Tools & Apps

Piccles App Draws People Together

The collaborative drawing app Piccles helps conference participants express themselves while they connect online — and can reveal to organizers and each other something new about how they think and feel.

BY Barbara Palmer February 26, 2021

3 Ways Event Professionals Are Using Clubhouse

Event professionals are joining Clubhouse, an audio-chat app, to connect with one another and new audiences.

BY Barbara Palmer February 22, 2021

What Event Tech to Watch in 2021

Convene asked technology experts and event professionals what event tech and tech companies they expect to make a splash in the business event tech space in 2021.

BY Convene Editors February 1, 2021

Experimenting With Virtual Reality

‘Co-presence’ is starting to find its way into virtual exhibition halls. Organizers of the Morningstar Investment Conference (MIC) offered a virtual reality experience for exhibitors and meeting participants at their fall digital event.

BY Barbara Palmer January 25, 2021

Getting Personal in a Digital Crowd

A group of Georgia Tech students, and the event technology company they founded, have created a platform that allows for flexible, self-selected conversations in the digital space.

BY Barbara Palmer October 21, 2020

Clean Bill of Health

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association was able to safely convene a 450-person face-to-face event using a health-screening tool for attendees.

BY Danica Tormohlen August 28, 2020

Turning an In-Person, One-Off Event to Online All the Time

The United Fresh Produce Association made its annual convention into a digital experience and ‘built a year-round convention center’ for commerce, engagement, and learning. Here’s what’s worked and what hasn’t.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst August 18, 2020

Event Companies Share Their Visions of Live Events in the COVID-19 Era

Freeman and Shepard have released videos that walk planners through a live event with safety protocols in place.

BY Curt Wagner July 15, 2020

Tech Tools to Measure and Increase Racial and Gender Diversity

Two nonprofit initiatives have strengthened their focus to fight gendered racial inequities on conference stages and elsewhere — and lead transformation.

BY Barbara Palmer July 13, 2020

Will Your Event Website Be Shamed by Google?

Google is toying with the idea of “shaming” slow-loading websites by displaying a “Usually loads slow” splash screen in place of a homepage when someone is trying to visit the site using Chrome. Here’s what you need to know — and what you should make sure you’re doing now to speed up the user experience.

BY Joe Dysart January 30, 2020

Hey Alexa, Who Won the UFI Digital Innovation Award?

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at how Freeman developed its award-winning AI-powered event chatbot service with smart tools including — of course — Alexa.

BY David McMillin May 29, 2019

A Quantum Leap with Freeman’s Quant Data Tool

At Convening Leaders, a large screen shared real-time data points with all attendees — thanks to machine learning and a few humans.

BY David McMillin February 26, 2019