Event-Canvas

PARTNERSHIP BRINGS ADVANCED TRAINING ON EVENT DESIGN TO MPI MEMBERS

The Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Foundation and FMAV have formed a partnership that will bring the education on the Event Canvas methodology to Canada. Through the partnership, FMAV will provide funding for education to all MPI chapters across Canada as well as scholarships for the Event Design Certificate (EDC) Program.

Developed by Ruud Janssen and Roel Frissen, the Event Canvas is a strategic management template for developing new or documenting existing events and conference models. The Canvas helps organizations align their activities by illustrating potential trade-offs of their events. Endorsed by the MPI Academy, Event Design and EDC certification is currently being adopted as a practice in leading organizations around the world.

“When FMAV approached us about this partnership, we immediately saw the potential,” comments Trevor Lui, Canada Council Chair, MPI Foundation. “This program clearly aligns with our mandate to fund education that drives the success of meeting professionals and represents the first time a Canadian organization has stepped up to this level to support our initiatives.” As part of a three-year commitment to the Event Canvas educational initiative in Canada, FMAV has been recognized with Legend contributor status by the MPI Foundation.

All seven MPI chapters – the Atlantic Canada Chapter, British Columbia Chapter, Greater Calgary Chapter, Greater Edmonton Chapter, Montreal & Quebec Chapter, Ottawa Chapter and Toronto Chapter – will have the opportunity to take advantage of the educational offering through chapter grants issued for either 90-minute taster session or a full-day workshop in the Event Canvas methodology. In addition, the MPI Foundation will award 3 scholarships annually for Canadian members to participate in the Event Design Certification program to be held in Canada starting in 2017.

“We believe strongly in approaching events with a clear sense of the objectives our clients want to achieve,” comments Bill Brown, President and CEO, FMAV. “In the Event Canvas methodology, we see an exciting opportunity for the Canadian events community to embrace a strategic approach to event design enabled by a common business language. This partnership allows us to support planners across Canada in elevating the conversation.”

Chapter education grants are currently available through the MPI Foundation for Canadian MPI Chapters starting this Fall.

 

About the MPI Foundation

The Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Foundation fuels the growth and advancement of MPI members by providing professional development and career opportunities through grants and scholarships. The not-for- profit organization also propels the meeting and event industry forward by funding important and quality research initiatives. For more information, visit www.mpiweb.org/foundation.

 

 

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Over the years NAB has strayed from being purely for radio and television broadcasters – it is now a global multi-faceted convention involving every aspect of tv, radio, film, entertainment, advertising, online video and new media. Computer companies, software companies, drone manufacturers and smartphone companies are among the many exhibitors.

The NAB Show is where the top-of-their-game digital, media, technology innovation types go to get inspired and learn about the cutting edge tech and apps that are driving their industry. In other words, it’s one of the meccas for our Solutions Specialists team.

 

Alex Huard, MediaLab Content Specialist, and Joel Reodica, Solutions Specialist, attended the NAB Show and set out to find the next “big thing” in event AV. We asked them to pick their favourite pieces of new tech!

 

Alex’s Pick

“Aside from some of the more practical event solutions I saw at NAB, there were a couple of key offerings that may seem minute but to me were most interesting and impactful. I really liked the Moverio AR goggles from Epson – I like the idea that you can have a monitor on your face.”

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Joel’s Pick

“The modular controller by Pallette Gear was one of the most exciting pieces of tech that I saw. Having modular and a totally customizable controller for any and every workflow is amazing for all tech professionals especially creative designers and creative technical people like myself in the field controlling projection mapping media servers and playback systems”

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Honourable mention

Li-Dar Scanning technology

Ever want to track your attendance and foot traffic at your trade show? A Korean R&D centre called CHIC – (center of human-centered interaction for coexistence) exhibiting at NAB demonstrated new technology in development that uses Laser “Radar”, aka LiDar technology attached to a backpack to do a real time survey of your event space or trade show.
LiDar technology is based on the same principles as Radar, but instead uses Lasers. CHIC mounts this onto a portable backpack system and allows the user to walk the trade show floor. The system collects raw 3D point-cloud data that allows you to create an actual floor plan while eliminating moving people during trade show hours.

The potential of this technology can lead to the ability to track actual foot traffic of attendees at a concert, trade show or any event allowing stakeholders to measure and track the effectiveness of their booths or marketing activations. Not to mention will help event planner better plan for optimal flow and booth placement.

