Tied to the individual rather than the event, with interaction and connectivity
This badge could be used for all meeting and be programmed for each meeting. Program it like a FITBIT style bracelet that recognizes people as they walk and displays their information - easily allows for the exchange of contact info.
What will make this big idea really powerful is connecting it to an app so that you can monitor your networking activity. Being able to look at an app and know who in your network is at the same event as you. When reintroducing yourself to someone you've met in the past you'd have the ability to look at the app and know what previous events you've attended together as well as where and when you first connected.
It would also integrate with social media profiles, especially LinkedIn to see attendee's profiles and would have the ability to track CEUs. The same way that Disney Magicbands allow the user to check in, the Universal Name Badge would allow you to check in to an education session. It can also be loaded with account information that allows you access to special events that you may have paid an additional cost, such as a gala. This eliminates the need for paper tickets.
The power of this technology is really in the data it collects. Being able to access a detailed report of all the connections you made, the education you attended, and the business leads you collected and show that report to an employer who may have paid for you to attend the event. The report proves the value of the event to the employer and makes the attendee more aware of their activity.
The badge would also include each conferences branding and the branding of the sponsoring organization. As well as recognizing industry leaders/experts through the badge or people that are mentors could be something that enhances the experience for young professionals during large networking events as well. Contributed by Alisha Waid,Colleen Donohoe. Alex Plaxen, Gary Schirmacher, Carey Carey