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The latest episode of the Event Industry News podcast looks at how RFID is helping to shape data-capture and engagement at meetings and events.

The technology has been widely adopted in the industry as a means of cashless payment at events like music festivals. However, the way the technology interacts with databases and CRM systems means that suppliers like Boomset are now using it to add greater depth to their own services.

CEO & Co-Founder of Boomset Kerem Baran joined the podcast to talk about the evolution of his company’s services from a simple guestlist check-in system to a sophisticated platform that integrates with many of the industry’s leading registration providers.

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Joining this week’s Event Industry News podcast was Client Partnership Director for Ashfield Meetings & Events Andrew Moore, along with the CEO of SpotMe Pierre Metrailler.

In their respective roles, the two guests form a key partnership as organiser and technology supplier, helping to improve the way in which Ashfield Meetings & Events deliver healthcare events to the sector.

SpotMe is an event app supplier that has been working with this specialist event organiser to improve the level of content that is delivered to attendees. Addressing the question of how the service is deployed within the context of an event, Andrew told the podcast that it can vary dramatically.

“In terms of service deliverables, you’re looking for those interactive features. Predominantly they have been around the audience engagement of Q&A and live polling, and we’ve also used a couple of examples of gamification to encourage people through to the app and to interact. The full tilt of their service offering is what we’re starting to adopt more and more.”

 

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The current trends in brand events have been discussed during the latest episode of the Event Industry News podcast.  

Joining host James Dickson was Nick Morgan from the Big Cat Group and The Fair, who highlighted the growing desire among brands to establish their own events. The Fair was launched as the dedicated events company of The Big Cat Group, whose experience in producing events since 2000 has led them to work on almost every type of live event possible. 

As more brands seek to engage with their audiences via dedicated live events, certain trends form in relation to production elements and venue sourcing. Nick offers the podcast some insight into the demands placed on organisers by the brands and their agencies, and some of the creative ways The Fair has helped meet certain event briefs. 

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<b>The latest episode of the Event Industry News podcast welcomed General Manager for Protec </b><b><i>Richard </i></b><b><i>Bellia</i></b><b>. Joining the podcast from his base in Dubai via video link, Richard highlighted some of the challenges faced by the company when delivering events in one of the world’s richest and most demanding regions.</b>

Despite the frequent assumption that there are bottomless budgets available for events in Dubai, Richard identifies some of the simple burdens placed on production companies. These include the toll taken on equipment due to the extreme climate and the reality of still having to exceed expectation regardless of the size of budget involved.

During the podcast, he also explains the different approaches that must be taken in order execute events in some of the world’s most luxurious buildings, whilst giving insight to the improved standards of safety that are now enforced throughout the region.

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Event Director Judith Wilson joined the Event Industry News podcast to talk about the forthcoming EVENTIT Scottish Events Expo in Glasgow. Having relocated to the recently re-branded Scottish Events Campus (SEC), the second year of the event features significantly more exhibitors and an expanded conference programme.

During the podcast, Judith explained how and why the first event was created, and what to expect from this year’s show.

“Until last year there wasn’t an opportunity for the events and festival supply chain in Scotland to showcase themselves to the event and festival buyers, so we decided to fill that gap. A lot of people were looking in to see how we performed, but it obviously hit all the right markers as it’s really taken off for year two. Last year we had just over 1,000 people register and two learning strands, which received huge interest. I think that possibly this was because there isn’t as much opportunity in Scotland for event professionals to be able to get some training outside of their actual job. Thus, that particular element has doubled for the 2017 show.”

EVENTIT, The Scottish Events Expo, takes place on Thursday 9th March. Further details about the event are available by listening to or watching the full podcast episode.

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Alistair Turner - president of the UK chapter of the International Live Events Association – joined the Event Industry News podcast this week to discuss the forthcoming UK Events Week.

Centred around International CONFEX and the Event Production Show at London Olympia, UK Events Week will bring together events from many different sectors in order to further raise the profile of the UK events industry.

