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How the IMechE is creating novel ‘real’ interaction spaces for all – at the ‘Virtual’ Annual Luncheon…

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This year’s IMechE Railway Division Annual Luncheon (the industry’s opportunity to build and renew connections) will be one click from your desktop: bit.ly/rail-luncheon

Attracting 1,246 participants in 2020, the “…industry event that provides a great platform to network amongst rail leaders” is going digital.

“Oh no, not another webinar!” you might cry: but the IMechE Virtual Annual Luncheon is different. The team has created a bespoke event to replicate the physical opportunities the Lunch is loved for, so you can catch-up with corporates, colleagues and, frankly, friends.

Here’s how: click through the Virtual Exhibitor Hall (with its tempting staffed Kiosks offering meet-ups and their downloadable new product brochures and on-demand videos) to the Meetings Hub, and tag any other guest for a 1-to-1.

Set-up your profile online in advance (choose your own smiling photo and whatever contact details you want to share), to be ready to meet-and-greet when the virtual doors swing open. Click your email prompt to see what’s on – and who’s there!

A virtue of Virtual is a more international event. Whether you’re breakfasting in Bel Air, lunching in London, taking tea in Tirupati, or snatching midnight snacks in Sydney… wherever you are, you can join the IMechE Railway Division’s Annual Luncheon at 12noon GMT on Friday 5 March 2021 and:

  • network across the railway industry in the UK and beyond
  • enjoy efficient access to key suppliers and customers (including bookable 1-to-1s)
  • get on with life and work safely (whatever happens with Covid)

Alongside that special mix of senior managers and engineers of all disciplines circulating (so you can have 1-to-1s and make new contacts), the IMechE will celebrate the railway sector, with the usual speeches, updates, and raising money for charity. There’s even a Virtual Rail Trail!

You may need more to eat than a virtual lunch, so bring your own food… then you can enter the “Best Plate” photo contest to win a prize!

Register at bit.ly/rail-luncheon by 14th February (Valentine’s Day!) to secure your place… or team-up for a Table, bag a Kiosk for your company, and benefit yourself and your business next month!

Rebeka Sellick MEng CEng FIET FIMechE, SellickRail Ltd

Volunteer Chair, IMechE Railway Division Annual Luncheon Committee

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