The ICE London 2023 Ampersand, based on the Open Space format, follows the July ICE Symposium, which was held in conjunction with the European Casino Association at Les Ambassedeurs Casino in London. Building on the history of the Ampersand Open Space meetings held by Clarion Gaming in Las Vegas, the meeting will bring together thought leaders, influencers and innovators in the North American gaming and betting industry for a day of discussion and an evening of networking and socialization.
The event will feature a series of discussions on topics presented by attendees and will culminate with a reception to celebrate Ampersand’s return to Las Vegas. More than 200 professionals from the betting industry will be part of the conference, which will take place on October 10th, the opening day of the G2E at Top Golf Las Vegas.
Ewa Bakun, Head of Industry Insight and Engagement at Clarion Gaming, outlined the purpose and format of the day: “We will be using the successfully tried and tested Open Space format at other events, most recently at the ICE Symposium held in London at the beginning of this year, as well as the many Ampersand meetings we have held in both London and Las Vegas”.
“Open Space has a ‘unconference’ format, where participants build the agenda at the start of the conference and then discuss it in a series of free-flowing conversations throughout the day, with no speakers or moderators. The idea is that everyone can contribute with their thoughts, opinions and experiences, drawing on the wealth of knowledge of all participants, rather than a small group of expert speakers. This is a format conducive to networking from meaningful conversations and shared challenges”.
“From an event organizer’s perspective, the results of Open Space meetings are great. The insights are invaluable in helping us shape the ICE experience, based on customer needs rather than a combination of guesswork and anecdotal information. It is vital that our in-person events remain fully relevant to the needs of what is a dynamic, fast-moving industry,” concluded Bakun.