There is a definite positive energy found among people who are devoted to changing the world for the better. No where is this more apparent than at a Catalyst Conference. Founded by several influential names across multiple Christian denominations, this series of conventions offers leadership training to those looking to become a Community of Change Makers. There are three locations throughout the year that host the 3 day events; Atlanta, Dallas and West Coast. These three venues have a combined attendance of over 23,000 up and coming leaders. They divide their time between personalized breakout labs, large group sessions featuring talks by proven leaders in business and ministry, and worship sets and concerts.
To be an effective leader, you need to maintain a connection with those around you. You need to stay relevant. This philosophy permeated Catalyst’s approach to their selection of speakers, musicians, resources, technology and point of sale. They wanted to make the best use of available systems to create a personal and hands on experience for the attendees.
Time was also concern. The breaks between sessions are short, and no one wants to miss hearing their favorite speaker while stuck in a checkout line. Long lines could deter people from purchasing available books, DVDs and resource kits, which are an integral part of the take home experience. They provide valuable information to reinforce the messages heard during the conference.
Another requirement of the system was being able to quickly access consolidated reports. Managing inventory and restocking shelves during sessions has to be done quickly. The same is true at the end of the event. Unsold merchandise has to be verified against item reports before it is repacked and returned to the warehouse. This happens within hours after the event is over.