technology

How can event planners use Clubhouse?

By Frank Yang, CMP, CEM, PMP, director of convention marketing at KINTEX, South Korea   Clubhouse is a social networking space where people around the world with similar interests exchange information and communicate based on voice: telling stories, asking questions, debating, learning, and having impromptu conversations on thousands of different topics. Launched in April 2020, Clubhouse exceeded ...

Web Summit puts its event software up for sale, announces 50 new hires

Major tech conference/exhibition Web Summit is joining the gold rush for virtual event platforms, as it announces its event software is now for sale. The company’s first customer for its software is the United Nations Development Programme. Web Summit is an event that makes heavy use of technology, with aspects of registration, networking, and more taking place via the event’s app. This software w...

Restrata provides covid-safe hotels for Abu Dhabi T10 cricket tournament

Restrata, a company which provides covid-safe technology and emergency response management, recently partnered with the Abu Dhabi T10 cricket competition. The UK-based company provided biosecure hospitality locations in hotels, stadia and transport. Included in this were social distancing measures, instant contact tracing and restricted access to the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Data was gathered and sha...

New event technology product Twigged launching in April

A new event technology company based in the UK, Twigged, is launching soon. Twigged aims to simplify the registration process for conferences and trade shows, eliminating the need to fill them in multiple times. It also serves as a digital event wallet, while giving event participants complete control of their data. Twigged is being developed by AMMP Digital, a company co-founded by Matt Coyne, fo...

The Assembly and Engage Works launch 3D event platform

UK-based event management company The Assembly and creative technology agency Engage Works have launched enso, a virtual event platform. Created to “encapsulate the best of physical events, broadcast, and digital experiences”, enso is a hybrid 3D platform for networking, collaboration, commercialisation, and analytics. enso allows attendees to engage with each other, exhibits, auditori...

New online event platform TeeVid launches

A new online event platform, TeeVid, has launched. The platform features a studio providing video production tools, multi-channel streaming across major platforms such as Facebook and YouTube, and chat rooms for delegates. TeeVid Events’ USP is its customisability, which its creators say allows users to “create, produce & broadcast immersive experiences.” Event planners can easily rebrand the ...

Swapcard acquires registration platform Avolio

Online event platform Swapcard has acquired Avolio, a registration platform based in the USA. Swapcard says the acquisition will allow them to provide event organisers with one technology partner that can run all their hybrid and virtual events. The acquisition comes following a 400% increased in projected turnover between June 2020 and January 2021 for Swapcard. The company has also expanded from...

Meetingselect completes acquisition of German MICE Access

Meetingselect, a Dutch group of IT companies in the meetings tech industry, today announced the completion of the acquisition of the German-based MICE Access. MICE Access is a global meetings distribution technology, originally founded in 2007. It uses an interface technology allowing online travel agencies and meetings & event technology providers to connect to the Meetings API or design thei...

IBTM’s TechWatch winner

IBTM World Virtual crowned the winner of its TechWatch programme, which sees a series of event tech startups pitching to a panel of judges. The finalists were narrowed down to five, with Clipr being picked as the eventual winner. Clipr uses machine learning to analyse lengthy videos of recorded event content, breaking it down into more easily consumable chunks. It also creates ‘meeting recaps’ to ...

Virtual platform Hopin acquires StreamYard for USD$250m

Virtual events platform Hopin has acquired video streaming studio StreamYard for USD$250m. StreamYard is a browser-based studio that allows users to stream high quality live video directly to social media sites such as Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn. Hopin will be replacing its own built-in video streaming studio with StreamYard’s moving forwards. Hopin is an 18-month old virtual event platform wh...

Cyber security tops business leader IT concerns

Cyber security is the top concern of business leaders, and the area where leaders feel their knowledge is most lacking, according to research conducted by events and technology company GDS Group. According to senior leaders at the 300 global companies polled on behalf of Meet the Boss, an online roundtable platform and subsidiary brand of GDS Group, cyber security remains their top priority. Howev...

How to build an inclusive and interactive digital conference

Evan Gappelberg looks at some best practices for building an inclusive and interactive global conference.   The Covid-19 pandemic changed the event landscape drastically, forcing conferences and meetings to digitalise for the health and safety of attendees. While born out of necessity, this trend will likely continue beyond 2020 as we see the cost and logistical benefits that virtual events o...