In recent years, technology has reached heights that were once only fathomable in the science fiction realm.
Now we have working hoverboards (even if not yet for public use), electric vehicles, smartphones that are essentially mini-computers in our hands, the possibility of drones delivering our Amazon packages, and we even sent a satellite to the outer limits of our solar system to take pictures of our tiny neighbor, Pluto.
This is an exciting time to be alive, especially if you are an event manager.
These technological developments provide event managers with new ways to give attendees a fresh event experience not only on-site, but even from the comforts of a guest’s home.
Our smartphones give us new ways to find new attendees, virtual reality creates new ways to run event booths, and Bluetooth iBeacon technology revolutionizes guest attendance and engagement.
Since many of these tech trends are so new in many areas, we haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of their capabilities and what they will mean for event management in the future. Who knows, virtual reality may progress to the point that we are able to attend events in every aspect except our physical selves. This certainly would alleviate the concerns of event managers over running out of space at any particular event.
Even if you run smaller, less technical events, it doesn’t hurt to dabble in some of these trends, especially less intensive trends such as running a Vine account to advertise your events or your event management skills.
If you aren’t getting on board with the changes, sooner or later you will be left behind, as American writer Stewart Brand once put it, “Once a new technology rolls over you, if you’re not part of the steamroller, you’re part of the road.”
What event tech trends do you see shaping the industry?
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