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Facebook finally makes a virtual reality world

Mark Zuckerberg kicked off Facebook’s annual F8 developer conference on Tuesday. The two-day event, now in its tenth year, drew roughly 4,000 attendees to the San Jose Convention Center in California.

 This year, the company announced new augmented reality features for your smartphone camera, a cute VR version of the social network for Oculus and even more ways to talk to companies on Messenger.
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Travel Brands and Meeting Planners Are Using Virtual Reality to Drive Conversion

Tim Baxter, president of Samsung Electronics America, announced at the CES 2017 technology show in Las Vegas last month that the company topped five million sales of its $100 Samsung Gear virtual reality (VR) headsets since launching them 13 months ago.

Also at CES, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich held his company’s press conference in virtual reality with 260 media wearing Oculus Rift headsets.

More information: https://skift.com/2017/02/08/travel-brands-and-meeting-planners-are-using-virtual-reality-to-drive-conversion/

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Virtual reality for events: Who is using it?

There has certainly been a lot of buzz about virtual reality and many have predicted that it will soon be one of the hottest trends in the events industry. We set out in search of real-world examples of how virtual reality is currently being used. Despite the hype, virtual reality use is still quite limited in our industry. Here is a quick round-up of what we discovered.

More information: http://planyourmeetings.com/virtual-reality-for-events-who-is-using-it/

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Wendy Dio Talks Charity Event And Opinions On Dio Hologram

On May 17th, 2010, heavy metal legend, Ronnie James Dio passed away from stomach cancer making it one of the saddest days the world of metal had ever experienced. Though the man may be gone, his legacy will live on forever and what better way to celebrate this than the Ride for Ronnie event? Ride for Ronnie is a cancer/benefit hosted in California on May 7th 2017.

More information: http://www.alternativenation.net/wendy-dio-talks-charity-event-opinions-dio-hologram/

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See How One Brand Used 15 Drones to Reveal Its New Car

With press attendance at the Los Angeles Auto Show nearly doubling over the past four years and consumer attendance nearing one million attendees, it can be hard for automakers to communicate their messages over the noise of events and promotions. The key is coming up with an approach that is fully differentiated from anything attendees are likely to see during the busy show calendar period—and ideally, unlike anything they’ve seen before.

More information: http://www.bizbash.com/see-how-one-brand-used-15-drones-to-reveal-its-new-car/new-york/story/31535#.WP2PqUV96M8

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Inside TED’s Unconventional App Strategy

Since its inception in 1984, the TED Conference has been known for being a model of innovation—in format, content, layout, interactivity, and more. So it’s not surprising that its conference app is also, well, uniquely TED. It’s designed by an in-house team with a singular focus on serving attendee needs. And while other conference and event hosts may share that mindset, for TED it manifests itself in ways that are uncommon.

More information: http://www.bizbash.com/inside-teds-unconventional-app-strategy/new-york/story/31827#.WP2PoUV96M8

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5 Crowd-Sourcing Apps for Events

Thanks to a host of resourceful crowd-sourcing apps, eventgoers are now sharing more than just the live experiences with their fellow attendees. From carpooling to even CPR assistance, here’s a look at some apps harnessing people power.

More information: http://www.bizbash.com/5-crowd-sourcing-apps-for-events/new-york/story/32648#.WP2OtEV96M8

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4 Ways Event Planners Can Use Snapchat Successfully

Since its launch five years ago, Snapchat has evolved from a somewhat salacious photo-sharing app to a millennial-focused marketing tool used by brands and media companies to spread the word, particularly when it comes to live events.

In addition to allowing brands to broadcast on the app’s Live Stories feature and highlighting aspects of events on its Discover channels, Snapchat is becoming an official event partner.

More information: http://www.bizbash.com/4-ways-event-planners-can-use-snapchat-successfully/new-york/story/32904#.WP2OrEV96M8

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New App Creates Snapchat-Like Photo Filters for Events

Planners looking to offer a photo-sharing experience at their events have a new option from EventsTag. Snap Mask is a facial-recognition masking app that the company created to enable brands to offer a Snapchat-like experience at events.

“Events are desperately searching for the next best thing in photo sharing,” says Dan Strang, C.E.O. of EventsTag. “Obviously there’s a load of popularity in Snapchat, but it’s a very closed-off platform.

More information: http://www.bizbash.com/new-app-creates-snapchat-like-photo-filters-for-events/new-york/story/33354#.WP2N40WGOM8

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Is This VR App the Future of Music Festivals?

1. IS THIS VR APP THE FUTURE OF MUSIC FESTIVALS?: TheWaveVR, a virtual-reality music app, launched a beta version on Wednesday that lets users participate, view, host, and socialize at concerts and EDM festivals—anytime, anywhere. Techcrunch: “In addition to wandering the virtual desert and socializing, you can also dive behind the turntables and craft tracks with a surprisingly finessed VR DJ setup, spinning tracks while also doing things that just aren’t possible in the real world thanks to pesky gravity.”

