101 Ideas: Nine hot tech trends

Musion's holographic telepresence technology, Google Glass, Evenstagram and Sli.do are among the hot tech trends emerging in the event industry.

Google Glass is among the hot tech trends in the event world
Google Glass is among the hot tech trends in the event world
iBeacon
Described as a ‘breakthrough’ bit of technology for the event industry, GenieConnect's iBeacon works in much the same way as geofencing, but uses Bluetooth technology to make connections between your guests’ iBeacon-enabled device and other iBeacons. The app works across both android and apple devices.

Crowd monitoring
Track your guests’ movements and behaviour using Etherlive’s Live Event Footfall Analytics monitoring system. Using advanced algorithms to ‘see’ each person and only count them once, the system has been upgraded for 2014 in light of an increased focus on crowd safety following the deaths of 21 people at Germany’s Love Parade 2010.

Holographic telepresence
Musion, the British firm responsible for digitally resurrecting rapper Tupac Shakur at Coachella music festival, is working on a new technology known as holographic telepresence. Best described as 3D video conferencing, it works by beaming moving images onto sloped glass, transmitting a three-dimensional moving image of a speaker at multiple destinations.

Augmented reality
Augmented reality and its application has come on leaps and bounds. The CrowdOptic app for smartphones allows organisers to enhance the live event experience with the overlay of real-time information, such as details about a band on stage at a festival. It is currently being integrated with wearable devices including Google Glass.

Picture feed
Brands including O2, Nike and Red Bull are fans of Eventstagram. The web-based tool is synched with photo-sharing network Instagram to offer live slideshows of events on a big screen using attendees’ snaps, creating a buzz on social media. Themes and colour-ways can all be customised and logos added.

Touch and collect
Poken’s USB devices use Near Field Communication (NFC) to enable delegates to ‘pick up’ digital documents such as brochures that can then be accessed on their computer or mobile device, reducing the need for printed material. The technology has just been installed throughout Excel London for the benefit of future events.

Real-time engagement
Live engagement apps like Sli.do are turning the traditional conference model on its head. Attendees’ comments and questions are projected onto an interactive wall where they are voted for depending on their relevancy by other audience members, thus eradicating any trivial remarks and democratising the event.

Google Glass
The launch of Google Glass has got technobuffs talking about the endless possibilities wearable technology could offer event organisers. For users of Sli.do (see above) at least, it means moderators can now seamlessly integrate the most popular questions into their discussion without having to refer to a screen.

Movement and gesture
Technology that reacts to human movements and gestures is a big trend right now. Microsoft's Xbox motion-sensing Kinect device has a facial recognition feature that reacts to individual expressions, while the Myo armband (launching mid-2014) uses electrical activity in your muscles to wirelessly control devices.

Throughout this month (September), C&IT will publish 101 hints and tips generated by our readers – from their favourite dining experiences and incentive activities, to great new event technologies and fabulous destinations.

Tweet us your ideas using #cit101ideas or email cit@haymarket.com – the best ideas will be published as part of the online guide.

More from 101 Ideas:

101 Ideas: Eight exciting event destinations

101 Ideas: Five new London hotspots

101 Ideas: Seven of the best tech tips



Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles
and free email bulletins.

Register now
Already registered?
Sign in

48 hours in... Istanbul

48 hours in... Istanbul

From a boat tour on the Bosphorus Strait to rooftop belly dancing, here are our top picks for two days in the Turkish city.

ILEA UK's new board announced

ILEA UK's new board announced

The International Live Events Association says it aims to be an inclusive and inspiring global community during a 'challenging time'.

LIVE UPDATES: Morocco to start reopening borders

LIVE UPDATES: Morocco to start reopening borders

Find out which countries are on partial or national lockdown, what travel restrictions are in place and what size gatherings are allowed.

Smyle appoints new managing director

Smyle appoints new managing director

Creative agency reshuffles its senior leadership team to support its new virtual and hybrid events business.

Hospitality industry welcomes VAT reduction in chancellor's summer statement

Hospitality industry welcomes VAT reduction in chancellor's summer statement

MICE sector continues to wait for further clarification on financial support and a date for restarting live events.

How have event apprenticeships been affected by coronavirus?

How have event apprenticeships been affected by coronavirus?

A group of apprentices share their experiences of learning about the industry during lockdown.

RSVP podcast Ep6: Jessica Rabbit, fraudsters and sleeping in army trucks

RSVP podcast Ep6: Jessica Rabbit, fraudsters and sleeping in army trucks

This week's special guest is Julia Charles, managing director of Julia Charles Event Management.

'Working on the inaugural Invictus Games was amazing'

'Working on the inaugural Invictus Games was amazing'

A-List 2020: Rachel Douglass is a senior event manager at Yellow Fish.

Venues #LightItInRed to show support for events industry

Venues #LightItInRed to show support for events industry

Campaign to draw attention to struggling events businesses and employees lights iconic buildings red.

Dear C&IT: Graphs and data are useful but they can’t measure feelings

Dear C&IT: Graphs and data are useful but they can’t measure feelings

Metrics are great but don't forget to create a memorable experience, says Phil Staines from FIRST.