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Event technology has spread to many different aspects of the event planning process and the attendee experience that we are seeing major shifts in the industry around several trends. New technology is being used to engage attendees, improve on-site check-in, and in many other elements of the event experience.

With so many new forms of technology out there today, it can be difficult to understand which ones are right for your event how to implement them effectively. We have complied the top event technology trends in 2018 here for you to become more familiar with them. Keep reading to learn more about these tech trends and how they may benefit your next event.

Touchable tech

  Photo Credit:   Core-Apps   – Wayfinder kiosks allow attendees to navigate your event quickly and easily

Photo Credit: Core-Apps – Wayfinder kiosks allow attendees to navigate your event quickly and easily

Touchable tech is exactly what it sounds like: technology that you can touch. It can be a great way to get attendees engaged with each other, and with your event. Some examples of touchable tech include digital notepads, wayfinders, and mosaic walls. Incorporating elements of touchable tech can help make your event more exciting and interactive.

   Photo Credit:  Luster  – This mosaic wall was used by Reebok and Crossfit at their event

Photo Credit: Luster – This mosaic wall was used by Reebok and Crossfit at their event

  Photo Credit:  TweetBeam  – Twitter wall displayed during conference speaking event

Photo Credit: TweetBeam – Twitter wall displayed during conference speaking event

Cashless Payments

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Credit and debit cards have become the main methods of payment in today’s world and the event industry has taken notice. This technology and cashless payments have been adapted to work for events and attendees alike. RFID technology is used to turn any badge into a payment method to use throughout an event. Cashless payments help facilitate a seamless attendee experience by eliminating the hassle of a cash transaction while on-site. Also, cashless payments allow event organizers to monitor purchases in real-time allowing them to keep an eye on trends and receive important data.

Facial Recognition

 Photo Credit:  NPR     - Robin Lubbock/WBUR – Facial recognition technology used for airport check-in

Photo Credit: NPR - Robin Lubbock/WBUR – Facial recognition technology used for airport check-in

Facial recognition technology is being used in multiple ways today from airport check-in to Snapchat. This new tech trend is now being used at events for things like attendee check-in and badge printing as well. Facial recognition can be used to recognize an attendee and have their badge printed as they approach the check-in area. We are seeing facial recognition technology also being used to analyze attendee responses and reactions, helping show organizers gain insight about attendee interest and demographic information.

   Expo Logic premiered facial recognition badge printing at IMEX America 2017 in Las Vegas, NV.

Expo Logic premiered facial recognition badge printing at IMEX America 2017 in Las Vegas, NV.

These are just a few of the hottest tech trends coming to events in 2018. To learn more exciting, new technology trends and receive advice on how to use tech at your events, download our new eBook today.

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