ibtm world to Honor Top Tech Innovators

ibtm world, meetings

The industry looks to the ibtm world Technology and Innovation Watch Award each year for tools that will shape the future of meetings and events.

This year, the popular ibtm world award attracted 60 entrants, the highest number to date, with first-time applications from Hong Kong, India, Tanzania, Turkey, Finland, Norway and Romania. The 10 finalists—Aloompa, EventCollab, EventGeek, Fly Another Day, Grip, Groupize, GruupMeet, Meeting Evolution, Shoflo and Visionteractive—were announced October 10 by a panel of some of the most esteemed leaders in meeting technology. These products will be featured in the Innovation Zone on the show floor.

Submissions are judged on innovation, completeness of concept and the value of the product to the meetings industry. Last year’s winner was InitLive, a cloud-based system that includes a web service and free mobile device app for planning and building schedules for multi-day and multi-venue events.

ibtm world, formerly known as EIBTM, takes place November 29 to December 1 in Barcelona. The final World Technology and Innovation Watch Award winner will be announced on November 30.

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Barbara Scofidio is editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In 25 years of covering the industry, her articles have spanned topics ranging from social media to strategic meetings management. She is currently the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee and was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of Site, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. A familiar face at industry events, Barbara often leads panel discussions or speaks on topics close to her heart, such as green meetings or how the industry can help combat human trafficking. She is also on the board of ECPAT USA, the human trafficking organization. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.