Emerging technology offers astonishing possibilities for the future of virtual events, such as remotely attending music festivals or lavish galas that feel hyperrealistic despite happening thousands of miles away. XR, or extended reality, platforms are offering event creators unprecedented opportunities to bring their most unique event concepts to life through stunning digital experiences. So how can the industry leverage it to develop event concepts that drive up the wow factor for their attendees? Well, the kicker is, even with rapid growth, the coveted event tech comes without a handbook.
Whether caused by taking part in a series of daylong video conference calls, catching up with loved ones from afar, or attending an event or meeting via an online platform (or a combination of all of these), virtual fatigue is a very real thing.
Now a year since the pandemic began, it’s clear that certain brands and organizations are coming out on top — those paying attention and addressing virtual fatigue by placing both their audiences and storytelling at the heart, thinking creatively and embracing new yet equally relevant technologies to enhance the virtual attendee experience.
Since 2020 is the revolutionary year for every sector, especially the corporate event management, this has brought about an immense amount of opportunities for event technology in the hybrid event sphere.
Events will be more innovative, interactive, dynamic, and virtual. With that potential, event technology will transform the critical aspects of events, making them more organized, enjoyable, and engaging to audiences.
Read more at: https://www.airmeet.com/hub/virtual-event-trends-2021/
Technology is constantly evolving. And with social distancing required to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the meetings and events industry, among all others, has become even more reliant on it. A permanent state of iteration paired with this new dependency equals new and ever-changing trends.
Below, we highlight current meetings and events technology for virtual, hybrid and live experiences.
Building on months of experience and some realistic expectations on global health trends, it’s not a matter of if, but how, the meetings and events industry will continue to experiment and change in 2021 and beyond. The tough part is: There’s still a lot to learn.
This is not the first time we’ve talked about the future of events in our event tech blog. Last time, we’ve emphasized hybrid events as one of the most anticipated trends in the events industry, and we’ve strongly looked over the upcoming opportunities and challenges closely related to technology for events. But it’s always worth to figure out events in 2021, especially when we are towards the end of the year.
Events are getting more mesmerizing with the aid of technological innovations. Specifically, the new add-on to this sector-‘ virtual event platforms’ are adding more value in this time of the pandemic.
However, event hosting is not a standalone process, whether it is a physical or virtual event! Helpfully, there is a range of innovative technologies that helps to turn the events more eventful such as mobile technology, event management software, 3D mapping, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Mixed Reality, Emotional/facial Recognition using AI, Wearables, and so on.
Knowing how to present a virtual event was not the most required skill until early 2020. But now, virtual events are bringing a taste of instant interaction and engagement between audiences and brands.
But how to be this person that has the ability of transmitting the proposed content and also communicate naturally with the audience?
Virtual reality or VR is a buzzword that has been on the tips of our tongues for a long time now. Having gained prominence, most notably in gaming and entertainment, it’s starting to make some big moves in the events industry.
Combine this with the rise of virtual events over the past few months, and it’s fair to say that there’s a fair bit of confusion flying around. Does a virtual event have to include VR? What can I do with VR at a virtual event?
We all know the importance of creating audience profiles for our events (right?), and that same strategy applies when we want to take our events virtual, or layer in digital elements to create a hybrid event. This webinar walks you through, step-by-step, how to create meaningful audience profiles and how to create journey maps for each of them. We’ll show you the areas to zero in on when it comes to virtual and hybrid events to make sure you create experiences that keep your audience happy and engaged.
Virtual events require a lot of effort and time to produce and involve as much, if not more work than an in-person event. When things start to go wrong, attendees don’t have to walk half a mile to report it. Problems are immediate and people expect solutions a whole lot faster. This makes it all the more important that you have the right people to prevent and handle these issue when they occur. You want a dream team.
What are virtual events?
Virtual events allow event organizers, speakers, attendees, and sponsors to interact remotely through a virtual environment. While webinar and virtual conferencing tools have been around for a while, innovative approaches and tools are quickly emerging to more closely align in-person event goals to the virtual channel.
Read more at: https://blog.bizzabo.com/virtual-events-conferences
As we enter further into the second quarter of the year, many look ahead for trends on the rise in their industry, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. 2020 is already a revolutionary year for corporate event management and although a lot remains uncertain, there are promising opportunities for event technology in the hybrid event space.
Read more at: https://blog.bizzabo.com/event-tech-trends-2020
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Last week, I wrote about some personal struggles and hardships that I was experiencing. Honestly, writing that newsletter was nerve-wracking because I thought that no one would want to read something that was riddled with worry and self-doubt.
Hosting virtual or online events has become an increasing popular option for planners. Not only is it a way to go on with the show during unexpected disruptions (such as a virus outbreak or a natural disaster), but virtual events have also been touted as a way to promote inclusivity and expand your audience reach.
Welcome to another episode of #EventIcons, and this time around we’re talking 2020 event tech trends! If you know Endless, you know we love talking about event tech. So much so, we have another podcast entirely dedicated to the topic. And we thought this would be a great opportunity to bring you a crossover episode. In recent past episodes, we covered several 202o trends in the industry, including marketing and design. So now it’s time for the 2020 event tech trends to shine!
