With the explosion in event technology, savvy event and meeting planners realize the importance of keeping abreast of emerging technological trends and tools.
Fortunately, for event industry professionals based in London or heading to London for a visit, there are a number of technical festivals and events that can help.
FutureFest, which takes place every 18 months in London, aims to expose attendees to the shape of things to come through a series of immersive experiences, ground-breaking entertainment and inspiring speakers. The inaugural FutureFest took place in Shoreditch, East London in 2013.
A few weeks ago, from March 14 - 15, 2015, the line-up included Adrian Wooldridge, Management Editor, The EconomistIje Nwokorie, CEO, Wolff Olins and branding expert behind Skype, Mercedes Benz, and London2012, members of Microsoft Researches' Tenison Road project team, George Clinton, Musician and Founder of Parliament Funkadelic.
Immersive experiences included Blind Robot, a future machines installation that providing insight into facial recognition and blindness and Sweetshop of the Future/The Future of Confectionary by Dr. Morgaine Gaye, a food futurologist. Presentations included The Future of Transport by Transport for London, and Lagos 2060: Futures not Fiction by Ore Disu, executive director of Nsibidi Institute.
The next FutureFest will take place in September, 2016. Follow @nesta_uk on Twitter for details, mark your calendar and register early (as FutureFest always sells out).
If you missed FutureFest, there is no need to worry. You can still learn about emerging tech trends and meet up with representatives from Cvent at TechFest, which will take place in London on June 19th. 150 Event Planners and 50 Event Tech Attendees will be inspired by engaging keynotes and an opportunity to engage directly with even technology providers. Keynotes will be delivered by Miguel Neves, Senior Online Community Manager, IMEX Group, Paul Clarke, UK's Event Photographer of the Year, A panel with Sally Conventry of Reed Exhibitions, Neil Thackerly of Briefing Medial and Nick Morgan of Big Cat Media will explore Ensuring New Technology Buy-in.
During London Technology Week, over 40,000 people from more than 40 countries gather in London for a week-long celebration of technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. Last year, there were over 200 events exploring everything from gaming and wearables to technology in education, music, sport, and fashion. This year, the week of June 15th has been designated as London Technology Week.
Daily headline events showcase tech superstars and world class technology companies. It's an opportunity to engage with and learn from domestic and international technology experts.
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