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6 Significant Things You Need to Know Before April 12
Apr 09, 2018 by
  What is the significance of this date? It’s Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID), of course! For the third consecutive year, meeting planners and suppliers will gather at educational, networking and virtual meetings to shine a light on the value of meetings on businesses, communities and the worldwide economy. There will be over 120 events in six continents. SmartSource® Rentals has offices in fourteen of the twenty-four states planning events on this special day. This year...
5 Must-Haves for Every Training Program
Apr 03, 2018 by
Whether you are training medical conference attendees, launching a new scientific product or teaching IT staff about new software technology, it’s important to provide participants with a space that promotes learning, engagement and collaboration. While the usual training rentals are still relevant, we have seen an uptick in requests for Virtual Reality and gaming systems as a fresh way to immerse participants into the training material. Here are five items that require special attention wh...
Legaltech 2018 – Tech Trends in the legal Industry
Mar 15, 2018 by
In case you have never been, Legaltech® is the event for those interested in technology for the legal industry. The conference is attended by law firm partners, legal technology and innovation architects, legal operations, inside council, marketing and talent acquisition, as well as suppliers to the legal industry. And, for those companies that service customers in this vertical market, it is a show not to be missed. From a technology perspective, cyber security and data privacy remain c...
SmartSource Takes to the Road in Minneapolis
Mar 15, 2018 by
For those SmartSource® clients that don’t know, a big part of our business is serving the entertainment industry with IT rental and service needs. Since anything entertainment has high general appeal, we thought we would write an article about some of the fun projects we engage in, not only in Los Angeles but nationwide. One of these projects is working with the cast and crew of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon as part of their road show, which took place in Minneapolis for the Super Bow...
PCMA’s Future of Face2Face Delivers
Mar 15, 2018 by
Convening Leaders, the annual meeting of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), has—as is its modus operandi—iterated a centralized hub for technology and non-traditional learning for several years. The hub has changed names and programming in keeping with the fast pace of technology and expanding interest levels of attendees. In Nashville this year, attendees were exposed to a range of opportunities at the “Future of Face2Face.” One can only describe the Future of...
Digital Kiosks: Choosing the Right Ones for Your Event
Mar 07, 2018 by
Self-service digital kiosks are everywhere these days. They make it faster and easier to do things like withdraw or deposit money, order a train ticket, print a boarding pass, check out groceries, and so many other daily tasks once associated with long lines. Digital kiosks are so useful that it’s no wonder they’ve become one of the best interactive tools for elevating events and trade shows. Kiosks are an automated, user-friendly way to promote business and interactively connect event at...
Live Streaming 101: All You Need to Know for Your Next Event
Feb 21, 2018 by
Over the course of the last 18 months, broadcast video has grown by leaps and bounds. Corporations have found it to be a cost-effective way to reach remote employees, and associations think it’s a great way to increase exposure to members and non-members. In fact, one virtual event technology company, Digitell, found that 30% of individuals who watched a live stream event came to the in-person meeting or conference the following year. Still not convinced live streaming will help? Here ar...
The ABCs of Gamification Laptops
Feb 16, 2018 by
  It’s no secret that video gaming is wildly popular in the United States. In fact, two-thirds of American households regularly play video games, according to a recent study by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). Perhaps even more interestingly, gamers age 18 or older represent 72 percent of the video game-playing population, and the average gamer is 35 years old. But how does that carry over to the events industry? Well, for those of us who strive to engage audiences ...
CES 2018 – Crossover Tech Trends for the Event Industry
Feb 09, 2018 by
The general theme for consumer technologies most likely to cross over into the event industry is flexibility.  The ability to adapt quickly to a changing environment is at the core of successful event planning. This year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2018), we saw new technologies applied to old event technologies to make them more dynamic and responsive, raising the bar for what event attendees will expect in the near future.   Artificial Intelligence (AI) Two leaders in ...
Must-Have Technology for 2018
Feb 08, 2018 by
From the largest events to the most scaled down, attendee engagement continues to reign supreme as we begin the New Year. While conferences and conventions will always be centered on keynote speakers and face-to-face interaction, technology is an ever-growing source of empowerment for taking engagement to a whole new level. Today’s megacorps are using state-of-the-art technology to create futuristic experiences that often seem like something out of a science fiction movie. For instance, aug...
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