Tech expert James Morgan takes a look at top ten event technology to watch out for in 2020.
1. Expo FP.com
ExpoFP.com is a platform where organisers can create interactive floor plans to sell booths and find exhibitors. Exhibitors can see what booths are available, reserve them online in real-time as well as create and modify company profiles. Attendees can search for exhibitors, booths and product categories, see exhibitor details, bookmark exhibitors and navigate the show floor. Organisers can modify the floor plans, sell floor plan advertising and send exhibitors branded PDF invoices. The floor plans work in a browser on any phone, computer or touch-screen kiosk. Also great for suppliers to navigate the show floor during build. A free DIY option is available. www.expofp.com
Ensure your visitors make the most of their valuable time and meet the right people and attend the most useful education sessions. NetworkTables works with organisers to facilitate visitor and exhibitor matchmaking. It also great at matching visitors with attending the right education round tables and workshops sessions too. Its quick and easy to implement. Visitors can see who else is attending a show. showing up. It works from any browser or device with no registration or download needed. www.networktables.com
More interactivity needed for your visitors? Thinking about gamification on the show floor? Altumus works throughout Europe providing gamification platforms to increase engagement. From branded interactive spinning wheels, touchscreen quiz platforms to interactive stand catalogues; Altumus can create bespoke applications or provide off the shelf interactive solutions to attract visitors. www.altumretail.com
4. Canvas Planner
Bin the Excel sheet. Canvas Planner is an online platform that helps event planners and teams visualize their workflow and collaboration through an intuitive and interactive overview. Canvas Planner uniquely combines a visual work flow canvas with task management. The platform and creates a picture of events, projects, and tasks in realtime. The tool is ideal for event planners that often work in remote locations or teams, with various stakeholders, and across timezones. www.canvasplanner.com
Annoying queues at the coat check? Make the visitor experience less stressed by automating the coat check facility. Innovative Quidrop uses robotic arms to provide an automatic cloakroom service at large events and exhibitions. No staff required. You can choose specific materials to cover of the unit façade and registration terminals, so that the machines are adapted to the décor of the event space. The solutions can be fully branded with sponsor logos, an ideal way to pay for the service. www.ouidrop.eu
The Invasion of the Bots is happening. Why not be part of it with your own visitor event bot. The Belgian based company provides AI powered voice or text based bots for exhibitions. The bots help organisers save resources and time on communication whilst improving customer service with instant information. Visitors will find it easier to find things on the showfloor, as well as what’s happening at various times of the day, or even when and where to connect for trains and planes. www.eventumbot.com
Ever considered a quiet space at your show? It might be a good idea for both stressed out staff as well as visitors wanting to catch a break. Meditainment is a simple to use website that offers guided meditation with stories, music and sounds of nature. The guided meditations and visualizations are created to be engaging and inclusive so that meditation and its amazing benefits can easily be enjoyed by groups of people. Set it up in a small room in the venue. It’s a talking point. www.meditainment.com
8. Qik Objects
How often do visitors loose things? From mobile phones to items of clothing and bags, there is always a problem with lost property. Qik Objects is the intelligent lost and found department. Qik Objects lets object finders connect with the owners and facilitate the return of the items. The platform is accessible through a responsive web app and via their Qikobot. The service is access free. Qik collects a small transaction fee whenever there is a match in the database and an item is returned.
Interactive features add to the festivalisation trend. TagSpray provides large screen live digital graffiti, for public participation at events and exhibitions, turning mobiles into virtual spray cans. TagSpray supports multiple simultaneous users on one screen, so it doesn’t matter whether you’re an accomplished graffiti artist, or you just want to create a simple flower, stick man or your very own tag signature. Everyone can get involved. When they are done tagging, it’s easy to share the whole screen on social media, including a sponsors message. Be the first to use TagSpray and create a buzz around your exhibition or stand. www.tagspray.com
Add to your outdoor show festivalisation strategy with a unique photo opportunity. Spelfie or the space selfie in partnership with AIRBUS, brings intergalactic fun to outdoor shows. The downloadable app from the App Store or Google Play gives attendees the ability to capture their memories – and the event itself – from space, using state of the art satellite technology. It is a unique souvenir that is experiential and most importantly shareable. www.spelfie.com