More information: http://www.bizbash.com/april-13-2017-this-vr-app-the-future-of-music-festivals-stubhub-hopes-to-be-more-social-with-facebook-integration/new-york/story/33800#newsItem_43974

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3 New Ways to Incorporate Virtual Reality at Your Events

Virtual reality and augmented reality activations have a built-in wow factor, as guests put on a virtual-reality headset and are immediately transported to a different world. But in addition to just being fun, a VR experience can also align with the overarching goals of an event. Here are some how event planners and VR companies are reinventing ways this constantly evolving technology can be incorporated into events.

More information: http://www.bizbash.com/3-new-ways-to-incorporate-virtual-reality-at-your-events/new-york/story/33709#.WPRZIUWGOM8

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Video: See How Projection Mapping Turned This Venue Into a Work of Art

Projection mapping is a creative way to transform buildings and walls into visually stunning elements of decor. This technique turns flat surfaces into displays for 3-D videos. But what if an event is outside, without any walls?

That was the challenge for David Corwin of Megavision Arts for a wedding for a member of Qatar’s royal family in November. The wedding for 1,200 guests was to take place in a 53,000-square-foot tent erected on an empty lot on the outskirts of Doha.

More information: http://www.bizbash.com/video-see-how-projection-mapping-turned-this-venue-into-a-work-of-art/new-york/story/33796#.WPRZHEWGOM8

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Event App Spotlight: CrowdCompass

In our event app spotlight series, we take a close look at great mobile event apps that our clients have utilized for their events. We give an overview, go over special features and explain how our client used the app to help their event succeed. This time we’re focusing on CrowdCompass!

More information: https://meetingtomorrow.com/blog/event-app-spotlight-crowdcompass

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5 Trends In Virtual Reality For Events

It seems that nobody can escape virtual reality, least of all the event industry. Here we identify five of the rising trends we’re seeing right now.

This time last year, virtual reality adoption appeared to be very much on the rise and many of us speculated about how it would affect the events industry. It’s fair to say that since then, VR has exploded into the mainstream and is already seeing many exciting use cases in events. Here we list five of the biggest VR trends we’re seeing and how they are affecting the events industry right now.

Read more at http://www.eventmanagerblog.com/virtual-reality-trends-events#32ccZy3jxsubBQQW.99

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Surprise Your Attendees with a 3D Hologram on Your Event

Looking for an extra to boost your event? Something that will blow the minds of your attendees? Then the new Hypervsn hologram technology is a must-have.

Where usually holograms are an expensive undertaking, Hypervsn costs distinctly less. By taking a simple technique to a higher level, you can achieve beautiful results.

This London-based company Kino-mo saw the potential in propellers with a LED display. After a bit of fine-tuning, Hypervsn was born. You plug the propeller in and then the 3D image will appear. You can set up the holograms configuration yourself.

More information: https://www.eventplanner.tv/news/8325_surprise-your-attendees-with-a-3d-hologram-on-your-event.html

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The Top 30 Event Planning Apps

To be profitable in today’s hospitality industry, it’s crucial to be up-to-date on the technology that’s available to us. There are many apps available now that can help event planners become more efficient in their day-to-day tasks. Here are the top 30 apps out there that can help make your event a real success!

More information: https://www.socialtables.com/blog/event-planning/event-coordinating-apps/

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7 Event Ticketing Apps to Seriously Speed Up Registration

Now, more than ever, it is crucial for your event to make the registration and ticketing process as easy and painless as possible. After all, this is the first impression participants will have of your event. The last thing you want is to stick them in a line, especially when they’re so eager to get going.

More information: https://www.socialtables.com/blog/event-technology/event-ticketing-apps-registration/

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Using Virtual Reality at Events 101: Your Guide to this Exciting Technology

Virtual reality (VR) has been a topic within the events industry for over a decade.  The conversations come at a time when event professionals were debating whether virtual meetings would replace face-to-face.  It was a time when Second Life was the platform for escape and in some cases a marketplace to sell products.  Now that VR has been brought into our lives with a simple visit to the mobile store, the events industry is embracing its usage as part of an overall digital enhancement strategy.

More information: https://www.socialtables.com/blog/event-technology/using-virtual-reality-at-events/

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7 Live Streaming Event Apps for Broadcasting Special Events

The dramatic growth of second screen technology and hybrid meetings has permeated nearly every meeting and event, and should be top of mind for all future programming. Without implementing a secure live stream for your next event, you’ll miss out on countless sets of eyes connecting with your meeting at hand. The live streaming event apps takeover is unavoidable, and it’s time you and your events take advantage of this new era.

