The day dawned, being optimistic, at 4:30 in the morning. Taxi to the airport, plane to Stansted, train to London Liverpool Street Station and walk in London to the Old Truman Brewery, the venue chosen by Event Tech Live for the event.
Arriving a tail carried to ordered iPads where visitors did checked-in and instantly through bluetooth printer, we printed our badge.
The first impression was of disorientation: a diaphanous, white hangar, a warehouse of modern style. A stage at each end, a lounge in the center with its corresponding coffee spot and next to it a small Speaker´s Corner (very London ...), and between the stages and the lounge, the most innovative companies in our industry, all UK based.
It was enough to look at the event app, developed by DoubleDutch, to organize the day, the first presentation was a "must": Julius Solaris, Event Manager Blog editor and guru in technology for events analyzed how social media have changed our events and cast data on the use and expectations of use in the UK. I´ll stick with the sentence "Social media on the event is becoming a need, like the toilets or the food".
The day started strong and although the program included a host of very enlightening discussions and roundtables, I opted for the Tech Demo Stage, the Speaker´s Corner, where tutorials on using applications present were taught, for me the most illustrative in the event. Between demo and demo I scanned the room, I could see in first hand sveral apps and tools. I leave you a summary of what caught my attention most:
Glisser: An app that allows simultaneous viewing of presentations on your smartphone or tablet device, interact with them, download them ... The most striking, organizer interface, where you can also interact with the wizard as well as monitor the use that is being given the paper, downloads, views, users connected ... with a fantastic simple, attractive and responsive interface.
DoubleDutch. Perhaps one of the most popular apps of the moment, and it´s no wonder, it has one of the most interesting apps in the market. The format will be familiar to you, a wall of a social network where people post their comments and pictures. The goal is clear, to create community in the event, but a bible with data and more data.
EventBrite. It´s more than a ticketing system is an agenda, it´s a community, it is many things, this year has rightly been awarded the´Mejor Ticketing´ System in Event Tech Awards.
The Live Group. Last year was the Grand Prize winners in the Event Tech Awards integrating streaming app for remote attendees, but this year has been given a new twist, incorporating a system of geofencing in the app. So it can locate exhibitors, people, spaces in the plane, by iBeacons.
Cvent. They provided the accreditation system of the event, of great simplicity in the pre-event and on arrival, no lines and no waiting: 8 iPads with the app, you enter your pager or you scan your QR code and print it ... Ready!
The best thing is that once I had checked the event communications managed them with a spectacular ´What´s new´ in html5 responsive with the latest updates on the event.
Bizzabo. It has been honored on several occasions, most recently as one of the best iOS apps with Dropbox, Uber and Google maps by InformationWeek, and in addition to its beautiful design and attractive features one of its most valued features is that to register for your EventApp you just have to do it through LinkedIn, and it draws on her own all the info to post your professional profile.
As for the back office, it is as easy as managing our Outlook Calendar or Google Calendar and search the profiles of the speakers on LinkedIn.
Pickevent. The first app that manages professional communities; great to continue post event discussions, generate forums and maintain the durability of the event in time, engagement, and all of this created by a Spanish settled in London.