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October 24, 2010

EIBTM announces Worldwide Technology Watch winner 2010

Major meetings and event show unveils innovation leaders.

Sherpa Solutions ActivTouch has scooped the European Incentive Business Travel and Meetings (EIBTM) exhibition’s WorldWide Technology Watch Award for 2010, highlighting mobile technology’s potential to transform events and trade shows.

The company beat a record number of entrants in the competition, which recognises and rewards technological innovation in the meetings, events and incentive travel industry.

Sherpa Solutions ActivTouch provides the ability for attendees, show managers and exhibitors to access agenda planning tools, conference alerts, exhibitor guides, social networking tools, matchmaking programmes, appointment scheduling, and peer-to-peer messaging using mobile phones at events.

The winning technology has several unique features such as highly precise geo-location to assist in navigating people around the show floor of a trade show and give visitors information about their surroundings. Sherpa Solutions ActivTouch also enables strong integration with other show features, such as registration, housing, exhibitor mobile solutions and floor plan mapping tools vendors.

This year’s EIBTM Worldwide Techology Watch judging panel comprised seven judges from five countries, with experience in the meetings industry and technology, and was chaired by events technology expert Corbin Ball, chief executive of Corbin Ball Associates. The remaining judges were: Rudd Janssen, chief executive of TNOC (The New Objective Collective); Paul Hussey, business development director at BSI Meetings and Events; Bruce MacMillan, president and chief executive of Meeting Professionals International (MPI); Martin Sirk, chief executive of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA); Samuel J Smith, managing director of Interactive Meeting Technology; and Lynn Wong, director at Eventoplus.

All entries were scored based on innovation, completeness of concept and the potential value they would contribute to the meetings industry. 

In addition to the overall award winner, the panel also recognised four further finalists, which highlight several paths of technology progress for events. These were: Ootoweb, which submitted a new attendee management/online registration product with mobile integration; DUB, a multi-platform mobile solution for events; and Inxpo and Unisfair, which were both recognised for their virtual tradeshow and events products.
“Having received a record number of submissions (52 in total), this year’s winner and four finalists were among dozens of exceptionally strong entries,” said Ball. “This is indicative of the increasing rate of technology change in the meetings industry, with products representing a range of ideas and innovations.

“Technological innovation continues to present great tools for the meetings industry, and we continue to see great strides being achieved year-on-year. I am confident that next year’s entries will no doubt highlight further impressive developments for our sector.”

The 2010 WorldWide Technology Watch results and overview of current technology trends for the meetings and events industry will be presented by Ball at this year’s EIBTM.

For more details, visit www.eibtm.com/wwtw

For more information about Sherpa Solutions, visit www.sherpa-solutions.com

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