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June 19, 2015


ibtm world (, previously EIBTM, the leading global event for the meeting and events industry, has announced that applications are now open for the Technology and Innovation Watch 2015 Award (previously known as the Technology Watch award).

Graeme Barnett, Senior Exhibition Director, ibtm world, who announced the opening of the Technology and Innovation Watch 2015 at the Event Tech Lab which took place as part of London Tech Week commented: “This new all-encompassing name for this award illustrates its evolution, recognising the importance of both innovation and technology within the industry.”

The process of allocating the Technology and Innovation Watch Award will also change as the judging panel will shortlist 10 submissions to be recognised as the ‘Top 10 Innovations to drive the industry forward’. These 10 innovations will be offered the opportunity to feature in the dedicated Innovation Zone at the show in Barcelona (17-19 November 2015).

The panel will also vote for one of these top ten to become the Technology and Innovation Watch winner who will benefit from a global promotional campaign (supported by ibtm world), a presence in the Innovation Zone and the opportunity to present their winning solution during the show.

Barnett continues, “The Innovation Zone is a popular feature for our attendees, who we know also have a growing interest in how technology impacts and can enhance their events. It makes perfect sense to therefore provide a dedicated area within ibtm world for our exhibitors to showcase their latest skills and innovations for the benefit of all involved in the meetings and events industry.”

Peter Komornik, CEO of and one of the top 10 innovations showcased in 2014 commented: “Initiated by the meetings at the show, we’ve cultivated relationships and established a number of new partnerships with people we met in the Innovation Zone. Moreover, direct feedback received in the Innovation Zone was very useful in developing new features for our customers.”

Comprising of industry experts from across the world, and chaired by meetings technology expert Corbin Ball, the ibtm world Technology and Innovation Watch judging panel 2015, will consist of Stefania Conti-Vecchi, Founder and CEO of EVENTagist, Michelle Bruno, Technology Journalist – Bruno Group Signature Events, Christine Fuchs, Founder of The Social Fox, Paul Hussey, Director of The Conference Doctor, Ruud Janssen, Founder of and Co-Founder of EMG and Padraic Gilligan, Managing Partner of SoolNua. In addition, one new industry judge will join the panel this year: James Morgan, Co-founder of Event Tech Lab and a Senior Lecturer in Tourism and Events at the University of Westminster.

Morgan commented, “I’m really looking forward to working with the judges and ibtm world on this long-standing competition that facilitates greater integration of technology into events of all kinds. The speed of technological innovation means that busy events professionals are always playing catch-up. The Innovation Zone provides a great educational platform for event professionals to explore a plethora of technologies that benefit their events and attendees.”

Free to enter, the application process for submissions is now open at Entry for the ibtm world 2015 Technology and Innovation Watch Award will close on Friday 4th September.

For further information about the Innovation Zone, please visit

Companies providing event services or technology solutions, interested in a stand and benefiting from access to a global network of powerful meetings industry buyers should contact or for further information, please visit


October 24, 2012

BOBtv from bXb Online, a global online event platform designed specifically for events and associations, has been awarded this year’s EIBTM Technology Watch ( for its innovation and use of technology to support the improvement of event management.

bXb Online and five runners up were selected from 56 applications by an expert panel of industry professionals who scored the entries based on innovation, completeness of concept, and the value of the product to the meetings industry.

BOBtv, bXb Online’s innovative technology, is a global online platform which provides a solution for making event content available for remote attendees either live or on-demand by utilising video as an event communication vehicle and delivering key learnings remotely via hybrid meetings. BOBtv encompasses two significant trends, which were both decisive factors in the judging process for the award.

Tony Lorenz, CEO, bXb Online commented: “Our industry is currently on the rise as content aggregation and video streaming are becoming increasingly important. BOBtv is uniquely designed for the industry to create new value for all stakeholders. We are grateful for this important recognition by EIBTM at this stage in our journey. As a company, we are working hard to earn EIBTM’s spotlight on BOBtv.”

bXb Online will present their winning product at EIBTM 2012 at the Future Events Experience on the show floor at 14:30 on Wednesday, 28 November. As part of the award, bXb Online have also been awarded a stand within the Technology and Events Services Village and can be found at stand N120.

