World Procurement Congress & Awards 2018
Due to their expertise in large-scale conferences and awards shows, SXS were invited to produce, manage, and support this global networking event in one of Europe’s largest pillarless ballrooms.
‘Agile Procurement: Thriving through disruption’ was the theme for this year’s two day event at the Intercontinental London – The O2, and SXS were sure to demonstrate their ability to be both Agile and Disruptive.
The ‘congress’ aspect of the event consisted of a central expo area with 28x blue chip companies exhibiting their procurement solutions to senior executives at the highest levels of global procurement. SXS built every exhibitor’s stand, which facilitated the expansion of our stock of LG LED LCD video screens, as well as handling power distribution, large format print graphics, furniture, and additional features such as a raised members’ area with custom designed device charging points.
SXS also provided audio-visual, content and show management, set and staging support for 3x breakout talk spaces, a selection of meeting rooms, and a 1550 sqm main plenary space with breath-taking curved LED wall.
The main plenary in total contained over 100sqm of Lumio LED wall from SXS’ own stock, which comprised 6x screen surfaces around the space to ensure every audience member had the perfect viewing angle. The stage design itself drew inspiration from SXS’ experience in fashion show design and management, with a 17m long catwalk to a central rostrum giving presenters ample opportunity to engage with the audience fully. In order to facilitate clear, precise sound quality from the DPA and Sennheiser microphones throughout, careful consideration was paid to the system design. A combination of Martin Audio line array, Lab.gruppen amplification and XTA processing was used, as well as some of SXS’ own custom designed speakers for delay fills. This was controlled by the compact but very capable Yamaha QL1 system.
At the end of the second congress day, a quick turnaround was required for the glittering black tie awards evening. This provided an opportunity for both SXS and the venue to showcase their flexibility, expanding the main plenary space to 2325sqm to become a space for 1000 guests to enjoy dinner and watch the spectacle unfold. This meant adding an additional 2x drops of Martin line array, as well as ramping up the action with dazzling effects from Chauvet Maverick Hybrid, R2 Wash, and R1 wash fixtures, augmented with fixtures from Elation, Selecon, and ETC and all controlled from an Avolites Tiger Touch Pro console.
The after party space is no less important, so Martin Audio and Chauvet equipment was also utilised here, with the awesome WELL fit wireless uplighters providing fully controllable lighting around the room in conjunction with Astera light drops.
All in all the event showcased SXS’ ability to help deliver an extremely engaging event almost entirely from stock equipment, which impressed guests and ultimately resulted in a very satisfied client.