Each year, more than 100,000 comic book, TV, video game, and cosplay fans descend on the Javits Center in Manhattan for one of the world’s largest pop culture conventions. New York Comic Con may be “wonderful pandemonium” if you ask the people from ReedPOP, who oversee the convention, but how did the event organizer manage the gates while keeping fans safe, happy, and eager to come back next year?
During the event, the new C&G Access ‘platform’ sped up the entrance rate, instantly validating badges and monitoring crowd flow without any human intervention, neither from the staff nor from the attendees.
There is one piece of event technology that is essential for all types and sizes of events –event registration. Whether it’s event registration or ticketing, there are no arguments for keeping the plastic clipboards and long queues, and there certainly is no need to discuss the benefits of going online.
After some consideration, you may have come to the conclusion that a conference or an exhibition like the one that you run requires a native smartphone and/or tablet app. Congratulations! You took the right decision! In case my previous post on app technology and providers has given you some inspiration, I’d be more than happy…
Eventpedia Partners with TurnoutNow to Provide Analytics Using Beacon Technology in Mobile Event AppsEventpedia, a creator of mobile event apps for conferences, events and tradeshows, announced today they will be partnering with TurnoutNow, the leading provider of live-event data analytics using beacon technology.
Beacons are becoming fixtures at major events. Several events have been using them successfully for years. They can be used to help internal staff communication, facilitate networking, indoor mapping, collecting data, sending marketing messages, etc. Beacons help apps engage its users. So for events, where people use the event app very heavily for a short period of time, they can add a lot of value.
In what is arguably his Magnum Opus*, a 2002 Tom Cruise opened our eyes, to what a pretty cool, and occasionally scary, future could look like. In the seminal work*, “Minority Report”, Mr. Cruise (or Tom, as I call him), showed us what it could look like if the government was able to stop moments of pre-meditated murder.
With event apps, push notifications and cashless payments, it’s no secret that mobile devices play a major role in successful events. Another way to utilize mobile is through lesser known devices called iBeacons.
iOS devices, such as iPhones and others, have been given a new way to gain location-based information. Through Apple’s wireless Bluetooth low-energy technology called iBeacon, these devices have access to the information and services that will send notifications, special offers, and security alerts to the device when they enter a certain area.
Once again Apple has triggered an event-industry innovation streak. Its iBeacon—a small piece of hardware that transmits signals to a smart device—has sparked the imagination of leading mobile app developers, several of whom have announced beacon-enabled features for their existing event apps.
If you’re in the Pro AV space, or are familiar with streaming and recording live events, you’ve no doubt heard of drones. And if you’re curious about using drone technology in your next live production, you’ve come to the right place.
Technology is forever changing its course as well as its medium. With event producers preferring projection mapping for grabbing maximum eyeballs, most events are likely to feature cutting edge audio, video and lighting advancements in events making them even better.
Have you ever heard of the Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive? Surely the Google Glass? If you haven’t, allow us to explain. These are all virtual reality and augmented reality headsets making waves this year. With virtual reality proving to be big in the world of technology, it is important to know how it could impact the event planning industry.
Let’s start from scratch. What is virtual reality anyway? Virtual reality is literally a virtual reality. It is a beautiful piece of technology that can create a world of discovery and interaction. This is made possible by so-called ‘stereoscopic’ goggles . Notable examples include the Google Cardboard and Oculus Rift.
NBC has promised to broadcast 85 hours of the 2016 Rio Olympics in virtual reality. The opening and closing ceremonies, plus men’s basketball, gymnastics, track and field, beach volleyball, diving, boxing, and fencing events will all be available for the Samsung Gear VR headset, through a special section of the NBC Sports app.
From a young age we’re taught that humans perceive the world through five senses. What is perceived is then translated into experiences, which make up reality as we know it. Virtual reality presents these senses with a computer-generated environment that is, to some extent, explorable.
Look up “voting” on Google and the top search results are dominated by links about electoral voting. Making decisions (about elected leaders, opposing choices, and action plans, etc.) is the first function of voting that comes to mind for most people.
Wireless Voting System in Singapore – Why is it popular?
If you take a look a few years back, you will realize that social events were not that Hi-Tech. People used to rely on projectors and slides in order to convey their messages to the audience. They used to ask the attendees to raise their hands in order to seek their opinion on a particular matter.
Gathering feedback from your audience and engaging them is a key success factor for conferences. In the old days, we used to do that during the Q+A session, and maybe with hand signs or the famous green and red cards, but there are so much more sophisticated tools now. I had the chance to try out some of them at the recent Confex exhibition in London.
During the recent ‘Credit Crunch’ organisations were under pressure to cut their conferences and events budgets. What they saved by reducing the size of the stage or by going to a cheaper venue shouldn’t have effected the basic content of the day or the goals for staging the event in the first place.
Live polling enables event planners and organizers to provide better levels of engagement between speakers and attendees. While traditional audience response systems are limited and require an additional investment by event hosts, a mobile event app gives attendees access to session information, PDF documents, and other resources alongside the ability to submit live responses to questions posed at sessions.
When we first tried to learn about Audience Response Systems, it quickly became overwhelming. First, they go by many names: Classroom clickers, voting keypads, classroom performance systems, classroom response systems, personal response systems, student response systems, audience polling, interactive meetings… Wow. Yikes!