In exactly two weeks, it’s finally showtime for the best business days of the year! After getting oriented with a bullet-proof plan and all the other preparations we covered last week in our 5 Steps to NBForum2018 blog, it’s time to think about how to make the most of the exciting event days. We’ve got your back with 5 tips to enjoy the event to its fullest!
1. Arrive smoothly!
To ensure a smooth arrival at the event venue, plan your trip and arrive well on time to collect your pass to not miss any of the sessions! To get to the event venue, the Helsinki Expo & Convention Center, you can arrive either by public transport or by car. We highly recommend arriving by public transport as it has excellent connections to our venue, saves you time from waiting at the car park, and is environmentally friendly! We have gathered more information here to help you arrive smoothly.
You can collect your seminar pass from our check-in desks upon arrival at the venue, or even before the event days from our designated pre-check-ins at Stockmann or Nordic Hotel Forum. See more details about check-in here and then you’re ready to pick up your pass!
2. Grow your network!
Talking to new people energized by the event vibe will not only help you build your network but also helps you absorb the thrilling atmosphere created when the leading business minds gather under one roof. At our venue, you will find excellent opportunities to start networking with your fellow attendees.
Have you already signed up for our official networking tool Brella? The Brella app helps you to find and book 15-minute meetings with people with common interests. Through Brella, you will get a handpicked list of NBForum 2018 guests who offer what you are seeking, or seek what you are offering! Read how to access Brella here.
Nearly 600 attendees have already signed up for Brella, and we want to encourage more meetings through Brella. Therefore, we are going to award the guest with the most meetings at NBForum 2018 with a prize! The lucky winner will be offered a free ticket to either NBFSweden 2019 or NBFNorway 2019! The winner gets to choose. More details about the competition will be published at the event, so stay tuned and start booking now!
Looking for discussions around a specific theme that popped up during the event? During the session breaks, choose from over a dozen discussion topics at our designated Theme Tables and meet other attendees to discuss similar interests, such as AI, Leadership & Management, Future of Work, or Strategy. See the full list of the themes here and follow the venue map to find the Theme Tables and some engaging conversation!
Our official NBForum 2018 event app gives you the ability to share your experience with other attendees, send questions to our speakers, and as a new feature, exchange contact information with the people you meet. The “vCard scanner” helps you easily gather your contacts in one place and send them to yourself later all at once. Download the app today to be prepared to familiarize yourself with the new features and explore the event! To access the app, see the instructions here.
3. Learn from exceptional content!
Nordic Business Forum 2018 is a learning experience like no other. Our talented speaker lineup provides an unparalleled opportunity to learn from some of the world’s most important business minds. If you don’t have time to watch all the sessions, plan your schedule in a way that lets you see your favorite speakers. See the full agenda here and use the “My Agenda” feature on the event app to help you plan your seminar days.
Between sessions, watch interviews at the VA & HS Live Stream Studio. During breaks in the program, many of our mainstage speakers, as well as some other NBForum stars, will hit the live stream stage for interviews, anecdotes, and more!
To maximize your learning experience, remember to take notes! As you might be flooded with ideas and key points that you would like to put into action after the event, taking and reviewing your notes as often as possible is a good idea to stay on top of things. In addition to your laptop and mobile devices, you can use the NBForum2018 notebook, which will be available at the venue to keep your notes organized and up-to-date!
4. Take part and influence: #NBForum2018!
During the event, join the discussion on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn by using and following the hashtag #NBForum2018. Share your ideas, photos, and stories from the event and be a part of the conversation online and offline!
And, remember to use our Event App, which already has over 400 users! Share your ideas and photos, send direct messages to other attendees, engage with speakers during their Q&A sessions by submitting questions, and give us feedback!
Our competition isn’t limited to Brella users. Since we want to see you take part in discussions about #NBForum2018, we will give away a free ticket to either NBFSweden 2019 or NBFNorway 2019 to the no. 1 seminar guest on the app “Leaderboard” with the most activity on the app AND to the guest with the most retweeted tweet with the official event hashtag on Twitter! More details about the competition will be published at the event, so get in on the discussions now and ensure your spot among the winners!
5. Relax and enjoy!
Need a moment between sessions to take a break, to work, or to get your energy up again?
We recommend that you use breaks in the program to share your ideas with other people while staying hydrated and getting energized! While relaxing, you can also continue networking over a cup of fresh coffee or tea, select your favorites from our menus or at one of the restaurants, and enjoy the break with your new acquaintances.
The event venue provides great places to recharge (literally)! Get some work done and find a spare outlet to plug in at the Business Corner sponsored by Brightline. If you’re a First Class guest, meet other guests at the exclusive First Class Lounge sponsored by Skoda.
On top of the amazing speaker lineup, networking, and many relaxing possibilities, Nordic Business Forum 2018 partners organize unique experience areas with fun activities and interactive displays that showcase business models, products, and much more. You can also use the chance to mingle with the partners and watch some live music talents at the nearby Band Stage during each session break.
After the first seminar day, VIP guests, First Class guests, and speakers can enjoy the exclusive cocktail evening at the venue, and all event guests are welcome to attend one HEL of an Afterparty at the Maxine nightclub, the official afterparty by Helsinki Airport.
Finally, keep an open mind, enjoy the opportunity to learn, mingle and make friends, and take a break from the daily grind to get inspired!
And if you see any of us from NBForum running around, say hello! You can recognize us by our orange scarves and bowties. Feel free to say hi — we’re here to make these the best business days of your year!