More information: https://www.socialtables.com/blog/event-technology/live-streaming-event-apps/

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How to Cut Lines and Costs at Your Event with RFID Wearable Technology

All event technology is wearable if you try hard enough.

Glue your digital stopwatch to a wristband and spray paint it gold, and you’ve got a smartwatch.

Knit a sweater in a QR code pattern, and you’re mobile access to information.

Tape a phone to the edge of a sun visor and let it dangle in front of your face during a presentation.

More information: http://blog.capterra.com/wearable-technology-for-events/

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Digivents: App, Registration And Check-in In One [Review]

Digivents: What Is It?

Digivents is a platform for the digital management of registration, check-in and mobile apps for events. As well as managing attendee check-in and registrations, Digivents gives the event manager control over other aspects of event management and attendee engagement.

Read more at http://www.eventmanagerblog.com/digivents-review#UprFlXHzPuZovebB.99

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NVOLV: An Event App Your Sponsors & Attendees Will Love [Review]

NVOLV is an event app focused on increasing brand interactions and the event experience, using innovative features such as augmented reality and gamification. Here is our review.

NVOLV: What Is It?

NVOLV is an event technology company looking to innovate the event experience. They have developed an event mobile app to increase brand activations and ROI focused on promotion, interaction and lead retrieval.

Read more at http://www.eventmanagerblog.com/nvolv-review#8lVg9z3c4RwTeOzx.99

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7 Tips For Evaluating Mobile Event App Providers

Mobile event apps are changing the way we experience live events. People are using smartphones and tablets day and night, at work and at home – and you can be sure they’re expecting to be able to use them at your event. But, as a planner, how do you choose the right mobile event app? We’ve laid out the 7 features you should look for to create the most engaging, relevant and personalized mobile event app experience for your attendees.

More information: https://blog.cvent.com/events/mobile/evaluating-mobile-event-app-providers/

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Mixed Reality – blurring the line between real and virtual

As 2017 picks up pace, the pixies at Team DB are mired in the depths of building, coding and developing some exciting new projects and software for clients this spring and beyond, and there’s one piece of tech which stands out as causing the most excitement and buzz amongst our excitable geeks, and that is Mixed Reality – or MR, the latest upgrade to Virtual Reality.

More information: http://techtalk.eventmagazine.co.uk/2017/02/09/mixed-reality-blurring-the-line-between-real-and-virtual/

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The Analytics You Didn’t Know Your Registration Site Has

Event planners, how much of your time is spent trying to get visitors to your event website? It’s a huge effort, for sure. If you’ve been successful driving significant traffic there, then way to go! But securing registrants to your event is only a small piece of the puzzle. Buried inside your event technology platform is a whole constellation of event registration analytics just waiting for you to explore.

More information: http://blog.attendease.com/blog/registration-site-analytics

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Event App Analytics To Plan Your Best Event Yet (that work in 2017)

One of the best innovations in event tech over the last few years is the advent of event apps as an extension of many event technology platforms. Their mobility and flexibility have made the jobs of both event marketers and event planners much easier. One of the great advantages of event apps is their ability to offer us distinct analytics to help us refine our efforts as we produce our current events and plan more strategically for future events.

More information: http://blog.attendease.com/blog/7-event-app-analytics

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Solution-centric tools enhance Mobile Event Apps

SpotMe transforms meetings and inspires participants. Its robust mobile tools spark collaboration, kick-start networking, enhance learning, drive strategic alignments, and help attendees absorb important content. Since 2001, the global SpotMe team has been delivering apps and interactive capabilities for thousands of events around the world. Today, SpotMe amplifies its extensive tools by providing a solution-centric approach to enhance the participant’s journey while meeting business objectives.

More information: https://www.eventindustrynews.com/news/event-technology-news/solution-centric-tools-enhance-mobile-event-apps/

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10 Useful Push Notifications to Send through your Event App

In order to make your participants aware of what is happening at your event, using your event app to send messages can be an extremely efficient channel. However, keep two important points in mind: Make sure that your posts are relevant, and that they are sent at the right times. Otherwise the push messages will merely be irritating.

Learn more: https://www.eventplanner.tv/news/6026_10-useful-push-notifications-to-send-through-your-event-app.html

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iBeacons, the New Revolution for Events

The iBeacon is actually a small transmitter that works with Bluetooth Low Energy technology (BLE). It’s Apple’s alternative to Near Field Communication (NFC) that’s being built into more and more smartphones. BLE is available on the latest versions of iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, iPad Mini, Android smartphones and tablets, Windows smartphones and tablets, and BlackBerry smartphones. An important advantage of iBeacons over NFC: the reach is far greater. With NFC, the range is only a few centimeters, with iBeacons it’s 50 meters.

Learn more: https://www.eventplanner.tv/news/6124_ibeacons-the-new-revolution-for-events.html