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Google UK events co-ordinator Alix Kulig
Tell us about your role
I organise about five events a year - management meetings for up to 30 delegates and a regional meeting for 15 to 200 staff.
What venues have you used?
For the last big meeting I organised, I used the Moevenpick Hotel Istanbul. I had a short lead-in time to organise it and this property had availability and good rates at short notice. It's also conveniently located near our Google office in Istanbul. For the London events that I've organised, we've used our own meeting rooms in the office.
How do you rate video conferencing?
We have our own video conference technology installed at our office in London. We recently held a meeting between delegates in London, Turkey, the Czech Republic, South Africa, Poland, Russia, Egypt, Hungary, Israel, Ireland and Dubai using this equipment. It cut costs and saved time. Our head management tend to lead by example with the use of video conferencing.
What venues will you use next year?
If the decision is led by cost, we will use a venue in a destination that we have used previously in a country where we have an office, so we can use as many of Google's own facilities as possible.
What makes Google events unique?
We're not too proud to have fun and not wear suits in the office and if we want to go back to our childhood and play games we will put them on in our events. They're fun and if it is at all possible to make a request happen then we will.
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