Virtual Edge Institute (VEI), an organization dedicated to advancing the development and adoption of virtual event and meeting technology has been accepting applications for the Digital Event Strategist (DES) certification program — the only certification of its kind – for the past several months. The DES certification is specifically designed to help develop the talent that organizations need to effectively engage audiences using online events.
Today VEI announced that meeting professionals have until the September 17, 2012 deadline to apply for the first round of the Freeman/bXb Online scholarship awards for the DES certification. Freeman and bXb Online committed a total of $150,000 in support of the certification program and related Virtual Edge Summit education. The financial commitment will be used to sponsor professionals in pursuit of advanced credentials in this discipline. All DES certification applications will be reviewed by a designated selection committee and scholarships will be awarded and announced on September 19, 2012.
Michael Doyle, Executive Director of Virtual Edge Institute stated, “VEI is thrilled with the opportunity to grant scholarships toward the growth of this emerging profession. Freeman and bXb Online’s commitment is very much appreciated, and it will be exciting to follow the careers of the scholarship recipients in years to come.”
D. Bradley Kent, Sr., Vice President of Industry Relations for Freeman stated, “We are thrilled to team up with bXb Online in support of professional education in the digital event marketing discipline. Freeman looks forward to watching and contributing to the growth of this aspect of meetings for many years to come.”
bXb Online’s Founder, Tony Lorenz stated, “bXb Online’s support of the VEI scholarship program illustrates our commitment to lifelong learning. We hope that this commitment will further the growth and development of professional education in digital event marketing.”
More information on VEI’s DES certification program is available at http://www.virtualedgeinstitute.com/digital-event-strategist-information.
Details about the Freeman/bXb Online DES scholarship program and scholarship applications are available at https://virtualevent.wufoo.com/forms/w7x0w1/.