There isn’t a respected event media that hasn’t published an article about the event trends in 2016, including us (The 4 REAL Event Trends of 2016 You Should be Focusing on). However, as event organisers we need to not only keep up with the current trends but also look into the future when planning our events. Because an exceptional event needs to have that element of surprise and innovation.
Attend any event today and most likely you’ll find a dedicated mobile app. In fact, eighty-six percent of event planners expected to have an app at their event in 2016.
But as mobile event apps become the norm, what capabilities do attendees really want? And more importantly, how do planners add new features to make them love it?
It’s not every day you get to stand face to face against world champion UFC® athletes. However using RFID (radio frequency identification), live-event activities and social media driven technology, XOLUTION was able to excite and reward UFC fans in Ottawa.
To bring locals closer to the action, UFC set up a Fan Village outside The Arena at TD Place with RFID at the core.
Biometric data played a big part in recent activations from Ebay and Samsung. Ebay’s emotionally powered pop-up invited guests to enter biometric booths, which would help to read their body language and facial expressions to detect which products they liked the most.
Mobile apps for meetings and events have grown into more robust, comprehensive systems than when they debuted several years ago. Early iterations were simply a digital version of a show guide, offering venue maps, agendas, and sponsor information.
Mobile devices are increasingly becoming the tool of choice for online communications and content consumption, according to Gartner. The research and advisory company predicts that by 2018, more than 50 percent of users will use a tablet or smartphone instead of a desktop for their online activities.
NASHVILLE On November 2 at the 50th Annual Country Music Association Awards in Nashville, a new tech product debuted that offers a different way for planners to communicate directly with their attendees. Hurdl has created a wearable device that has applications at a variety of events such as festivals, sporting events, trade shows, and fund-raisers.
We’re well into 2016, and this year’s leading event technology trends are starting to take shape. We asked some of the event industry’s thought leaders about tech tools and ideas they’re excited about this year — which of these trends have you seen in action?
We probably all have a number of apps on our phones and tablets that we don’t use very often (if at all).
Don’t waste space with useless applications! Now is the time to have a clear out and make way for the best and most useful apps to hit the market this year.
We compiled 15 of the most interesting apps to be published so far in 2016, helping to give your productivity a boost and make your job (and your life) a little bit easier.
More information: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/blog/apps-for-event-planners-ds00/
Technology is changing the live music industry. Those who stay ahead of the curve have a huge opportunity to impress fans, simplify their work, and increase profit. So, how can you get smarter about using concert technology to produce and promote live shows?
More information: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/blog/concert-technology/