From conferences and concerts to romantic dates: meetups usually take place face to face. However, the coronavirus pandemic has made this difficult. Physical proximity is now risky. The consequences are reverberating through countless industries, from catering to tourism and trade fairs to universities, through to the entertainment sector with its sporting events, cinemas and parties.
In this sense, COVID-19 has simply accelerated a development that has already long been underway. Remote working and after-work drinks on Zoom were only the beginning. The rapid pace of technological development is continually creating new ways to meet up with people. Many cultural performances have already moved online, and gaming and e-sports platforms are booming. Ultimately, we will have more ways to meet up than ever before. This will change us as people; intimacy and the value of social activities will be redefined.
At the 17th European Trend Day, we will present the most remarkable developments and gauge how and where we will meet up in future. We will discuss questions such as:
- People need people: how will we enable vibes, productivity and creativity in future?
- Where will physical contact remain essential?
- How will we allure somebody, flirt, apply for a job?
- Commuting, open-plan offices, packed exhibitions: how will meeting places be reconfigured?
- How will social distancing change the ways we behave, how will we live together?
As face-to-face events are still prohibited in Switzerland because of Covid-19, this year's GDI Trend Day will take place online only and be livestreamed. You will get the opportunity to exchange ideas with other participants during the breaks via online networking.
To ensure that as many participants as possible benefit from the latest thinking on how we are likely to meet up in the future, we are offering a two-for-one deal: register two participants now and the second person attends for free.