Event Production Technology

Earlier this year, Las Vegas played host to the largest tech conference of its kind, the Consumer Electronics Show 2018, or CES 2018 for short. The event showcases technology and cool gadgets, both real and conceptual, entering into the consumer realm. Here at Decibel Management,...

As you’re making your last minute game-day dip selections and 60-inch TV purchases, there’s a group of brave people who have been prepping for this Super Bowl Sunday since last year. Spoiler alert: It’s not any member of the Falcons or the Patriots. No, for...

Events are one of the hot-button categories for new apps and startups this year, and some of the concepts in the earlier stages of development have us excited. We're taking a look at some businesses that are recently charging out of the gate and into the public sphere, so some of these apps aren't yet wearing their slickest outfits, but the concepts are solid and we think they'll get there.
Virtual reality beaches, upmarket event transport services and live event streaming apps: Here's a quick roundup of January's most interesting #eventtech Tweets.
Among the most challenging parts of being an event planner is keeping yourself organized. From arranging the venue to proofing contracts, there are a million things to do in the run-up to a big event, and if you’re not careful you’ll quickly find yourself drowning in a sea of to-do lists.
Hybrid and virtual meetings are becoming commonplace, but both event planners and attending audiences are split on the issue of virtual attendance. In the fourth annual American Express Meetings and Events Report, "hybrid meeting technologies" - in other words, partial in-person attendance coupled with partial virtual audience attendance - were names as one of the four empowering digital event solutions for the current year, but at the same time, as reported by Skift:

The #eventtech trend is anything but over, with event professionals turning increasing attention to integrating apps, wearables, and other hot-button technology into their event experiences. Most notably, this month saw the launch of the Paper.li #EventTech Daily site, cataloging the best #eventtech news from Twitter...

So, uh, we can't stop staring at gorgeous light sculpture and projection mapping videos. It's like getting your fortune told and finding out you're gonna get magic powers. Our industry is already pretty fun, but now that this kind of stuff is moving from "experimental" to "mainstream", A/V and production design is about to go spare. Join us while we ogle the future and applaud the architects that are making it happen:
It's been all over the brand activation net since the release of the Oculus Rift: brands are diving into cutting-edge marketing via virtual reality headsets. Here are a few kick-arse (and in some cases, very experimental) example videos showcasing the new headset's potential uses in marketing scenarios.
Well, February sure turned into a month of event tech spotlights on the Decibel blog, so rounding out that theme, we've got a nifty piece of lighting technology that caught our eye. Take a gander at Pixmob, a company whose sole purpose in this world is to make events sparkle. And really, who couldn't use a little more sparkle?
"Wayfinding" is the art and science of ensuring that visitors to any location can easily and quickly get around. It's particularly important at large, heavily-trafficked locations, like stadiums, shopping malls and airports. Pathfindr is a new patent-pending technology that could help event planners make navigating large-scale events an interactive mobile affair.
At the end of the day, events are all about people. Great food, fabulous entertainment, gorgeous location - none of it really matters without good company. Problem is, everyone's definition of "good company" is different, and event planners have little insight into who wants to be where. Named one of 2014's event trends, Social Seating allows attendees to choose who they sit next to based on data in their social network profiles, or allows event managers to assign seating based on pre-determined groups.
We just stumbled across this, found it inspirational, and we think it deserves some attention: One of the event industry buzzwords in 2014 was definitely "sustainable events", and we saw a lot of great blog articles and innovative guides on how the we can better plan to cut down waste and protect the environment. But green isn't the only way to compassionate event planning, and we wanted to highlight another way that event managers can give back, called Check-in for Good.
A few months ago, Decibel published a post on Audience Response Systems, but spectacularly failed to profile Vistacom, a worldwide leader in audience response for nearing two decades. Scott Casey, owner of Vistacom, is an audience response guru and author of his own ARS software, VPOLL. We sat down to chat about Scott's experience in the ARS industry, asking him what event managers can get from ARS, and what they need to know to ensure setup and install goes smoothly.
Is the traditional I-talk-you-listen lecture dying? Probably not - we've been silently listening to speeches for a few thousand years or so - but these days, technology is filling up our toolkit with interesting ways to pass the mic. Maybe this is the result of shortening attention spans and an inability to shut out mouths for an entire hour, maybe its our natural and frenetic desire to innovate, maybe this is just the way we start cresting out of the me-me-me cultural narcissism that social networks facilitate. Who knows? But more fluid audience participation methods during conferences and talks are definitely becoming a trend. Here's a look at two of the new tools available for getting listeners involved.
It's not an uncommon complaint in the event management industry that you never get everything you want out of your event registration software - it seems like you're always heavily compromising somewhere. But there's an up-and-coming event registration system looking to change that by taking an innovative, research-driven approach to the technology. We sat down with Asaf Darash, CEO at Regpack and an all-around smart dude, to talk about how his software is changing the face of event registration.
So what is RFID, exactly? I could tell you that "RFID" stands for "Radio-Frequency Identification", but that doesn't clear things up much. Basically, RFID is the technology that makes your touch-and-go credit cards work. RFID sends out a little data signal that can be read at a short distance by RFID readers. Do you have a public transportation card that you touch to a turnstile to gain access to a bus or subway? There's probably an RFID chip in that card. Does your apartment complex have a card lock gate? RFID.
Event registration is one of the most important processes in event set-up. Do it poorly, and at best, you'll have a ton of complaints. At worst, you'll see a significant drop in attendance as frustrated would-be guests decide they don't have time to bash their heads against your sign-up form. So what are the best tools available to event planners looking to get their online registrations rolling in?