About MDI

  Introduction to the Meeting Design Institute

The Meeting Design Institute, founded in 2006, provides consulting services, educational and training programmes for meeting professionals, venues and convention bureaus. We publish books, articles and videos on meeting design as well as organising a conference on meeting design - the FRESH Conference (since 2012).  Our education offers the chance to become a Certified Meeting Designer (CMD).  MDI also has a global community of companies and professionals (our members) that deliver meeting support or are involved in meeting design.

Our mission is: to develop meeting design alongside the logistics and hospitality. This category of meeting design brings together education, tools and services with a common objective to design more effective meetings and events.


  About our membership


Our members are a global community of companies and professionals that offer creative solutions and meeting design support for meeting and event planners. The MDI membership is a unique opportunity to:

  1. promote your products/services to your target market
  2. meet potential clients
  3. learn and be updated on meetings and events' industry trends 
  4. network and collaborate with other meeting professionals


The MDI member network helps to develop the meeting design market as a recognised component of the broader meetings and events industry. MDI membership is a unique opportunity to meet people and companies in the same market with similar or different products and explore opportunities for collaboration. By approaching the market together, under a single umbrella, members increase the impact and profile of their own products and services.


Why become a member?


"We have been a proud member of MDI ever since we joined, early 2015. At a number of tradeshows we have been a stand-share partner, which was a great and accessible way to actively participate while not having to bear the full cost of an own booth."



Jelmer van Ast, CEO & Founder, Conference Compass


"EventEye started as a company in 2014 and quickly took the decision to join MDI. Being an MDI member has been a great way for us to get to know the event industry and has really helped us along the way in becoming as international provider of Event Apps. Without their help, we wouldn't be where we are today as they have provided us with a network, first-hand industry knowledge and stand opportunitties at various international trade shows. Being an MDI member is something we highly value and would recommend to everyone in the event tech industry."

Fredrik Hoel, CEO & Founder, EventEye


"MDI is what allowed us to really get into the events industry. When we joined in 2013, they are who helped us to step up as speakers, we made friends for life and still consistently provides networking events that feel like home."



Thorben Grosser, General Manager Europe, Eventmobi


"fielddrive is a proud member of MDI and this for already more than 10 years. Being a member of MDI puts you at the center of event technology. You have direct access to suppliers who share the same passion to facilitate event planners with the newest available technologies in order to increase their ROI which facilitates the creation of  interesting partnerships as we did with Trippus, One World Rental and more others."

Denis Pilet, COO, fielddrive


“We have participated with MDI with optimal conditions of stand-sharing, presented at industry campfires and created new partnerships with members.  It is certain that our client portfolio has grown since we joined. MDI membership offers you magnificent opportunities in terms of business development, and magnificent personalities with whom it is a pleasure to spend time.”

Sébastien Braun, CEO & Founder, idloom


"Shocklogic has been a member of MDI since 2007. Over this time, we have had some amazing opportunities in the form of networking, stand sharing, speaker sessions and BOOM Calls. We love being part of this wonderful community."

Video Testimonial


Johnny Martinez, Head of Marketing & Business Development, Shocklogic


Do you want to speak at industry events, meet new potential clients and widen your reach to generate new leads? Share a stand at trade shows at discounted rates or simply be a member of a community of meeting design suppliers, who learn from each other, help each other and collaborate?


If yes, then MDI membership is right for you.






  • You will be invited to speak at industry events
  • Be included in The Meeting Design Toolbox catalogue promoting your services
  • Get a member discount off industry MDI/FRESH networking dinners 
  • Be listed on our website see our current members
  • Stand share with MDI as a member at exhibitions - reduced cost (we build the stand and manage the logistics; you just focus on getting your appointments booked)
  • Be promoted as an exhibitor at industry events - if you have your own stand, or stand share with MDI, as a member we always promote your stand number to meeting planners
  • Be invited to quarterly BOOM industry discussion calls, exclusive for MDI members
  • Receive your promotional schedule, designed for you and to promote your blogs and content, for 2020 - Here are our Top 10 member blog posts from 2019



Get in touch

There are several marketing, networking and learning opportunities available for MDI members. If would you like to know more about it please contact:

Sandie McCoubrey
Membership and Partnership Manager




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