Lastest Tech Trends for your Event

It’s 2018 and if you are not using the latest technology in your event, you are missing out!

The following tech trends don’t only look awesome but are also going to make your life organizing events way easier.

Tech you can use now without much investment

1. Smart Wrist Bands through RFID / NFC

You’ve probably seen this technology in festival wristbands. This kind of technology is becoming a must for events, especially to make the check in and cashless payments faster and more convenient for the users. It can also help drive engagement for different activities, and recall useful data to analyze the aftermath of the event.

In easy words the main difference is that RFID can transmit information up to a couple meters distance, whereas NFC is restricted to about 10cm.

Glownet explains better on their website and blog everything you can do with its technology, highly recommended.

Use it in your event

This technology is well adapted to events already, and there are tons of companies that provide this service. It might be a bit more expensive than other trends that are going to be mentioned afterwards, but it’s also one of the most useful ones.

Advantages

Fast check-in, user friendly, easy payments.

Where to find it?

https://www.glownet.com/

https://www.ticketea.com/producto/rfid/

 

2.  Social media walls

Social media walls are a new trend that is beginning to be extremely popular in corporate events. It is basically a feed with social media posts, live or filtered, that is constantly changing and displayed in the event.

Use it in your event

This technology is super easy to get for your event. Most of the times you can create a wall online for free! You will only need to have a hashtag for your event and… voilá!. You can share ­pictures, videos, and other posts, and keep everyone entertained.

Advantages

Engages the audience, reaches other people, cost effective.

Where to find it?

https://walls.io/

https://www.cool-tabs.com/social-walls#

https://tagboard.com/

 

3. Print stations

We’ve all been in a wedding or that sort of event, where a photographer offers you a print of a picture that you took with your friends, to keep a souvenir to remember the day. Print stations are the modern version of that. Print stations give you the opportunity to sell your brand, printing pictures with your logo (on case you’d like it that way), and engages the audience who can add their personalizations like hashtags or geotags.

Use it in your event

For this you will need to contact a company that provides this equipment. Your participants will get a memory of the event and this will transform itself in recommendation’s marketing, directed to a similar target when they begin posting them on their social media accounts.

Advantages

Personalization, entertained attendees, marketing expansion, recommendation’s marketing.

Where to find it?

https://www.photoboxx.me/

http://www.babooth.es/serv-fly-print.php

https://www.espejitophotobooth.com/pack-eventos

4. Online networking/Digital business cards

The days when you used to exchange business cards and fill your pockets with them are over. This extremely useful tech trend is used through apps, which you can personalized for your event. The digital cards don’t only have your basic information but can also include videos and direct links to your social media accounts.

Use it in your event

The best way to do this is through apps that let you exchange these business cards with a simple tap on your screen. You can also edit the information that you want to show about yourself and adapt it to the kind of event that you are organizing.

Advantages

Cost effective, environmentally friendly, easy networking.

Where to find it

https://switchitapp.com/

https://thehaystackapp.com/

https://onecardme.com/home/

 

Tech you will need to invest in to use it

5. Augmented Reality

Augmented reality is becoming part of our lives without us even noticing. Implemented in apps like Snapchat or games that became an instant hit like PokemonGo, this technology is an awesome way to keep your attendees entertained and engaged. It’s all about gamifying whatever you want to communicate! With tons of uses such as designs of virtual tours, or displaying products in action, augmented reality will surely make your event unforgettable.

Use it in your event

Different from using Virtual Reality, with Augmented Reality you don’t need a headset to use it. The only thing that you need is a mobile or a computer, and the design behind whatever you want to show. For this, you will need the help of a company that works in this area.

Advantages

Entertaining, practical, wow-effect.

Where to find it?

http://www.zappar.com/solutions/events/

https://www.layar.com/

https://www.blippar.com/

 

6. Virtual Reality

Virtual reality is starting to gain a lot of popularity in the world of events.

The great advantage of this technology  is that Virtual Realty enables the user to be in a place, real or fictitious, and enjoy it as if they were truly there. This gives many opportunities for the event organizer like showcasing and experiencing a new product or a future location of a company, which was unthinkable before.

Use it in your event

Using this kind of technology as well as augmented reality is going to have a bit more logistics than the other options mentioned before. In this case, you have to get in contact with companies that offer these services, so that they can adapt the Virtual Reality to whatever you want to show your audience.

Advantages

Very engaging, unique, entertaining.

Where to find it?

http://eventosderealidadvirtual.com/

https://www.iris360studios.com/realidad-virtual-eventos

http://www.xperienciavirtual.es/es/eventos-realidad-virtual/

 

 

7. Artificial Intelligence/AI

AI always sounds like something from a sci-fi movie, but it is a reality that has been used by many sectors for a few years now.

The most popular use by now is Artificial Intelligence in chatbots for customer service, which will save your employees a lot of time.

Use it in your event

There are companies such as Eventbots that help you adapt the Artificial Intelligence bots to answer questions from your attendees through your event’s webpage or text messages.

Advantages

Reduces costs, increase positive customer experience.

Where to find it?

https://www.sciensio.com/eventbots

https://www.serem.com/

https://morph.ai/

 

8. Face recognition

Face recognition’s wave exploded when Facebook began using it back in the day, in order to identify people in their pictures. With the fast developing algorithms, this technology helps to make the check in a lot smoother and in addition to that, it is surely an improvement for the security of your event.

Use it in your event

The way this works is that the attendee uploads a profile picture in the registration page of your event, and once they get to the event and approach the check in point their profiles automatically pop up.

Advantages

Fast, efficient, cost effective.

Where to find it?

https://zenus-biometrics.com/

https://orquideatech.com/reconocimiento-facial-accesos-eventos/

https://findface.pro/en/industries/face-recognition-for-event-agencies.html

 

And finally, an essential … Portable Wifi

The execution of many parts of your event depends on your Internet connection (logistics, video presentations, last minute needs). To avoid having to rely on the fixed Internet of the installations, which is usually slow and unsafe, always remember that in WifiAway for events we have the way to make your life easier (to you and your assistants) for an always reduced budget.

Whatever your event is … May the good Wifi be with you!