Read more at: https://helloendless.com/2020-event-tech-trends/
When we asked 14 of the smartest women in event technology to name the top tech trends for the coming year, two findings jumped out:
1) There is no single trend that will dominate discussion (though there are a couple that definitely got more mentions); and
2) There are a LOT of tech trends that event professionals will need to watch!
There’s no doubt that immersive technologies can be a fun addition to business events. But what’s the point of using tech applications that don’t fulfill both attendees’ and exhibitors’ objectives for being there in person?
This question has become central to the work that John Kaplan does for clients who exhibit at events and who host events.
It’s time for the coolest conversation ever about AR and VR for events! This topic isn’t new for us here at Endless. And the reason we enjoy it so much is because it’s slowly but steadily revolutionizing the industry. As event planners, we need to make sure we’re always paying attention to the hottest trends out there. And especially those that have the power to improve the attendee experience. So on this week’s episode of #EventIcons, we’re breaking down all things AR and VR for events.
Read more at: https://helloendless.com/ar-and-vr-for-events/
Virtual Reality (VR) has arrived and it’s here to stay. This revolutionary event technology is set to enhance the conference industry with its immersive visualisation experiences.
It’s not just VR that’s making waves in the meeting world either. The unique powers of Augmented Reality (AR) continue to gain traction — especially with Millennials.
So, just how relevant are VR and AR to the events industry? Let’s look inside a world where anything’s possible!
The event tech world is constantly evolving, with innovations in virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) providing much of today’s fuel.
With the dizzying pace of change, it’s hard to keep up-to-date on what all the changes mean – especially for #eventprofs and #meetingprofs. VR, AR and AI are all changing every aspect of events – from the way they’re planned, visualized and even booked, to the way organizers, sponsors and vendors engage with attendees at events.
Remember how Keanu Reeves was transported to that white space with all the guns in The Matrix? That’s real now: You can transport your event attendees there with augmented reality and virtual reality for events.
From Pokemon GO to “dog face” Instagram filters and IKEA furniture planning, AR and VR tech is all around us.
The new year has begun, which can only mean one thing – time to round up the biggest event tech trends of 2019! While some trends change over time (virtual reality for one), it’s always surprising how many of trends stay the same, evolving over the years in sometimes very subtle ways. When it comes to technology, the biggest difference in trends is accessibility. As event technology continues to develop and be refined, it becomes easier to implement, making accessibility better than ever. That’s good news for everyone.
After launching the event industry’s first virtual reality floorplan visualization tool last year, we still get a little giddy anytime there is big VR industry news. As rumors swirled about the Oculus Quest – the company’s first stand-alone VR headset offering six degrees of freedom, room-scale movement, and casting abilities – we couldn’t wait to see if the device would live up to the hype.
We saw a lot of interesting things happening in the world of event tech this year. From the likes of LinkedIn and Airbnb making steady inroads into the events space to the much-anticipated applications of AI-enabled technology such as chatbots and facial recognition. The EU GDPR was another big one. Not only did the legislation have a massive impact in the way we look at privacy and data security, but it also changed the way event planners use tech like registration systems and apps when it comes to collecting the personal information of people coming to their events.
Augmented and virtual reality has been trending in the meeting and event industry for some time now. But what is it? Is it here to stay? What’s the difference between the two technologies? How can planners implement them successfully into their events? In this interview, Will Curran and Brandt Krueger will expand on episode 2 of their podcast, “Event Tech Podcast”, which focuses on augmented and virtual reality in the meeting and event industry and answer all of these questions, and more.
Providing event management software to clients around the globe, we’ve seen events leverage some incredibly amazing new tech. Innovative new ways to market and engage audiences have been wild, to say the least, and one of the biggest moves in events as of late has been Virtual Reality (VR). Ever since the release of the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive, VR has taken the gaming world by storm. It wasn’t long until more practical applications were released, and filled up booth after booth of conferences the world over.
Read more at: https://blog.eventbank.com/event-vr-guide/
AI and VR Will Revolutionize Communication at Events
The latest artificial intelligence innovation from Google could make translating your conference speakers cheaper, more accurate, and more personal. Nicknamed Translatotron, the new AI-powered system is in the testing phase but so far appears to be able to provide simultaneous translation using a close approximation of the speaker’s voice, retaining the intonation and emphasis. In the near future, meeting planners could use the system to provide less costly simultaneous translation for international events requiring multiple languages for several sessions.
Technology is the new business enabler. The event management industry is technology dependent. We all know that nobody buys an event ticket from the counter anymore. It is because, ticketing and event management platforms that have successfully bridged the gap between event organisers and attendees. Thus, event apps have found a way for stakeholder engagement to determine ROI.
If you haven’t heard of interactive and VR experiences for events, you haven’t been paying attention. Here at Endless, we’ve been covering a lot of topics related to this. And we did so because of the possibilities these new technologies bring to the world of events! They are exciting, ever-evolving, and there’s always something new to bring to the table.
So, on this week’s Event Tech Podcast, we’re shaking things up a little bit. Out hosts, Brandt Krueger and Will Curran, sit down with two very special guests.