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January 29, 2019

Americas: Planning for Princes, Prime Ministers, and Protests

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The World Economic Forum’s annual meeting, widely known as Davos after the town where the conference is held, is wrapping up in Switzerland. Last year the WEF planning team deployed 4,000 Swiss soldiers, more than 1,000 police officers, and instituted a no-fly zone around the Davos Congress Centre and about 20 protestors were still able to break through the security cordon. This year, the conference has not had too much disruption from protestors, although a 16-year-old Swedish activist is sleeping in a tent outside the conference center in subzero temperatures to highlight climate change. Here are some of the challenges the WEF event planning team face every year:

Accommodating sessions that vary from Britain’s Prince William interviewing the 92-year-old naturalist David Attenborough to small technology workshops unveiling innovations, such as CuteCircuit’s sound-sensitive shirt that will allow deaf people to “feel” music.

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