, compliance and data privacy.

As part of the collaboration, R3 announced a new open beta program to bring R3’s enterprise blockchain platform, Corda Enterprise, to IBM LinuxONE next month across the hybrid cloud—both on-premises and the IBM Cloud—delivered via IBM Cloud Hyper Protect Services.

The R3 on IBM LinuxONE beta program will open on November 2, 2020 and be available on IBM Cloud and on-premises. General availability (GA) is expected in Q1 2021.

Enterprises, especially those in regulated industries, are increasingly looking to build blockchain solutions with advanced security and data privacy features while addressing performance.

For clients with highly sensitive data and workloads such as digital identity, digital assets, central bank digital currencies, tokens, payments information, or smart contracts being spread across hybrid cloud environments, IBM

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