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Mar 25, 2019
ABCOM Technology Group, a leading provider of IT and digital signage and part of the Dubin Clark & Company, Inc. portfolio, has acquired SmartSource Rentals, an event-supporting technology company. Facilitated by a recapitalization, the acquisition is effective today. “With more than 60 years of combined industry experience, ABCOM and SmartSource share the same focus and values when it comes to anticipating customers' ever-changing needs,” said Sanjay Kapur, CEO of SmartSource. "We look forward to growing together and using our shared ideals and culture of operational excellence to… more
Mar 22, 2019
Community Brands, a provider of cloud-based software and payment solutions for associations, nonprofits, schools and faith-based organizations, has acquired Core-apps and TripBuilder Media. Both event management software companies bring leading mobile and onsite attendee engagement solutions that complement the Community Brands event technology portfolio. During the last 12 months, Community Brands software has supported more than 200,000 events. The newly-acquired companies immediately complement a set of event planning solutions that already includes event registration, onsite… more
Mar 21, 2019
Washington, D.C.-based event management software company Streampoint Solutions will run the inaugural Event Technology Week, an online conference, from March 25-29. Designed to help event planners managing the critical, yet often overwhelming world of event technology, this five-day event will feature webinars led by industry experts. “As events and trade shows continue to evolve, event planners are inundated with new technologies and data points,” said Dharmesh Dayabhai, co-founder of Streampoint Solutions, in a press release. “It can be cumbersome to work your way around this data to make… more
Mar 19, 2019
Last week, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority Board of Directors voted on a proposal that could very well revolutionize the future of transportation in Southern Nevada.  They selected Elon Musk’s The Boring Company to design, construct and operate a people mover for Las Vegas Convention Center. The project would entail a loop of underground express-route tunnels that could carry passengers in high-speed autonomous electric vehicles and have potential to connect LVCC to Downtown Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Boulevard Resort Corridor, McCarran International Airport and beyond.   “The… more
Mar 14, 2019
On March 12, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) board of directors agreed to move forward with an upgrade and expansion of Cox Business’ wireless and wireline services at Las Vegas Convention Center. The renewed agreement includes a high-density network upgrade to the Wi-Fi installation in the existing convention space with new access points that power the latest 802.11ax standard. The three-year, multi-million-dollar renewed agreement also includes the design and management of a comprehensive Wi-Fi and distributed antenna system at LVCC’s $935.1 million, 1.4 million-… more
Mar 12, 2019
San Diego Convention Center is modernizing its approach to event signage solutions by selecting Digital Conventions as its official in-house digital signage service provider.  Expected to be up and running by this summer, SDCC’s new digital signage program will allow event organizers, advertisers and sponsors to have a turn-key approach to high-definition video advertising, wayfinding and announcements, according to convention center officials. The new partnership is just one more way the facility is working to improve the customer and guest experience, said Clifford “Rip” Rippetoe,… more
Mar 07, 2019
If you could create the perfect event tech platform that would solve all of your event-related issues while helping you to achieve your ultimate trade show goals, what would that technology look like? We posed this question to three seasoned trade show professionals and here’s what they had to say. Jenn Ellek, Senior Director of Marketing, Taffy Event Strategies Since I am a marketer at heart and a data-follower by design, I’m always looking for ways to customize and personalize a prospect’s journey of engagement and their ultimate conversion to an event attendee. With unlimited resources (… more
Mar 05, 2019
In a move demonstrating its increasing interest in business travel, Airbnb has acquired Gaest.com—proving the duo is a match made in heaven just in time for Valentine’s Day. Gaest.com, an online marketplace designed to help meeting and event planners find inspiring spaces for short-term rentals (hours or days), was founded in 2015 in Denmark. It now operates across six continents on a platform similar to that of Airbnb, where hosts can list their spaces and also provide other add-ons to enhance the experience. As the demand for more creative, flexible meeting spaces continues to rise,… more
Mar 01, 2019
With sharing economies transforming how people travel, commute, work, read and listen, it makes sense that this trend is spilling over into trade show exhibiting. Enter Exhibitshub, an exhibit sharing marketplace launched earlier this week at ExhibitorLive. Inspired by companies like Airbnb, Uber and Lyft, Exhibitshub has aggregated an extensive collection of custom exhibits in key convention cities that can be reserved, booked and rebranded online. Using this new platform, exhibitors simply search exhibits by city, type, size, design and budget; select booth options that meet their… more
Feb 26, 2019
In response to the increasing digitization of the retail sector, Messe Frankfurt has joined forces with nmedia, an electronic data interchange company, to develop nextrade. Set to launch in the second half of this year, this new platform is a digital B2B marketplace for suppliers and retailers in the home and living consumer goods industry. Along with placing orders at trade shows in the traditional way, retailers will be able to use this new online platform year-round for ordering products and product lines from their supplier partners. “Nextrade will be open to all suppliers and… more