Category Archives: Technology


New MPI Learning Events are Big

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) will take advantage of two major showcases as part of its Experiential Event Series next year. The MPI learning events will allow participants to experience CES, the largest international consumer technology tradeshow presented by the Consumer Technology Association, and South by Southwest Conferences & Festivals (SXSW), the annual music, film and emerging technologies conference…

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A Discussion with Technology Expert Corbin Ball

On Nov. 10, technology expert Corbin Ball presented a Smart Meetings webinar where he discussed the explosive growth of the Internet of things. He talked about how technology is changing the meetings and event industry, and provided tips on recent trends and applications. His articles have appeared in hundreds of national and international publications, he…

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Freeman Invests in Meetings Technology

Freeman, a design-driven company known for providing brand experiences, is investing in the future of the meetings and events industry with the launch of Freeman Digital Ventures. Announced globally today, Freeman will invest in innovation that supports meetings technology to help exhibitors, organizers and corporate clients  deliver business results and customer experiences. Freeman Digital Ventures has already…

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Share & Share Alike

Techno Files: Share & Share Alike

6 sharing economy sites that are great for event planners The sharing economy is here to stay. According to BizBash, it is forecast to generate $235 billion dollars in revenue in the next two years. Companies such as Uber, Airbnb and Task Rabbit have taken the consumer world by storm, and the wave is slowly…

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Footsteps May Power Cellphones

It seems that everyone today is tracking their steps. One company believes that the ambient kinetic energy of footsteps may power cellphones and other devices in the not-too-distant future. Pavegen is currently testing this theory at London’s Heathrow Airport, among other locations. How the Technology Works As reports, Pavegen has created floor tiles that compress…

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Bizzabo, QuickMobile Win Event Tech Awards

Bizzabo reinforced its reputation as a leader in the meetings and event industry by claiming two honors during the Event Tech Awards, which was part of the Event Tech Live conference last week in London. The all-in-one event success platform won for Best Event Management Software and was voted Favorite Event Technology Supplier in The People’s Choice Award. “Ultimately, we…

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5 Tweets From Far-Flung Locations

Event professionals may send tweets from far-flung locations, but has tracked the Twitter feeds of scientists tweeting from really remote destinations such as outer space or deep undersea. Since its introduction in 2006, the interactive social media platform Twitter has taken the world by storm. Each second, approximately 6,000 tweets are sent out into…

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UberEvents Serves Attendees with Prepaid Rides

Uber is working its way deeper into the meetings and events industry. Yesterday the ride-sharing company announced the beta program for UberEvents is moving nationwide—just in time for company holiday parties. UberEvents allows hosts and planners to arrange guest passes that set up rides for attendees to and/or from events. The host sets the amount…

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Blocking Wi-Fi

Hilton Hotels and Convention Centers Come Under Fire for Blocking Wi-Fi

After Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center made headlines for blocking Wi-Fi earlier this year, hotels and convention centers are still coming under fire for obstruction.  Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau brought a $25,000 fine against Hilton Worldwide Holdings for failing to comply with a year-old investigation about whether the hotel operator interfered…

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Leverage Leading-Edge Technology to Engage Millennials

Millennials—people between the ages of 18 and 34 in 2015—are unlike any other generation before them. One distinction that truly sets them apart from Generation X (ages 35–50) and baby boomers (ages 51–69) is how they think about technology. Millennials are the first generation of digital natives. They grew up with the Internet, social media,…

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