Gone are the days of boring business meetings, uninspired lectures and mundane workshops. In today’s meetings marketplace, an influx of cutting-edge tech tools have helped enhance attendees’ experience before, during, and after a meeting. According to Janet Newenham of Meetings & Conventions magazine, here are the top five startups and tech-products that are paving the way for modern-day meeting planners.
Social Playground: This Australian-based startup bridges the gap between the online and offline worlds by creating a Live Instagram Printer – perfect for keeping attendees entertained during breakout sessions! Built specifically for events, this printer captures photos tagged with an event’s hashtag and prints high-quality, Polaroid–style photos in less than 30 seconds!
Loopd: Created as a smart “assistant,” Loopd allows attendees to easily exchange contact information, as well as gather data on how much time they spend at each event.
Snapcastr: U.S.-based startup Snapcastr, builds beautiful live social walls with pictures and tweets for media attendees to use during conferences. The app searches Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for event hashtags, and allows users to control the content.
FanFootage: This Irish startup serves as a crowdsourcing platform to which meeting attendees can upload their videos and sync them with professionally recorded audio – no more taking notes at meetings!
Conferize: This Danish startup allows planners to seamlessly create their own event website. Features include access to real-time feeds, a messaging system for attendees and more.