Chicago, IL — The International Association of Conference Centers (IACC) recently released this year’s top meeting technology trends. Mark Cooper, IACC’s CEO, commented, “Meeting Planners are seeing their role influenced more and more by technology, not just for the meeting itself, but in researching and booking venues, how planners interact on site and how they communicate following the meeting.”
Here’s the top-10 meeting tech trends list from IACC:
1. Look Out, Here Comes Gen Y, The Millennials! This generation is addicted to social media, is even more environmentally conscious than their predecessors—the Gen Xers, and has high expectations of connectivity, interactivity, and the ability to influence and engage in dialogue. They expect Wi-Fi to always be free and fast!
2. Think Socializing Rather Than Networking: Socializing at work used to be frowned upon, but it’s now seen as relationship-building. Conference venues encourage relaxed socializing by providing multi-use spaces for conferees to gather.
3. Switch Up The Mood! New developments in technology have allowed venues and organizers to instantly change the look and feel of a meeting room with user-controllable LED mood lighting and high-tech furniture groupings.
4. Important advances in GPS-based 4 app technology enable planners and venues to personalize a conferee’s welcome and offer other location-based alert notifications upon arrival.
5. Geofence Your Conference: 5 app-based, two-way communication allow smart phones to transmit contact information, social media profiles, specific meeting room access information, meal tracking and food preferences.
6. The Sky’s The Limit…For Now! Conference organizers are using drone technology to capture creative event photos and map out the venue for GPS integrated conferences.
7. The Days Of The Cable Are Numbered: We are closer to a single standard for wireless charging technology. Currently pushing for a single standard, QI Consortium boasts wireless charging points in 3,000 hotels. Large-scale furniture makers are installing standardized wireless charging into tables and desks.
8. Meet Your Virtual Colleague: Venues are developing meeting rooms with multiple ceiling mounted microphones, high-bandwidth connectivity and advanced software solutions to provide seamless integration into the meeting for virtual attendees, faculty and guest speakers.
9. Conference Venues Welcome Streetview Technology: Technology is fast evolving using the Google Street View concept to provide valuable virtual venue tours, multiple room images showing different meeting layouts and even property video footage.
10. Buying Your Meeting Online: More and more clients are using the web as their primary tool for making purchasing decisions. Websites should serve as the primary tool for clients to plan, book, purchase, and engage with facilities.