JUN 2015

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J U N E 2 0 1 5 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 7 N E W S I D E A S headlines, trends & ideas Look Out, Here Comes Gen Y, The Millennials! This generation is addicted to social media, is even more environmentally conscious than their prede- cessors—the Gen Xers, and has high expecta- tions of connectivity, interactivity, and the ability to influence and engage in dialogue. They expect Wi-Fi to always be free and fast! Think Socializing Rather Than Networking: Socializing at work used to be frowned upon, but it's now seen as relationship-building. Conference venues encourage relaxed socializing by providing multi-use spaces for conferees to gather. Switch Up The Mood! New develop- ments in technology have allowed venues and organizers to instantly change the look and feel of a meeting room with user-controllable LED mood lighting and high-tech furniture groupings. Geofence Your Conference: Important advances in GPS-based app technology enable planners and venues to personalize a conferee's welcome and offer other location-based alert notifications upon arrival. Conference Networking And Infor- mation Exchange: Developments in app-based, two-way communication allow smart phones to transmit contact information, social media profiles, specific meeting room access information, meal tracking and food preferences. The Sky's The Limit...For Now! Conference organizers are using drone technology to capture creative event photos and map out the venue for GPS integrated conferences. The Days Of The Cable Are Numbered: We are closer to a single standard for wireless charging technol- ogy. Currently pushing for a single standard, QI Consortium boasts wireless charging points in 3,000 hotels. Large-scale furniture makers are installing standardized wireless charging into tables and desks. Meet Your Virtual Colleague: Venues are developing meeting rooms with multiple ceiling-mounted microphones, high-bandwidth connectivity and advanced software solutions to provide seamless integration into the meeting for virtual attendees, faculty and guest speakers. Conference Venues Welcome Streetview Technology: Technology is fast evolving using the Google Street View concept to provide valuable virtual venue tours, multiple room images showing different meeting layouts and even property video footage. Buying Your Meeting Online: More and more clients are using the web as their primary tool for making pur- chasing decisions. Websites should serve as the primary tool for clients to plan, book, purchase, and engage with facilities. n IBTM America (America's Incentive, Busi- ness Travel Meeting Expo) has teamed up with technology specialist GenieConnect of Lanyon, leading provider of Mobile Event Applications, for a mobile, multi-event app that will enable buyers and exhibitors to view their appointment diary as well as the full event schedule, access social media and receive special alerts during the show in real-time. The application was live for its 2015 event taking place in Chicago. IBTM America has encouraged all delegates to download the app in advance in order to enhance the attendee experience and increase show engagement. The app is specially designed to let attendees prioritize and organize their schedules, including: n Attendee alerts and push notifications n Schedule for each day of the event including the Knowledge Forum and ConnectZone Spotlight Stage schedules n Listings of every speaker and presenter and their topics n Full directory of exhibitors and their booth numbers n Access to social media n Schedule of Networking events (including Welcome Party and Experi- ence Chicago Event) n Transportation Schedule The IBTM America multi-event app can be found by searching "ibtm events" app in the App Store or Android Market. n New App Aims To Enhance Attendee Experience IACC's Meeting Tech Trends For 2015 The International Association of Conference Centers (IACC) recently r eleased this year's top technology trends. Mark Cooper, IACC's CEO, commented, "Meeting Planners are seeing their role influenced more and more by technology, not just for the meeting itself, but in researching and booking venues, how planners interact on site and how they communicate following the meeting." 1 7 8 9 10 2 3 4 5 6 TOP 10

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