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IMEX America Promotes Technology Innovation

This year at IMEX America, attendees will have the opportunity to discover the latest trends and innovations that will greatly influence the meeting and events industry.

According to an IMEX Group survey of almost 1,200 respondents, nearly 40 percent of meeting professionals believe these trends and innovations will come from technology.

Whova Takes the Work Out of Networking

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Developed by a San Diego tech team that spun off from UC San Diego, the Whova app is designed to boost networking and contact swapping at events and conferences of any size. It offers a platform that connects organizers, attendees and sponsors before, after and during an event. With Whova, eventgoers can plan who they want to meet before the event; a superior strategy to relying on randomly bumping into people. During the event, Whova provides real-time notifications on updates like room changes or reminders that cocktails are being served.

Creative Ways to Get Groups to Digital Detox

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Ample reasons and great ideas for gently getting groups to put aside devices. 

Game-Changing Tech Companies Make a Global Impact

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An Irishman walks into a bar … an Irish pub, no less, and discovers an opportunity to use technology as a way to engage his audience. Not funny? That’s because it’s not a joke, though the man referenced, John Cosgrove, is in fact a professional comedic emcee from Northern Ireland. He’s also the founder of VoiceHive, a web-based presentation platform for events that Cosgrove conjured up while hosting trivia events at Kieran’s Irish Pub in Minneapolis.

Philadelphia Books World's Largest Association

Philadelphia is solidfying itself as a major player to host events, booking the world’s largest trade association in 2019.

Industry Organization (BIO), which represents biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations around the world. The convention is the largest, biotech meeting in the world; the event also took place in Philly this past June.

How to Budget Wisely for Event Technology

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Every meeting planner knows that even the most dynamic, impactful and talked-about meetings in a planner’s career can hardly be considered successes if they went massively over budget. Since A/V plays such a large role, planners should seek to work closely with their A/V supplier to make sure a rational technology budget is in place.

5 Food Trends for 2015 Give Meetings & Events a Fresh Taste

The National Restaurant Association asked hundreds of chefs to rate top food trends for 2015. The results will give meetings and events a zesty edge.

Must-Have Apps for Planners

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The National Conference Center, one of the largest meeting and training facilities in the country, compiled a list of the top meeting and event planning apps by combing through all those offered and chatting with industry professionals. Below are their results.

6 MUST-HAVE APPS FOR THE SELF-EMPLOYED

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CamScanner—Smartphones double as scanners courtesy of CamScanner, which also allows users to organize and share scans. A premium account goes for $4.99/month or $49.99/year.

Trello—Manage projects and get instant updates all in one place with Trello. With extra controls, business class is $5/month and $45/year per user. 

Major Success for Global Spectrum

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Global Spectrum, the facility managers of Historic Boardwalk Hall and the Atlantic City Convention Center, revealed increased progress for both venues during the organization’s first full year of management.

According to Fran Rodowicz, general manager, the company increased the amount of activity, created new affordable labor agreements, improve the technology infrastructure, raised customer service scores and more. Global Spectrum took over the facilities, owned by Casino Reinvestment Development Authority on Jan. 1, 2014.  

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