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Dame Zaha Hadid, recently in the news after winning the competition to design the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium (only for the competition to be re-run), has died. London Mayor Boris Johnson wrote on Twitter: “So sad to hear of death of Zaha Hadid, she was an inspiration and her legacy lives on in wonderful buildings in Stratford and around the world.”

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Hadid was the architect of the London Acquatics Centre in Stratford, East London, which resembles a wave – the double wave being her trademark sculptural form. The Centre, which features two 50-metre pools and a diving pool, was used for the Olympics and Paralympics and then converted and opened to the public in 2014. Hadid said at the time:

I love the London Aquatics Centre because it’s near where I live.

Hadid’s architectural practice also designed (with AECOM) the Al Wakrah Stadium, a 40,000 capacity stadium for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, which is due for completion in 2018.

Al Wakrah Stadium's top tiers will be modular and seating will be re-used elsewhere after the World Cup.

Al Wakrah Stadium’s top tiers will be modular and seating will be re-used elsewhere after the World Cup.

RIBA President Jane Duncan said in an official press release:

This is absolutely terrible news. Dame Zaha Hadid was an inspirational woman, and the kind of architect one can only dream of being. Visionary and highly experimental, her legacy despite her young age, is formidable. She leaves behind a body of work from buildings to furniture, footwear and cars, that delight and astound people all around the world. It was only last month that I had the enviable task of awarding Zaha the 2016 Royal Gold Medal for architecture – she was delighted to receive the recognition and adds the medal to an amazing collection of awards, not least winning the RIBA Stirling Prize years running. The world of architecture has lost a star today.

Major Events International (MEI) are focusing on the theme of driving fan engagement through technology at this year’s inaugural Major Events Summit, taking place in London on 26th and 27th October. Demonstrated by the high levels of fan engagement during this year’s Rugby World Cup, this is an area of growing interest and prominence within the sports industry as organisations look to enhance fan experience and engagement as well as looking at the ‘Return on Investment’ from an increasing range of innovative capabilities. 

The aim of the Major Events Summit is to provide the Major Events community with a highly interactive and profile-enhancing opportunity. With a unique mix of attendees from leading edge suppliers to sports and venue key officials, round tables and panels will allow for detailed discussions and new relationships to be formed.

The first day of the Summit on 26th October will focus on Safety and Security for major sporting events and is followed by the MEI awards and sports legend dinner – the awards themselves will be produced by Touch of Ginger who have recently produced the Rugby World Cup medals. The Event Services and Venue Operations day on 27th will focus on the use of technology and best practice generally when running and supplying into events. Speakers on day two include Spanish start up Mobile Media Content and Olympic sponsor ATOS Origin.

Commenting on the event, MEI’s CEO Dennis Mills said:

The Major Events Summit is an opportunity for our joint supplier and buyer community to meet, identify requirements and suitable solutions as well as sharing lessons learned.  In a format which will encourage maximum attendee participation, this new “must-attend” annual gathering of major sporting events and venue professionals will be kept to 100 attendees to allow for an intimate highly networked environment.

To reserve your place at this specialist event, please visit https://majoreventssummit.eventbrite.co.uk or call +44 (0) 207 073 2661 for more information

About Major Events International (MEI)

Major Events International (MEI) provides business support services to companies seeking to win business for iconic global events such as the Olympic Games, World Cup series, and regional and specialist events where requirements cover venues, fan parks, city and state level hosting needs presenting opportunities for companies of all sizes and sectors.