EIBTM leads the way into the future

EIBTM leads the way into the future

Building on its acclaimed international reputation for showcasing cutting edge technology solutions for event and meeting planners, EIBTM has attracted another year of great attendance from leading global suppliers of technological solutions for this years show in Fira Gran Via, Barcelona (29th November – 1st December.)

EIBTM, a Reed Travel Exhibitions event, has pioneered the use of technology in developing new show features, which will enhance the experience and business opportunities for exhibitors and buyers to the show.

The Technology Village @ EIBTM 2011 is one of the fastest growing areas of the show and over the past 4 years the number of companies exhibiting has increased by 25%. Exhibitors new to the show this year include PSideo SA, H82 medientechnik, Availpro, EventPlatform, myQaa, Vivien – Virtual Event Designer and GoomeoEvents.

Those returning to EIBTM this year include Poken, M Events: The future of conference IT-Services & M2A: AV and Streaming Services, Chance2Meet - Newtonstrand, Amiando - Online Event Planning, a2z, Inc., Eventresult, etouches and Ungerboeck Software and Sherpa Solutions.

Thorsten Kolbinger (General Manager USI, EMEA) of Ungerboeck Systems Int. GmbH comments: “As the world leading event management software provider, we are glad to say that EIBTM is a must-attend trade show for us. We’re looking forward to attending for the 7th time, because EIBTM is the place where we can meet our customers and all the relevant industry contacts as well as generate new prospects and leads.”

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The EIBTM Technology Watch - the most high profile and longest running technology recognition scheme for innovation in the meetings and events industry - has also received record-breaking levels of entry this year with 56 entries. EIBTM Technology Watch acts as a major opportunity for companies to demonstrate new and innovative technology solutions that have the capacity to make a real difference to the business of meeting and event planner’s.

Jacques Racine, President & CEO, Sherpa Solutions, the 2010 winner commented “We could not have been more pleased in 2010 to win the very significant EIBTM Technology Watch award. Since exhibiting at EIBTM last year we have confirmed over 200 large events for the next 18 months, placing us in the Number One spot in the market. Mobile solutions can play a very significant role in helping attendees and exhibitors get the most out of their participation to large events. We will not stand still”. Visit www.eibtm.com/TW2010 to find out more about last years entries.

New to the show this year - EIBTM have partnered with global meetings architecture consultants SyncPartners Ltd and Newtonstrand to create a Future Events Experience. This new live experience will provide an insight into how future conferences and meetings will be run and how social media technologies will re-shape attendees experiences.

In addition to this, EIBTM will be running a number of Technology Education sessions. The now famous Technology Hour will take place everyday in the Lecture Theatre on the show floor and topics will consider the relevance and impacts of various applications ranging from social media and mobile technology to Ipads and tablets. Each session is structured to evoke a range of debates and discussions throughout.

Graeme Barnett, Reed Travel Exhibitions Event Director EIBTM comments: “The changing world we are all living in is being re-shaped every day by emerging technologies that connect and engage individuals all over the world. This year we have looked at developing ways to support the exponential growth of this new and rapidly evolving medium. As the leading global event for the meetings and events industry, one of our main objectives is to drive change and bring industry players together to contribute, share, express and debate about these development – which will in turn, carry the industry forward”.

For 2011, EIBTM will be launching their first event App, enabling EIBTM participants to get full information about the event and plan their visit on their mobile device. Before, during and after the show, there will be news and updates as well as reminders about key events taking place during the show.