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[vc_row row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” oblique_section=”no” text_align=”left” Overflow=”” triangle_shape=”no” css_animation=”” overflow=””][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”3765″ img_size=”full” mkd_css_animation=”” set_shader=”no” set_popup=”no” animate_image_on_hover=”no”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” oblique_section=”no” text_align=”left” Overflow=”” triangle_shape=”no” css_animation=”” overflow=””][vc_column][vc_column_text]Ours is an industry of constant change and evolution. As new technologies and practices emerge the need for continued education becomes more important. So every year members of the Toronto meetings and event community gather together at the MPI Toronto Chapter’s TEC (Toronto Education Conference) event, the associations annual education conference, to come together and learn from each other, experience new and emerging technologies, and gather credits towards their industry designations. The three-day event includes keynote presentations focused on giving attendees a big picture view of the industry, networking sessions to meet new peers and reconnect with familiar faces and most importantly breakout sessions where accredited presentations keep attendees up to date with the newest tools, technologies and practices of the events industry.

This past May, more than 100 industry professionals gathered in Niagara Falls to attend the TEC and were treated to a level of staging the event had never experienced before. To accomplish this, a team of Account Mangers, Solutions Specialists, National Directors, and Technicians from FMAV gathered together to not only design a AV plan that could meet the varied requirements of the presenters and showcase some of the newest and most popular staging technologies, but also to design and present two accredited breakout sessions.

Our consultation process began with conversations with the MPITO organizing committee, a group of dedicated volunteers who had been working for almost a year to create the event’s theme, select its speakers, and design its objectives – plus the hundreds of other logistical pieces that go into planning such an event . Before any technical solutions could be proposed, the FMAV team sought to have a complete understanding of all of these elements to ensure the technical production truly reflected the conference. These conversations confirmed the event’s key objective (educate membership on basic AV and Event Technologies) and how FMAV would help achieve it.

The FMAV team then set about designing two breakout sessions for the conference, one that would serve as an introduction to AV technology and how to understand the proposals a planner might receive. The second session was designed to help planners understand new technologies and when they should be adopted. To ensure that the presentations resonated with as many learning styles as possible, both sessions would be led by members of the FMAV team in the traditional lecture style, while giving participants an opportunity for a hands-on experience with the presented technologies.

“AV 101: Hands-on AV” was the session designed to help planners and other industry attendees better understand the equipment used at their events and was hosted by Dan Wilson (Account Manager), Vincenzo DeCicco (Visuals Technician), and Markie Schofield (Lighting Technician). Participants broke into two groups where each set up a slightly different configuration of the equipment used in a standard breakout room. By giving the session participants an opportunity to use the equipment while covering topics such as aspect ratio, throw distances, equalizing a room, and speaker placement we were able to demonstrate and foster a better understanding of these topics than by simply showing them on a screen. Participants left the session with a greater understanding of core technologies and how to properly evaluate them when presented as part of an overall proposal submission.

The second session, “AV 201: When to adopt new technologies” was hosted by Alissa Hurley (National Director, Client Solutions and Emergent Technologies) was designed to help planners learn about cutting-edge technologies and when to deploy them. To accomplish this, Alissa presented attendees a version of the maturity curve focused on emerging trends in the AV industry such as LED Displays, Projection Mapping Augmented Reality, Drones, Virtual Reality, and a number of new Apps designed to help engage audiences. This session took place in the conference’s plenary where many of the technologies being presented were also being utilized as part of the stage design. Attendees were able to experience the advantages of LCD displays, see how projection mapping works, and experiment with Crowd Mics, a newly deployed audience engagement app. Attendees left the session with solid insights into the future of event technologies and, more importantly, how and when to incorporate them into their event plans.

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For FMAV, this was a rare and special opportunity, for which we were very grateful. It provided the forum to engage with industry leaders and to learn about their unique requirements and how we can best help them to serve them and to be a true partner in their education. This meant that TEC 2016 provided us an opportunity to demonstrate each dimension of our value proposition: An absolute understand of event goals and requirements; AV and Staging Delivery Expertise; and Flawless execution.

To learn more about how FMAV can help you and your team learn about AV basics or when to consider new technologies, why not get in touch through FMAV.ca – or call your local branch.

“We can’t thank FMAV enough for their partnership and commitment to this year’s MPI Toronto Education Conference.  From the time they swooped in to our rescue they brought along innovative ideas and all the cool stuff that was exactly what was needed to make the TEC a success.  Their understanding and incorporation into all the elements of the theme Defying Gravity along with their professionalism and eagerness to partner with MPI and our team was impressive and appreciated.” 

Kristi Contini, CMP | Meetings and Events Manager
Grant Thornton LLP

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By Sarah Ashenhurst and Dan Wilson

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Spring is in the air, April showers have brought May flowers, and people are embracing the option of an outdoor event.  With outdoor events come some additional considerations. Weather being the primary concern: It’s unpredictable. The sun can be a blessing and a curse, and sometimes there are things you just can’t control, but with a few extra precautions and safety nets your outdoor event can be a truly rewarding experience for both you and your attendees.

Here are 7 things to consider to ensure your outdoor event is a success and that your audio visual is on point.

