Idealogic: Conferences 101

Conferences. Where would makers of industrial-sized coffee urns, individually wrapped mints and plastic name badges be without them? From pigeon fanciers to spruikers of everything from insurance to artichokes, beige-tinted rectangular rooms the length of this fair land are filled daily with bored delegates illuminated only by the pale flicker of innumerable slides of bad PowerPoint. But what, dear reader, does it all mean? What are the facts and figures behind this most corporate of rituals? Join us now as we unpack, analyse and illustrate the mystery that is the conference.

For starters...

idealogic guide to conferences

Why we're going...

And a few fun facts

(Also, see this Column Five infographic for more home truths on navigating multi-day conferences.)