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Event tech platform Slido doubles usage and increases global reach

Audience interaction specialists Slido has said its Q&A and polling platform was used at more than 125,000 events in 2018. The figure signifies a doubling of the number of events where Slido was used compared to the previous year. Events using Slido were held in 136 countries in 2018, the company says. Other statistics released for Slido include the number of active users topping 7.6m in 2018,...

L.A celebrates 50m visitors… with a hologram of Kobe Bryant

Los Angeles welcomed 50m visitors in 2018, according to the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board (LATCB). The Board celebrated the milestone, which was achieved two years ahead of target, by enlisting LA-based VNTANA to create a hologram of basketball superstar Kobe Bryant, delivering a message about LA being the ‘sports capital of the world’. A video of the hologram can be viewed above. Thi...

American Express Meetings & Events launches Meetings Express

American Express Meetings & Events (M&E), a division of American Express Global Business Travel (GBT), today announced the launch of Meetings Express. The platform provides users with a single global interface for sourcing small, simple, and recurring meetings. To provide the most relevant local content, Meetings Express is supported by carefully selected third-party technology providers i...

Aventri and Sciensio announce partnership

Event management software provider Aventri has joined forces with event chatbot company Sciensio to create an end-to-end management solution which leverages ‘EventBots’ to provide answers to thousands of common event questions. The EventBots use artificial intelligence technology to answer commonly asked questions such as ‘Where should I park?’ and ‘What’s the d...

RainFocus secures $40m investment for event marketing platform

Event marketing platform RainFocus has announced a US$40m strategic growth investment from JMI Equity, a growth equity firm focused on investing in software companies. The funding will be used to for expansion and accelerating the company’s product development efforts, says the RainFocus CEO JR Sherman (pictured), former President at Lanyon and Active Network. “The culture and team at JMI ar...

Computational design conference comes to Penang in 2019

Penang, Malaysia has won a bid to host the upcoming International Congress and Conferences on Computational Design and Engineering (I3CDE) 2019. The event will take place from 7-10 July at ParkRoyal Penang Resort, the first time the Korean-owned congress has taken place outside its home country. The event is organised by the Society for Computational Design and Engineering from Korea, and will att...

Are you making the most of social media?

A new report by Aventri and Little Bird Told Media is aiming to provide insight into how the events industry makes use of social media. Among the key findings was the fact that 96% of survey respondents said they used social media for marketing, but only 38% said they used it for crisis management. 87% used it for customer engagement, 77% for news, 65% for live streaming/video, and 42% for gamific...

2019 – the year of gamification?

Having devised cutting-edge events for blue chip companies such as Nationwide Building Society, Vodafone and IBM for over two decades, leading creative agency UKSV has its finger firmly on the pulse of the business events universe. Here’s what they have to say about gamification, a trend which is set to explode in 2019.   If you haven’t already been involved with ‘gamification’, then get read...

#DigiDay18 uses the human factor to make digital heroes in Frankfurt

The German Convention Bureau (GCB)’s ‘Digital & Innovation Day’ in Frankfurt, 11 December, offered more than 100 participants a platform to network, inspire and be inspired by the digital transformation in the meetings industry. Under the motto ‘How to be become a Digital Hero’, the GCB developed a Fitness Program 4.0 for #DigiDay18, enabling participants to put together their own agenda from ...

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...

Dubai venue launches interactive and virtual reality tours

E2 Dubai South, a venue in Dubai, has launched a new 3D virtual tour of its space, available at this link. The programme allows prospective visitors to explore the venue’s space digitally, navigating the exhibition, concert and conference setups. The venue hopes the new technology will allow event organisers to examine the space in advance, looking at staging, ceiling, AV installation, multimedia ...

Drone shows the new black?

Drone shows, for long a future industry trend, are becoming more popular as event organisers look for new ways to amaze their customers, explains Janis Kuze, Sales Director at SPH Engineering.   Impressive drone displays have already been seen at the Olympics, the Super Bowl, Coachella festival, Cirque du Soleil performances and many other landmark events, both corporate and private. But how ...

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