In addition to the overall winner, the EIBTM Technology Watch award also included five finalists whose entries highlighted significant technology trends within the industry.

ATIV Software’s Event Pilot is an interactive mobile APP which includes a complete and searchable conference schedule, an agenda builder as well as social media integration and mapping. Event Pilot is designed for complex scientific meetings and conferences with thousands of presentations and poster sessions.

MERA Labs, NiceMeeting transforms attendees’ mobile devices, such as the iPad, iPhone and Android tablet into a full-featured personal presentation slide display units which also includes chats, polling and file exchange between delegates.

EventMobi has been recognised for their pioneering work using HTML5 to produce multipurpose APPs for event attendees. EventMobi has also been acknowledged for EventMobi Fusion is the industry’s first event APP that works across all devices and does not require internet connection.

Zerista have designed a multi-featured event APP and web platform which includes match making and social media integration such as automatic qualified lead generation and personalised digital libraries which include session content, multimedia offerings and exhibitor marketing documents.

Sherpa is a consistent innovator for the meetings and tradeshow industries and their entry, WaveLocator is a unique indoor positioning system which uses ultrasound instead of GPS or a Wi-fi based system.

Corbin Ball, who chaired the judging panel commented, “BOBtv was felt by the judges to be a clear winner in the crowded 56 entries for the EIBTM 2012 Technology Watch. This video curation and distribution platform has significant potential to deliver event content to a much larger audience live and on-demand.”

The EIBTM Technology Watch Award is the most high profile and longest running recognition scheme for innovation in the meetings industry worldwide. This years entries showed a clear trend in mobile technology innovation as well as lead exchange/QR codes, ERFP/sourcing, social media/matchmaking, room diagramming/floor plans, gaming, registration and abstract management, document distribution and virtual events/tradeshows.

For further information on bXb Online and the runners up, please visit or to meet them onsite, pre-register to attend EIBTM 2012 at

EIBTM Technology Watch – Power Panel to judge

July 25, 2012

EIBTM Technology Watch – Power Panel to judge
‘Meetings Industry Technology Oscars’

EIBTM (, the global event for the meetings, incentives, events and business travel industry has recently announced the line up of industry experts who will be judging this year’s EIBTM Technology Watch.

EIBTM Technology Watch is now the most high profile and longest running award recognition scheme for innovation in the sector worldwide and this year’s expert judging panel will be looking to award an innovative company for their pioneering technology solutions which will make a significant impact on the industry.

The 2012 panel of industry experts will be chaired by Corbin Ball, of Corbin Ball Associates, who was recently voted ‘one of the 25 most influential people in the meetings industry’. The judging panel will also comprise Michelle Bruno, President, Bruno Group Signature Events; Paul Hussey, Business Development Director, BSI Meetings and Events; Ruud W. Janssen, Marketing Entrepreneur, TNOC; Martin Sirk, CEO, ICCA; Bruce MacMillan, former CEO & President, MPI and new addition, Deborah Sexton, President and CEO, PCMA.

Deborah Sexton, PCMA President and CEO commented: “Captivating the minds of a generation of attendees who have grown up texting and surfing the web is now a challenge for everyone in the meetings and events industry; exponentially increasing our need for innovative technology. The EIBTM Technology Watch is the premier technology showcase that consistently delights us with innovative new solutions.”

The judging criteria for the EIBTM Technology Watch, also known as the “Meetings Industry Technology Oscars” is based on a number of criteria including: innovation and uniqueness, impact to the meetings industry as well as completeness of the product of service. The winner of the award will receive an exhibition stand within the Technology Village at EIBTM (value €3000) to showcase their product to over 15,200 industry professionals expected to attend this year’s event.

The winner will also gain global exposure through publicity and marketing support pre-show as well as high visibility onsite through a number of platforms. To enter for the EIBTM Technology Watch, visit Entries close 7th September 2012.

To enquire about specialist exhibiting opportunities in the Technology Village or for further information about EIBTM please visit or contact

EIBTM 2012 takes place 27th – 29th November, Barcelona.

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