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3 Tips to Producing a Successful eSports Tournament
Aug 16, 2019 by
Gaming tournaments have been a great revenue boon for videogame developers and the venues that host them.  In 2017, esports captured a whole new territory in the world of digital entertainment when the audience size for esports tournaments surpassed the audience who watched all the NFL season’s games combined!  This prompted the business world to take note and sprouted a cottage industry of marketers, event planners and PR agencies that promise to deliver “the esports tournament event ...
Take Your Exhibit to the Third Dimension
Jun 19, 2019 by
Using basic booth design elements can lead you to a very clean and functional design—something two dimensional. But if you want to add another dimension, one offering light, movement and interactivity, SmartSource and ABCOM Technology Group have come together to offer a suite of the industry’s most innovative technology solutions. Made You Look The 27” Giant iTab kiosk (it comes in a 42” size also) looks like an oversized smartphone. It acts like one too. Featuring a native var...
Level Up with Cutting-Edge Gaming Technology
May 22, 2019 by
For players and particularly for coders, writers, designers, and developers, gaming is serious business. Today’s gamers increasingly expect sophisticated, immersive experiences, making a developer’s hardware and software requirement quite robust. Some of the latest advances that are revolutionizing the gaming industry include face and voice recognition, gesture control, virtual reality with photorealistic graphics, and the ability to participate in real-time, multiplayer games regardless of ...
ExhibitorLive 2019 Connected Event Marketers to Their Community and Technology
Mar 03, 2019 by
The theme for this year’s ExhibitorLive, “Connect with Your Species,” took engagement to another level. The annual event, which includes an exhibition of the top technology suppliers in the trade show and corporate event marketing space, wrapped up on February 27 in Las Vegas. While augmented reality, virtual reality and holograms were the stars of the show, there were plenty of other technologies on display to capture the imagination and business sensibilities of event marketers. E...
A Meeting Planner’s Bill Of Rights For Choosing An AV Company
Jan 30, 2019 by
Meeting planners have lots of choices to make when placing their events in hotels. Some of the demands that hotels make are non-negotiable. Using an in-house audio-visual service provider is not one of them. In most cases, planners are entitled to utilize the services and expertise of a preferred, third-party AV contractor. They have certain “rights” which they can express during the contract negotiation process. PLANNERS HAVE THE RIGHT TO: Ask the hotel whether or not the use of a...
Make Graduation Memorable with These Tips for Planning your Commencement
Jan 24, 2019 by
A milestone in our lives, Graduation season is right around the corner. With roughly 7,000 higher learning institutions planning these ceremonies twice a year along with department receptions, campus festivities, career fairs, and seasonal galas, it can be challenging to create a memorable experience for the graduates, families and faculty. Want to make this event even more special? Make it shorter? Less stressful? Follow these ideas over the next several months to meet these objectives....
5 Must Have AV Technologies for Film Festivals
Jan 11, 2019 by
Film festivals big and small have proven to be an economic boon for the localities that host them. Take for example the Sundance Film Festival, which over an 11-day period in 2017 generated $151.5 million for the Utah economy. Even lesser known festivals can draw tens of thousands of attendees, like the International Palm Springs Film Festival, which attracts over 160,000 attendees to the small city of Palm Springs, whose resident population is less than 50,000. While few festivals have t...
76th Annual Golden Globe Awards
Dec 19, 2018 by
Congratulations to our long-time clients who dominated the Golden Globe nominations again this year, especially in television. FILM A Star is Born, Warner Bros. Pictures Crazy Rich Asians, Warner Bros. Pictures TELEVISION The Americans,  Fox 21 Television Studios Homecoming, Universal Cable Productions LLA Pose, Fox 21 Television Studios Barry, HBO Entertainment The Good Place,  Universal Television Kidding, SHOWTIME The Kominsky Method, Warner Bros. Television SmartSource Ren...
IAEE’s Expo! Expo! Ups Its Game On Event Technology in 2018
Dec 19, 2018 by
The International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) held its annual meeting and exhibition, Expo! Expo!, in New Orleans, December 11-13. Of all the product categories represented on the exhibition floor and in the conference rooms, technology stood out in the 2018 edition of the event. IAEE programmers brought back the Tech Startup Pavilion exhibition floor and the Tech Startup Experience & Pitch Competition (a robot won). The conference this year also featured Te...
Best Business Laptops for 2019
Nov 01, 2018 by
A great laptop can make or break workforce productivity. If employees are waiting for apps to load, processing to complete or require IT maintenance support often, your company could be on the losing side of efficiency. While the market is flooded with laptops, not all are created the same. The key factors to evaluate are power, battery life, features, and value. All of the ones listed below, except the MacBook Pro, natively run Windows 10 Professional version. As you look ahead to 2019, w...
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