1. the branch of knowledge that deals with the creation and use of technical means and their interrelation with life, society, and the environment, drawing upon such subjects as industrial arts, engineering, applied science, and pure science.
2. the application of this knowledge for practical ends.
Technology is changing the way meetings professionals plan their meetings and events. From registration platforms to onsite mobile apps, technology is designed to simplify processes and enhance attendee experience. In this Education Essentials, we'll explore technology trends to keep on your radar and resources for capitalizing on new innovations to earn optimal ROI.
The Show Must Go On!
Technology can be our best friend or perceived as a most frustrating foe. When the closing keynote was unable to attend the FICP 2019 Winter Symposium due to extreme weather conditions, FICP hosted a live virtual keynote that included video conference with live Q&A. If ever presented with a similar hurdle, remember to involve your stakeholders, utilize the experts, be open to failure, and most importantly, remain calm. Read more.
Top Tech Trends of 2019
FICP Education Committee member, Barbara Scofidio, explores trends in meeting technology, travel technology and Big Data in meetings in a series of recent Prevue Meetings articles. This year's meeting technology trends are all about new uses for the tools already familiar to most meetings professionals. Examples include using drones as mobile hotspots, implementing the use of chatbots as personnel, broadcasting live events and more. Read more about these trends here.
Travel technology predictions for 2019 include integrating Alexa to track travel, use of airport robots, Internet of Things-enabled cities that adjust to residents, and more. Read about these travel trends here.
Big Data is a hot topic in most industries. Learn more about how Big Data is impacting meetings with the use of blockchain technologies reducing the need for third-party tools, new distribution capability (NDC) allowing companies to build a better picture of corporate travel spend, and machine learning playing an integral role in booking meetings and travel.
Have you encountered any up-and-coming technology trends at meetings or events? Share it on TheNetwork in Barbara's discussion thread, Technology Trends for Low Budget Meetings.
Enter the Technology Trends Playroom
From virtual reality to drones, technology today requires a hands-on approach to fully understand the scale and impact of products that meetings professionals can take advantage of. Stop in this "playroom" at the 2019 FICP Education Forum and immerse yourself in the latest tech and learn how you can incorporate it into your own meetings and events. Learn more and register now to experience it for yourself.
FICP Shorts: Staying Ahead of Technology
In this FICP Short, Dan Russo shares what he encourages meetings professionals to think about when setting up their registration process.
This FICP Short from Nick Borelli and Dahlia el Gazzar explores the top technology trends the meetings industry should expect to see in 2019.
Upcoming Technology Webinars
MS Outlook for the Meetings Professional: It's Not the Same Old, Same Old
May 22, 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. CT presentation, 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. CT Q&A
Presented by Audrey Thomas, President, Organized Audrey
If you use Outlook, chances are you’ve used it for many years. As with any software program, you have become accustomed to using it the same way, day in and day out. Being more efficient when it comes to creating an effective file folder structure, processing email, or managing projects with the Task feature, will allow you to spend more time making an impact on your meetings and events. If you want to learn how to navigate Outlook in a fresh, new way, this webinar is for you.
For a sneak peek of this webinar, watch Audrey's FICP Short where she shares some tips for organizing your email file folders.
Critical Excel Tools for the Meetings Professional
June 25, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. CT
Presented by James Spellos, President, Meeting U
Excel can perform so many functions for the meetings industry professional, from handling budgets, managing registration and client data and so much more. This webinar is your opportunity to explore the rich functionality that Excel has to offer and start working right away with tools to save you and your organization time and money.
Learn more about these webinars and register for them on the FICP Anytime page.
In Case You Missed It
Missed a webinar? Recordings are available on-demand in TheNetwork. Catch the most recent webinar recording, It's App-Tastic: 60 Apps in 60 Minutes with James Spellos, here.
#TBT - Technology Solutions Idea Exchange
At the 2017 FICP Fall Symposium, attendees shared technology solutions, such as gamification ideas, event management apps, virtual reality at events and more. View the notes from the idea exchange here.
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