Tech

London wins bid for world-leading robotics and AI conference

London has been selected ahead of other European cities to host IEEE Robotics and Automation Society’s (RAS) flagship International Conference on Robotics and Automations (ICRA) in 2023. 

Cvent acquires DoubleDutch

Meetings, events, and hospitality technology provider Cvent has announced that it has acquired event management software provider DoubleDutch, based in San Francisco. The acquisition of DoubleDutch highlights Cvent’s investment in the mobile technology space and will complement and grow the company’s signature mobile event app and onsite solution capabilities. Mobile event apps are an integral par...

Cvent aims to hire 1,000 new staff

Event technology organisation Cvent has announced plans to expand its European footprint as it aims to hire nearly 1,000 employees around the world in 2019. The company will double the office headcount in Frankfurt and will continue to increase hiring efforts for its other regional offices in London and Dubai. The news comes just one year after Cvent announced it is opening a Frankfurt office whic...

How facial recognition can benefit your event

Pim Schoonderwoerd (pictured) and Paul Hassink of RAI Amsterdam discuss facial recognition, an emerging piece of technology with exciting applications for events and conferences.   As an organiser, you are always looking for ways to improve the visitor experience. Facial recognition is a technique that offers great opportunities to enhance the reception of event visitors. We recently conducte...

Travel buyers see new technology as a ‘fad’

Travel buyers are yet to be convinced by next generation technology, according to research conducted by the Business Travel Show. Approximately one fifth of the 134 European buyers polled believe that by 2022, bots, Blockchain and alternative realities (AR, VR, MR, XR) will ‘significantly improve booking, saving time and money’, but more than half claim it will have minimal to no impact on the ind...

Amex M&E expands tech partnership

American Express Meetings & Events, a division of American Express Global Business Travel (GBT), has announced it has expanded its attendee engagement portfolio via new partnerships with leading mobile event tool, Attendify, and the world’s first event marketing automation platform, Splash. With these new partners, American Express Meetings & Events clients now have a more robust suite of ...

Cvent takes its Event Evolution Model Down Under

Event technology specialist Cvent is to showcase its new events analysis tool at AIME, the Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event show in Melbourne, 18-20 February. The company claims that, based on an analysis of more than 10,000 events, APAC event planners will now be able to compare and re-invent their events programme using Cvent’s Event Evolution Model. The tool, Cvent says, helps planner...

Blippar goes bust

UK augmented reality start-up Blippar has gone into administration. Investors failed to agree on emergency funding for a much hyped company that had claimed it would be ‘bigger than the internet’. The company was founded in 2011 by Ambarish Mitra and Omar Tayeb. Their technology allowed users to scan objects with their smartphones to generate animations. Malaysian sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Na...

Bring the delegate into your digital space

ExpoPlatform’s Tanya Pinchuk says organisers need to plan carefully to ensure a loyal digital audience. [hr gap=”30″] There are some who still fear the potential impact of online technology on the business events industry, that digital tools could potentially take control of the event away from the organiser as interaction takes place online instead of in the meeting space or conventio...

Technology adoption is key to measuring event ROI, says report

A new report released by end-to-end marketing software company Splash suggests that the events industry is entering a new era, in which high-performing companies are investing more in event technology. The report was put together alongside Harvard Business Review Analytic Services, and is titled ‘The Event Marketing Evolution: An Era of Data, Technology and Revenue Impact’. It surveyed more than 7...

Surveying the future of event technology

In this blog, the judges of IBTM World’s upcoming Tech Watch Award offer their thoughts on what makes a winning entry, surveying some of the industry’s most innovative technology. [hr gap=”30″] Q: What emerging tech trends do you see as having a significant impact on events and/or exhibitions in the next few years? Corbin Ball, founder of Corbin Ball Associates, chair of the judge’s pa...

Driving innovation in the digital economy

London Technology Week (LTW) returns this June to showcase the UK capital as a global tech powerhouse, Sarah-Claire Picton reports London, Europe’s ‘technology capital’, becomes a nucleus of digital innovation as London Tech Week enters its fifth edition, 11-17 June. Co-founded by promotional agency London & Partners in 2014, LTW is London’s largest crowd-sourced festival of tech featuring liv...