Hotel: Rhode Island Convention Center
Overview: We had the opportunity to produce a conference at the RI Convention Center last month. The audience size was approximately 300. The conference was a combination of general session and multiple breakouts. While the property is best suited for a large convention, it worked well for this mid sized conference.
Ballroom: The main ballroom is 100’ x 200’ and can be broken into 5 sections. We held the general session in the center largest ballroom which was 100’ x 100’ and used the other ballrooms for breakouts. The main ballroom features 23 foot ceilings which is an advantage. There also are 15 plus smaller rooms ideal for smaller breakouts. We did not utilize the exhibit hall but it is 100,000 square feet and would be great for a trade show component of an event.
AV Staff and Equipment: We provided the main audio and projection and utilized in house AV for the remainder of the equipment. Breakout equipment was all handed by in house. For show leads we provided the main General Session leads and supervised breakouts which were staffed by in house.
We have been partnering with in house av at a number of properties recently and it has worked well. The key is to identify the strength of the in house department and utilize them to the best of their abilities.
Producer’s Notes: If Rhode Island is a destination for your event then the RI Convention Center should be considered. There is a nice hotel attached to the center and the city has great restaurants and options for off site events.