LAS VEGAS — Meetings industry professionals attending IMEX America this year can preview the latest business innovations, many of which will come from the technology sector, according to nearly 40 per cent of meeting professionals. Imex America will be held Oct. 18 to 20, in Las Vegas.
The survey of nearly 1,200 respondents by the IMEX Group revealed that 40 per cent of hosted buyers, 34.5 per cent of visitors and 37.5 per cent of exhibitors thought technology would deliver the next big innovation. New apps, virtual meetings and meeting room technology were all cited as examples of how event technology innovation is making an impact across the industry.
Meeting professionals can preview some of the technology set to make waves in the industry at the #IMEXpitch taking place Oct. 18 at IMEX America. At the show, event technology start-ups have the opportunity to showcase their products to an audience of event professionals. Applications are now open for the #IMEXpitch, culminating in five finalists competing in a live head-to-head pitch competition.
Each company has five minutes to put forward its product, including the concept, features and unique selling points, to a live audience. The winner, chosen by an expert judging panel, will receive a free space on the Technology Pavilion at next year’s show, in addition to press and marketing exposure.
The independent expert judging panel all work with event technology on a daily basis and are always looking out for the latest developments.
The Meeting Pool is also powering the TECHknowledge Area at IMEX America, where experts will deliver targeted technology sessions, TECHbytes, answering questions on hot topics such as Snapchat, Slack, OneNote and wearable technology, and guiding visitors through the latest tech in the Gadget Lab.
Buyers at IMEX America can meet the experts behind the latest innovations in a series of TechTours running throughout the show. By meeting with selected exhibitors on the show floor, they can discover some of the companies who are leading the way in technology affecting the meetings and event sector.