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Top Public Events

Top Public Events Recognition Program Accepting Applications until 30 September


Top Public Events Recognition Program

IAEE’s Top Public Events Program recognizes the important role that public events play in the overall exhibitions and events industry by awarding best practices in the B2C segment. The 2015 application process is now open and we are especially excited to show you the changes we’ve implemented that make it easier, faster and more user-friendly than ever to submit your event information.

Why is the Top Public Events Program Important to Your Show?

  • Industry wide recognition among B2C and B2B exhibitions and events
  • Winner’s entry is displayed for 2,500+ attendees at Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition 2015 in Baltimore, MD
  • Display the IAEE Top Public Event logo on your event’s website and other collateral if you are selected as a winner


Click here to enter your event. A small entry fee for members and non-members is required.

Want even more exposure for your event? Take the opportunity to enter the IAEE Art of the Show Competition! This competition recognizes excellence in the development of promotional and marketing materials for an event. You have the opportunity to enter your collateral in as many as 15 categories. For more information about the 2015 IAEE Art of the Show Competition, click here.



Terri Phillips
Executive Director, IAEE Public Events Council
12700 Park Central Dr, #308
Dallas, TX 75010


Top Public Events 2014

Please join IAEE in recognizing these public events as IAEE 2014 TOP PUBLIC EVENTS!


Abilities Expo – New York Metro
2-4 May 2014
New York Metro Area (New Jersey Convention & Expo Center)
5NET4 Productions, LLC, Producer

Abilities Expo – New York Metro is recognized as an IAEE 2014 Top Public Event for community engagement, unparalleled attendee experiences and innovative marketing initiatives. Show management engages with the community through an “ambassador” program; connecting with members of the local community with disabilities. These are high-profile individuals who spearhead the event’s grass-roots community outreach initiatives and who remain connected and represent Abilities Expo throughout the year in local and state governments, area hospital and rehabilitation centers and at many community events.
Attendee experiences are a high priority for show management as they work hard to identify and provide products and services that are meaningful for every disability group possible. Their research shows that while attendees come primarily to see the products and services for persons with disabilities, they stay for all the fun. The introduction of more robust and inclusive activities schedule has had a tremendous impact on the show energy, the attendee attitudes and the number of participants who return in subsequent years.

Abilities Expo uses it online presence to promote the events to both exhibitors and attendees and to continually expand its opportunities to connect with the community. is the nerve center that creatively presents the numerous, can’t-miss features of each Expo. Already a household name within the community, Abilities Expo continues to solidify its position as the premier event for persons with disabilities through a series of successful online initiatives. The combination of these and other efforts have resulted in a 44% increase in online traffic in the last 12 months over the year prior.

Earth Day Texas
26-27 April 2014
Dallas, Texas (Fair Park)
Earth Day Texas, Producerearth-day-texas

Earth Day Texas is recognized as an IAEE 2014 Top Public Event for innovative marketing/public relations initiatives, exceptional volunteer outreach and high caliber education opportunities.

An Earth Day Texas App (EDTx App) was designed to provide up-to-date event information to mobile users 365 days a year. Not only does the app provide event details, but it goes a step further and provides current statewide environmental conditions including: ozone levels, reservoir levels, water usage guidelines and consumer tips and news. Another noteworthy item was the development of a social media campaign targeted to the Hispanic and Young Professionals demographics which resulted in an 8,700+ page “like” increase with an engagement rate of 2.13% (industry average is  ̴1%).

Earth Day Texas’s volunteer outreach is truly impressive. For the 2014 event, 364 volunteers logged in 3,000 volunteers hours. Volunteers ranged from corporate entities, neighborhood associations, schools, hospitals, sororities and fraternities and the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America.

Earth Day Texas is all about education. They recently acquired two OmniGlobes, 32- and 60-inch spherical displays containing approximately 180 animations and models demonstrating various aspects of tens of thousands of years of environmental history. The event also hosts the Eco Expo, a forum about sustainability and environmental education. In addition, workshops, entertainment, community outreach, advocacy, a Green Talk Speaker Series and much, much more round out this high quality event.

Click here to view the 2012 Top Public Events Winners.

Click here to view the 2011 Top Public Events Winners.