As 2013 is in full swing, we have been taking a look at some of the most recent event technology trends that are (or soon will be) making an impact on events around the world:
While these may be exciting new technlogies to watch, always remember the mantra that unless technology serves a need, it is just a toy. Always remember to ask yourself why and how any new technology would be useful and practical in helping you to do your job.
Author: Midori Connolly March 4, 2013 – Cvent
Simon Brooks, Managing Director – Seventa Events & Hospitality comment:
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I have a great interest in all emerging technology, especially that which can be of assistance/benefit to the world of event planning and management. There are numerous products out there which can aid us in our jobs from integration software programmes, registration solutions, networking tools, timeline software, mind map apps, online communities, computer aided design (CAD) and more. However, these simply help and I strongly believe that nothing beats an experienced event planner/manger. Here’s a few reasons why:
When organising an event, it’s vitally important to know about all of the various components that go into the planning process. From managing tasks and timelines to knowing exactly what needs to be done in the first place. This comes from experience and industry knowledge. An experienced event planner will make it their business to know the right technology that will result in flawless execution.
Professional event planners organise events for a living. They are event champions, with years of experience behind them that tells them what needs to be looked after, deep beneath all of the ‘basic’ logistics. Professional event planners will know a lot of the components of an event that can go wrong, some of the areas to look out for and ways to ensure that an event is successful. These years of experience simply cannot be replaced by piece of technology.
Event professionals will have spent years building up relationships with reputable suppliers. These suppliers are critical in the process of a good event and leveraging these connections can be huge for anyone who is looking to host a successful event.
Technology has certainly brought us a long way, but technology alone cannot solve every logistical problem. Event planning is a people skill, and it’s not a skill everyone has. That’s why having an experienced event professional on your side is a great asset to any event.
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