Meetings No 22
Intro
Constructive Journalism
Atti Soenarso: Journalism that offers a fuller picture of our world.
Cover Story
Anna Rosling Rönnlund, Gapminder
“We’re right, you’re wrong. It’s as simple as that.”
Intermission
You have to have Stories to tell
The simple poetry of My Life as a Dog.
Long Tail Insights
The Power and Legacy of Conferences
Stories of serendipity, innovation and driving social change.
Smart Decision
Sustainable Meetings Vital Part of the New Strategy of Gothenburg
Gothenburg has a clear plan.
Radar
African Convention Bureaux Will Lead the Way
Agenda 2063 is a call to action.
Radar
IBTM World Announces Tech Watch Award shortlist
A shortlist of nine finalists has been announced.
Economic Impact
Incheon – Forward-thinking Metropolis
A South Korean city with a demand for business events.
Intermission
You Are Not Safe
Predicting the birth of the Internet with 20/20 hindsight.
Global Index
Gaining Edge Launches Global Competitive Index
Bigger isn’t always more competitive.
Radar
IACC confirms 63 new member venues in Denmark
The new venues are part of Danske Konference Centre.
Sharma
Isn’t It Time? The 13 Questions for Visionaries
Robin Sharma hopes to help you win.
Thought Leadership
A Futurist on the Future of Payments
Anders Sorman-Nilsson: It has to be frictionless.
Radar
Tips for Measuring ROI
Two ROI experts share their insights.
Forecast
CWT Meetings and Events Forecast 2019
Data-driven insight and expert analysis to maximise your results.
Kellerman
Our Knowledge Bank Is Growing
Roger Kellerman: New knowledge flows to us.
classifieds
news
knowledge for the future
Dubai confirmed
to host next edition of Meetings Design Week.
New opportunities
IBTM launches new trade show
for Asia Pacific Market.
Transfering knowledge
Business events
must count more than coffee cups: study.
Hotel News
Bjarke Ingels Group
designs new H.C Andersen Hotel for Tivoli in Copenhagen.
32nd year!
IBTM World
launches its 2019 event with new Corporate Buyer programme.
AWards
IACC Swedish Copper Skillet
– and the winners are...
new job
Martin Sirk
lead Global Association Hus Partnership.

CWT M&E chosen
As Partner of FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2021.
Future development today
Associations look to move away from capitals
to second tier destinations.

Jordan Ranks Second
in the Middle East according to ICCA.
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IBTM World announces Tech Watch Award shortlist

IBTM World has announced a shortlist of nine finalists for its prestigious IBTM World Tech Watch Award. The winner will be announced on 28 November at IBTM World 2018, which takes place at Fira Barcelona from 27–29 November.

In addition, this year sees the introduction of the ’Tech Watch People’s Choice Award’, which gives the meetings and event industry the opportunity to vote on which event technology they’re excited to see breakthrough into the industry and which new technology they believe would add value for their businesses.

The shortlist has been decided by a panel of well-known experts from the events and technology industries and includes an AU event marketing and analytics platform, facial recognition systems and cloud-based event tech products. All finalists are technology companies with new products or services relevant to the meetings, incentive, conference and events industry.

This year’s finalists are Kubify, an interactive eposter system; Cadmium CD, a meeting room scheduling/resource management system and event logistic management platform; Radario, an AI event marketing and analytics platform; Event Tech Tribe, group marketing of cloud-based event tech products, including Hubb, which provides an appointment management system and app, and Meeting Select, a venue sourcing site; Zenus, Inc and Fielddrive, facial recognition registration; Spacebase, which provides direct booking of special venue meeting space; IVvy, a direct meeting space booking system for hotels; Spice Factory, a speaker management system and intuitive chatbot; and finally Eventfolio, a multi-event management system.*

Corbin Ball, Chair of IBTM World Tech Watch judging panel, comments: “Innovation is alive and well in the events industry as evidenced in this year’s award. A large number of entrants point to several emerging event tech trends including facial recognition, artificial intelligence, advances in analytics, novel eposter options, creative cloud-based alliances and more.”

Each entry is scored against innovation, concept/business model and value to the meetings industry. From the nine finalists, judges will now vote for a winner in each category, one of which will be named Tech Watch Award 2018.

Shane Hannam, Portfolio Director, IBTM, says: “IBTM World is this year centred around the theme of technology and how it can enhance every aspect of producing great events. The standard and breadth of entries we received this year was incredibly high, and the addition of our People’s Choice award this year gives our attendees the chance to have their say in which cutting edge technology they feel could really make a difference to their business.”

The Tech Watch Award is the industry’s longest-standing award of its kind, and is extremely well recognised across business events, thanks to the exposure winners receive during and post the event, as well as its high-profile judges.

Entries are being judged by a panel of well-known experts from the events and technology industries. Corbin Ball will chair the judging panel which includes Michelle Bruno, President of Bruno Group Signature Events; Dahlia El Gazzar, Founder of DAHLIA+ Inc; Ruud Janssen, Founder of TNOC.org and co-founder EMG; Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner at SoolNua; James Morgan founder of Event Tech Lab, and Michael Shapiro from Northstar Meetings Group.

Voting for the People’s Choice Award will take place via the IBTM World website and social media channels in the run up to the event.

* Event Tech Tribe, Hubb, and Meeting Select are being judged as one entry. Zenus, Inc and Fielddrive will also be judged as one entry.