AIM Group International and the Vienna Convention Bureau were integral to the consortium supporting the bid, which was led by local academic host Prof Markus Vincze of TU Wien, and included Messe Wien Exhibition & Congress Center, where the event will be held. The close collaboration between the team, the innovative event design and the extensive legacy and outreach program were all defining factors in the bid’s success, as was Vienna’s acknowledged attractiveness as a meeting destination.
The hybrid event, which in 2022 attracted over 8,000 delegates (of whom nearly 5,000 attended in person), will bring together the world’s top academics, researchers and industry representatives. Its theme, Robots for All, reflects the organizers’ desire to reach out to the Viennese public and convince them of the potential everyday benefits of robotics. Designed to inspire the next generation, the community program will include a cooperation with ARS Electronica, a ‘Long Day of the Robots’ exhibition, open to the public, in the industry hub and the finals of a school competition to create the best dancing robot.
The proposed event design incorporates a wide range of interactive activities, designed to engage the audience and promote improved learning outcomes. As Lisa Stern, Operations Director of AIM Austria, says ‘Our goal is to create a program that surprises and inspires the audience and supports networking amongst the robotics community. We’re really looking forward to using creative designs to bring on-site and online delegates together.’