• Time into Pixels Instagram Booth Allows Guests to Pocket their Photos

     
    FROM THE Spring 2016 ISSUE
     

Time Into Pixels, owned by Gregory and Irina Burt, offers a fun alternative to the traditional photo booth while also encouraging social media participation at events. Using a live hashtag printer that recognizes your event’s designated hashtag, attendees are able to pick up prints of the pictures they’ve posted to Instagram and Twitter within one minute. The cost starts at $649 and varies depending on customization and how long the event goes. While custom setups are available, the typical booth configuration requires only a table, a large banner showing how the booth works and the hashtag printer.

“We can completely customize the print template from top to bottom. It can include your company logo and colors or designs that fit the theme of your event as well,” says Gregory. “There is no limit on how creative you want to get with the template! Brands and companies can also add a customized set or scene where attendees can snap their photo.”

In 2020, Houston First Corp. (HFC) reported that the city was slated to host 252 meetings and 611,000 room nights. By March 14, the Bayou City had already hosted 115 conventions and 137,400 room nights. Then the pandemic hit, and meetings and events across the country came to a screeching halt.

We asked Michael Heckman, acting president and CEO of Houston First Corp. (HFC) how the health crisis has influenced the organization’s business model moving forward.

 

Chances are, you won’t know you’re living through history until it’s too late. It’s already happening. A chain reaction has been set in motion and the ground has begun to slide beneath your feet.

This past year has been a whirlwind to say the least. As a global pandemic sent the world reeling, planners were left grasping for footholds as the event industry was brought to a standstill, and many of the most fundamental elements of live meetings and events were cast in a new light.

 

Great lighting is key. Smart décor is a must. But the mood of any gala, auction or awards ceremony lies largely on the shoulders of its master of ceremonies. Who you choose to represent your cause or organization on stage can be the difference between an event that is “ho-hum” or “electrifying.”

Texas Meetings + Events reached out to three of Texas’s favorite emcees. They shared with us how they got where they are—and what they’re doing now—along with some sage advice.