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Event Technology Upsides and Downsides

Discussing Up- and Downsides of Event Technology

Event technology can improve the ROI of events – but sometimes it is ahead of what event stakeholders like attendees, speakers, organizers are prepared to embrace.

I had taken a look at this issues in my post “My Love-Hate Relationship with Event Technology“, and that was reason enough for John Federico with the EventTech podcast to dig a little deeper in a recent interview.

Please find the podcast here:

How do you guys feel about event technology? Does it take your events to a new level or do you sometimes hate dealing with it?

Look forward to your comments!

Event Technology

My Love-Hate Relationship with Event Technology

This article was originally featured in the MICE World Magazine Singapore, click on this link to access the original post. I am honored to stage a session at their upcoming MICE World Intel event in Singapore, 17 April 2015.

The brave new world of technology, wearables, and gadgets is fascinating, isn’t it? Do you also belong to the posse that needs to get their hands on every new gadget out in the market?

Does your mind tell you: “Bah, this new Apple Watch, I really don’t need it.” But somewhere deep inside, you’re really craving for it? Well, welcome to the club!

But hold on: As event organisers, we sometimes get carried away only too quickly when it comes to technology. We tend to lose touch with how most humans want to interact when meeting people: F2F and not FB2FB (face-to-face rather than Facebook-to-Facebook). Continue reading My Love-Hate Relationship with Event Technology

Eventex: My Five Takeaways From Sofia

They say, when you attend an event, and you take away at least five things that you learned – or five people that you met who will potentially play a role in your personal or professional life – then it was a good event for you.

Well, according to that yardstick, Eventex in Sofia was a fabulous event!

Not only have I met lots of great people (speakers, tech providers, attendees, all of them Eventprofs). There are at least five takeaways that will definitely influence the way I go about event management, and they will also have an impact on the way I do consulting and training for event organizers .

What were the most sticky learnings from my personal perspective? Continue reading Eventex: My Five Takeaways From Sofia

Eventex Congress in Sofia casting its shadows

Sofia, Bulgaria is gearing up for the Eventex Congress, 25-26 February 2015.

In recent years, the event has become a truly international gathering of Eventprofs from a variety of countries. That is also reflected by the range of international speakers contributing to the event.

The congress has a two day program, day 1 focussing on event technology, day 2 on event marketing. I am happy to contribute with a presentation about event ticketing solutions to the program on 25 February. More about the content of my presentation can be found here on this blog.  Here’s an overview of the speakers you’ll meet at Sofia.

By the way, the event has a pretty cool website, too! Check it out by clicking on the picture below.

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Look forward to meeting you in Sofia!

A pretty cool tool for discussions at your event – The throwable mike!

Did you ever look for a smart way to get your conference delegates involved in the q+a session after a presentation? The typical roaming hostesses carrying the stage mikes are not really ideal, and I always felt kind of sorry for the ushers…

Here’s a pretty nice tool that will bring fun to the event, too. The Catchbox!

I want one!

(p.s.: I don’t get paid by the guys from Finland to write this 😉

What do you think?

Tech trend report for event professionals from ProLight + Sound Frankfurt 2012

The Frankfurt Music Fair and the parallel ProLight + Sound are fixed dates in my agenda.

First of all, because I love to meet again friends from the time when I was running music projects and was responsible for the young musicians subsidy scheme sponsored by Volkswagen. And it was great to see that the cooperation between Fender and Volkswagen which I started in those days is still alive, with a New Beetle special edition sound system – powered by Fender. Cool!

Secondly, this show simply feels like heaven for any musician (in my case it’s the electric guitar and amplification section that kicks me…).

But thirdly, the show is very interesting for anyone involved in events planning, experience design and event technology. You get a feel for new trends and what you can do in terms of projection, lighting, staging etc. I strongly believe that even traditional B2B event planners put the delegate experience and event design in the focus of their attention – this show inspires you a lot in that respect.

Following, find some pics and vids I took presenting particularly interesting stuff.

At a lot of stands, you could see interactive floors that are also used as projection screens. While that may be especially useful for disco design, I can imagine that for the creation of immersive event environments, they can be pretty exciting.

At the stand of Astera, I found some pretty interesting wireless LED lighting systems. They offer inflatable LED structures, balls, cubes, even table stretch covers. You can remote-control the speed and color of the LED lighting.

The stand of the Dutch LED Go presented some really amazing applications, including waterproof LED flooring and ultra-thin LED panels.

Since I first saw an interactive waterscreen (which was a piece of art at the Basel Art show), I fell in love with this projection technique. Here’s a company presenting a solution at the show.

In addition to the exhibition, Messe Frankfurt also offered a program called eventplaza. I had the chance to attend an entertaining presentation by Wolfgang Altenstrasser, Managing Director of Vok Dams, on of the leading German event agencies. Wolfgang spoke about hybrid event trends – his company is staging quite a number of them.

Poken, SpotMe, IML,…: Just gadgets or useful interaction devices for events?

I have been writing a lot about event apps on my blog, but obviously they are not the only technical aids that a conference planner can consider for their event.

There is a plethora of devices out there that can be used to interact with the audience at an event, to allow interaction and networking between the delegates, voting, polling, and a lot more functions.

Having used some of them at different events, I was asking myself what are the benefits of using audience response systems at a conference? Nowadays, a lot of people carry their smartphone or tablet computer at an event, and many organizers offer dedicated event apps for their conference or trade shows.

So, what is the point of having yet another device when you can use your shiny and expensive app for that? Or maybe completely different tools, like the old-school show of hands, red/green voting cards?

When I started writing this post, I soon became aware that a blog post is maybe not the right format to shed light on all the different aspects what technical tools can or cannot do for your event. So I decided to start a Wikimap, listing

  • the different areas of implementation
  • the pros and cons
  • and an overview of the vendors that offer technical devices and software for your meetings.

A Wikimap is published on the web, and it is editable by everyone (you need a free Mindmeister account to do that), it can be shared, embedded and appears on search results.

Feel free to click on the map below to view, contribute and comment on this overview of audience response systems. Look forward to your comments!

The Meeting Support Institute and the Project Meeting Architecture are dedicated to turn good meetings into great ones, by exploring ways to improve the learning, networking and motivational aspects of meetings. Technical devices and event technology are part of their research, but it goes way beyond that. I can fully recommend the work of this project group.