During the podcast, host James Dickson also welcomed brand and experiential marketing expert Melissa Noakes, who previewed the conference session she is due to moderate during International CONFEX. The session – titled ‘The Brand View: Facing the future – how have brands adapted to the changing landscape?’ – aims to highlight the competitive marketplace of brand-staged events, and the value that live events can bring to brands.

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The latest episode of the Event Industry News podcast focusses on the forthcoming ‘mock’ trial that has been organised by the A.C.T. (National) Ltd. The staged prosecution of an events company will be based on a real case and will utilise the actual documentation that would be required in a real trial.

Speaking as a guest on the podcast, A.C.T. (National) Ltd’s group director Chris Woodford explained that the event could only go ahead due to the quality of the personnel that have agreed to participate.

“The IOSH Sports Grounds & Events Group and Magdalen Chambers have been instrumental in assisting us with the set-up of this event. Our aim was always to make it as realistic as possible, so having the chambers involved means we’ve got real barristers going about the process in the same way they would in a real trial. As an industry, the UK should be extremely proud of the safety record that its event professionals have. However, we spend a lot of time telling people that they could face prosecution if they don’t adhere to safe practice procedures, and virtually no time showing them exactly what that would actual entail.”

Further information about the date and venue for the mock trial is available by listening to the podcast, along with information on how to register as an attendee.

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In this episode of Talking Events we welcomed backed Co-founder & CEO of Grip, Tim Groot to discuss the subject of beacons and whether it could be a short-lived technology. 

Beacons have received an increasing level of hype and coverage in the last couple of years for the way in which they can help to push information to users, with the added ability to create indoor navigation by using multiple beacons within a given area. 

However, podcast host James Dickson asked Tim whether beacon technology could face a similar fate to the MiniDisc format, that was superseded relatively quickly by the rise of digital audio files and digital audio players like the iPod. 

Giving a unique and insightful opinion on how he sees things progressing, Tim explains his concerns about their longevity.

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The latest episode of the Talking Events podcast welcomed co-founder and CEO of Grip, Tim Groot.  

The company launched in April 2015 and built the first artificial intelligence (AI) powered event matchmaking system, and has subsequently worked with some of the world’s leading meeting, exhibition, and conference organisers to help connect their attendees in a more effective way. 

The Grip service is available via dedicated apps, but Tim explained to the podcast that the provider has recently introduced its own API, giving third-party events apps the ability to integrate Grip’s engine and deliver smart, intelligent matchmaking to their audience. 

During an in-depth quizzing about how AI can be deployed within events, Tim firstly explained the basic principles of the Grip system.

“Artificial intelligence is about the component of reasoning. It takes data as an input and is able to reason and form actions based on that reasoning. In our case, we take people’s networking behaviour within the app and their social profile and based on that, our system then reasons what it thinks is going to be the users networking intent and what it wants to achieve at an event […] That’s what we use to recommend the right people.”

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The Talking Events podcast was recently given the unique opportunity to set up its studio in the President’s Suite at the Victory Services Club in London. This tri-service all-ranks members club is a hidden gem in the heart of London’s bustling West End, with several unique event spaces available to organisers. 

Operations Director Mark Field joined the podcast to discuss member organisations and their place with the meetings and event sector.  

Joining Mark was Deputy Director for Meetings and Events at the Royal College of Physicians David Parker, another member organisation that features high-quality event space in the heart of London. 

The two guests talked about the importance of attracting events to their premises to help sustain the primary focus of serving their members.  

“Many people now want a bespoke experience”, said Mark. “The nature of our club, combined with the spaces we’ve got, means that we’ve got to be open minded. Sometimes the requests come from left-field, so you’ve got to both accommodate but also manage expectations and find something that works for them.”

During the episode, David Parker also spoke about continuing A/V investment at the Royal College of Physicians. 

“Because of the nature of what we do and the fact we’re operating for 300 days a year, pretty much all of our A/V is in house. We’ve got a rolling investment of between £250,000 - £300,000 per year on audiovisual equipment to keep that equipment at the best level.”

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