ibtm world has today announced the nine finalists for its renowned ibtm worldTech Watch Award. The winner will be announced at ibtm world 2017, which takes place at Fira Barcelona from 28-30 November.
The finalists for the award, all of which are technology companies with new products or services relevant to the MICE industry, now have the chance to showcase their product to thousands of global buyers, influencers and media in Innovation Zone at ibtm world.
This year the award has three categories: Logistics and Production, Management and Marketing and Audience Engagement. From the nine finalists, judges will now vote for a winner in each category, one of which will be named Tech Watch Award 2017 winner on 29 November at ibtm world in Barcelona.
This year’s finalists are: Bizly, Inc., an enterprise platform focused on helping employees source, book, and manage small meetings; ConferencePulse, a sponsorship recruitment product that helps conference professionals secure sponsors, speakers, venues and conferences; Eventinterface, an attendee management and matchmaking product; Kapow, a direct booking tool; Ribyt, an attendee management / travel / communication system; Sciensio, an AI powered chatbot; SharedXP Limited, a crowd sourcing and crowd voting platform; Snöball, a social media marketing product and SwarmWorks Ltd., which offers a range of applications for audience interactivity.
Kerry Prince, portfolio director, ibtm events, said: “We are delighted to have had such a strong field of entries for this year’s Tech Watch Award. Our nine finalists have access to a high-profile audience of industry professionals via the Innovation Zone at ibtm world – widely regarded as the leading MICE industry platform for new and emerging technologies. It’s also great news for our visitors, who will once again have the opportunity to experience and interact with a incredibly diverse range of exciting new technologies that could really make a difference to their business in the future.”
Corbin Ball, chair of ibtm world Technology and Innovation Watch Judging Committee, added: “The standard and breadth of entries we received this year was excellent, which is making it a very interesting process to judge and will ensure that visitors have a really valuable experience when visiting the event’s renowned Innovation Zone. I’m very much looking forward to revealing our winner live at ibtm world in Barcelona.”
The Tech Watch Award is the industry’s longest-standing award of its kind, and is extremely well recognised across the MICE industry, thanks to the exposure winners receive during and post the event, as well as its high-profile judges.
Entries are being judged by a panel of well-known experts from the events and technology industries, chaired by tech industry stalwart, Corbin Ball. Judges include Michelle Bruno, President of Bruno Group Signature Events; Dahlia El Gazzar, Founder of DAHLIA+ Inc; Ruud Janssen, Founder of TNOC.org and co-founder EMG; Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner at SoolNua; Paul Hussey, director of The Conference Doctor and Julius Solaris, founder and editor of Event MB.
ibtm world 2017 will take place from 28-30 November at Fira Barcelona. For more information, visit: www.ibtmworld.com/techwatch.