Congratulations to the 2021 Excellence Awards finalists!


The Virtual Virtuoso

Best Virtual Events Program

Virtual events create meaningful experiences by connecting us across the digital divide. Nominees in this category use event technology to drive virtual attendance, deliver compelling content, and enable valuable attendee interactions. They track and measure attendee engagement across the event lifecycle through digital touchpoints, interactive sessions, and networking opportunities. They also equip sponsors and exhibitors with the tools they need to optimize and prove event ROI. The Virtual Virtuoso has accelerated their total events program with best-in-class virtual events.

Criteria: Must use Cvent Virtual Attendee Hub or Cvent Event Management with virtual platform integrations. May also use Cvent Video Player, Cvent Video Conferencing, Appointments, and/or Cvent Mobile Event App. Please note if Cvent Professional Services were used.

The Hybrid Hotshot

Best Hybrid Event Experience

The secret to a successful hybrid event is creating one event with two incredible experiences. Nominees in this category have harnessed the power of combined in-person and virtual experiences, from a safe onsite experience to attendee engagement, networking, and more. They help drive measurable ROI for sponsors and exhibitors while proving event success through a single reporting and analytics platform. The Hybrid Hotshot knows how to use the power of hybrid events to capture our attention and leave us feeling connected and inspired.

Criteria: Must use Cvent Virtual Attendee Hub or Cvent Event Management with virtual platform integrations. Must also use Onsite Solutions. Special consideration given to submissions using Cvent Supplier Network to source safe venues. Submission may also include Cvent Social Tables, Passkey, Mobile Event App, LeadCapture, and/or Appointments solutions.

Ace of Safe Spaces

Effectively Sourcing and Managing Safe In-Person Experiences

Sourcing and managing in-person experiences for hybrid and in-person events, all while ensuring attendee safety, has been a unique challenge many organizations have faced in recent months. Nominees in this category use the Cvent platform to source safe venues, create an event space with social distancing in mind, manage room blocks efficiently, and ensure a flawless onsite experience.

Criteria: Must use Cvent Supplier Network, Passkey, and/or Social Tables solutions for venue management and relations. May also use Onsite Solutions and/or Mobile Event App for engaging onsite experiences. 

Event Marketing Mastermind

Best Event Marketing Strategy

Event marketing is critical to the success of any event, whether virtual, hybrid, or in-person. Nominees in this category develop strategic programming to support their event portfolio, from hosted events to trade shows. They prove the value of events as a key channel in their organization’s overall marketing strategy by mastering event promotion with creative new tactics, leveraging multi-channel marketing strategies, and enhancing their brand.  Moreover, their event marketing process is automated and integrated within the organization’s marketing mix to drive measurable results.

Criteria: Must use one or more Cvent solutions to manage virtual, hybrid, and/or in-person events. Must demonstrate how successful marketing of event program contributes to organizational success in measurable ways (ex: attribution to pipeline, program growth, etc.).

ROI Rockstar

Best Return on Event

Meetings and events are essential to businesses for training employees, engaging clients, and building strong relationships. During challenging times, the ROI Rockstar is able to drive revenue growth and maintain business momentum using creative technology solutions. This award recognizes organizations of all sizes and industries who are realizing measurable Return on Event, whether for virtual, hybrid, or in-person. These nominees are setting and exceeding goals, automating event communications, and maximizing attendance and response.

Criteria: Must use one or more Cvent solutions to demonstrate return on event for virtual, hybrid, and/or in-person events.

SMMP Sensation

SMMP of the Year

Implementing a Strategic Meetings Management Program (SMMP) is no easy feat, especially when the industry undergoes rapid changes due to crisis. Having a strong crisis management strategy is critical in ensuring the well-being of attendees and the overall health of the business. Coupled with the ability to quickly pivot events to virtual, nominees in this category were able protect business interests while propelling the industry forward within a new virtual frontier. This award recognizes those successful practitioners who master the complicated blend of registering and approving meetings, strategic sourcing, and budgeting and cost saving methodologies, all while continuously expanding upon their effectiveness during challenging times.

Criteria:  Must use the Cvent Meetings Management module to manage virtual, hybrid, and/or in-person meetings and events.

The Rookie

Cvent Rookie of the Year

It doesn’t take long to see positive changes in a meetings and events at an organization that has rapidly and successfully implemented new technology. This has never been more visible than with the changes in the event landscape in recent months. Nominees in this category may be new to the Cvent platform, but their strong adoption of Cvent technology is quickly transforming their event planning process. These nominees are already showing impressive results at their organization for virtual, hybrid, and in-person events.

Criteria: Must use one or more Cvent solutions to manage virtual, hybrid, and/or in-person events. Must have signed their first Cvent Agreement no earlier than January 1, 2020.

Power of the Platform

Outstanding Achievement Across the Cvent Platform

Event professionals know when it comes to their meetings, conferences, and trade shows, one size does not fit all. Given the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the events industry in recent months, event professionals have adopted new skills and strategies to maintain event momentum for their organizations. They have used event technology to create organizational impact across virtual, hybrid, and/or in-person events. Nominees in this category are embracing the power and flexibility of the entire Cvent event management platform to meet and exceed their organization's unique goals.

Criteria: Must use three or more Cvent solutions to power virtual, hybrid, and/or in-person events.

Pivotal Partner

Cvent Partner of the Year

This award recognizes Cvent Partners who harness the power of the Cvent platform to deliver unparalleled event experiences for their clients, especially in the face of recent challenges within the industry. These partners use event technology to demonstrate industry-leading expertise. They have created stellar virtual and/or in-person attendee experiences, improved efficiencies, and demonstrated clear return on investment for their clients.

Criteria:  Must be a travel, events, and meetings management agency with an active Cvent agreement.

Cvent Superstar

Cvent Advocate of the Year

This “people’s choice” award is voted on by members of the Cvent Community. It recognizes an individual Cvent super user who understands and promotes the intrinsic value of the Cvent platform during times of success and challenges. The Cvent Superstar uses Cvent technology to drive success within their organization and actively shares the power of the platform across their network. These nominees can be found sharpening their skills through Cvent training and certifications, Cvent Celebrity, or in the Community. They may take part in Cvent CONNECT, case studies, speaking engagements, UX research, or other Cvent initiatives. No matter how they engage, nominees in this category are unmatched in their appreciation of—and passion for—spreading the power of the Cvent platform for virtual, hybrid, and in-person events.

Criteria:  Must be an active Cvent user.