  1. Conducting your site inspection at the same time of year as your event
    Outdoor spaces change with the seasons, obvious things like trees coming into bloom or natural snow drifts can shape the way your audience engages with a space. Also, the condition of the ground and surrounding elements can change drastically from month to month. Soft ground in the Spring can mean your stage may sit on an unstable foundation, and frozen patches in the winter can create hazards for your audience. Want to be ahead of the curve? Consider using a UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) and take to the skies! These remote-controlled drones are equipped with a camera and can help capture the true 3D detailed layout, and the look and feel of the space to better help the planning process. Contact FMAV to learn more
  1. Have a traffic plan
    Your site is going to see a lot of traffic before, during, and after the event. Think about the routes people and vehicles will take to get in, out, and around your event. When planning your load-in, assign a dedicated path for all vehicles to limit the damage to the grounds and keep these routes away from pedestrian routes. Dedicated parking spots ensure that all crew have easy access to the site and that the grounds remain easy to navigate. Create and share maps of these routes with all of your partners in advance so they can plan deliveries accordingly.
  1. Be aware of the elements
    Weather can play a much bigger factor in your event than just providing the sun or making it rain. Even on what most consider the best of days, with the sun shining and a warm breeze, your event is still at the mercy of Mother Nature. Gusting wind can muffle a presenter’s speech and bright sunshine could compromise video projections (rest assured that FMAV has solutions to safeguard against this). Of course, the weather doesn’t just affect the event itself. Poor weather during load-in can put your setup schedule behind and create challenges for your suppliers and partners, so be sure to budget in some extra time. Having a “bad weather plan” for your event, and sharing it with your audience in advance can help contribute to a successful event. Use an App like Suntracker and weather alerts App to keep you ahead of unfavorable conditions.
  1. Ambient noise (wind, traffic, etc.)
    The weather isn’t the only part of being outdoors that can overpower your event. “Ambient noises caused from nearby traffic can make it incredibly difficult for your audience to hear anything that your presenters / performers are saying,” says Andrew Sykes, Account Manager, FMAV Halifax. Andrew’s team manages outdoor events year-round including New Year’s Eve Celebrations and suggests that when designing your site be sure to consider where other disruptions might come from and where large groups of people might gather as these areas will need sound reinforcement. Some of the most common areas and features that create ambient noise on site are:
  • Parking lots
  • Main entrance gates
  • Food service areas
  • Stage power areas
  • Backstage areas
  • Washrooms
  • Nearby roads and highways
  • Large bodies of water (waves are surprisingly loud)
  1. Power
    It’s easy to underestimate the power requirements of an outdoor event. Things like stages, sound systems, video, lighting, and even food vendors are big power draws. Attendee amenities like mobile charging stations are a great way to provide that extra level of service for your guests and provide an effective hub for meeting up – and centralize power outlets. Engaging your audio visual and power supply partners early in the event design process ensures that these infrastructure elements can be tailored to your event goals and requirements. They’ll have the answers when it comes to municipal by-laws and safety code requirements.
  1. LED vs Projection
    Not only are LEDs sustainable pieces of technology, they can be very powerful. If you are putting on a daytime event, an LED video wall is ideal.  As projection can be washed out by ambient light, LED video panels are a whole new story. They are bright enough to cut through the sunlight while showing sharp content. LED video walls come in a number of different resolutions, so think about the application you are using it for before making your final selection. The higher the resolution you need (e.g. for video playback) the smaller the size of LED you will need. So for a video you would want a 5mm LED but for large text displays like a scoreboard you can use a 7mm display.
  1. Communicate!
    We all know communication is key. When timing is everything, you want to be connected with your event team and all of your supplier teams. Walkie-talkies or walkie-talkie apps (if your site has reliable data) can be a godsend. Whether it’s to send a cue in your program or to advise of any delays.

If you would like to discuss or learn more about how FMAV can help with your outdoor events please contact us or complete the following form and we’ll get in touch with you.

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It takes just 17 minutes to get from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts to another hotbed of Montreal’s renowned creativity and innovation. Just beyond the downtown core on Rue Dandurand is FMAV’s Montreal operations.

With more than 30,000 square feet of audiovisual warehouse space, and a newly-installed sign with the slick new logo emblazoned across, FMAV Montreal is hard to miss.

Like every office across the country, FMAV Montreal has been enjoying a rejuvenation in recent months. The entire company relaunched in December 2015 as FMAV (formerly FrischkornMEDIACO) and true to the city’s creative spirit, the Montreal team took the new brand and ran with it, inspiring a new direction for the branch’s interior design and architecture.

“It’s clean and chic – we’re so proud of the office now,’ says Marie-Josée Boilard, Vice President Eastern Region. “Our talented technician and creative teams worked together in bringing our brand to life within these walls to create a beautiful space that is both welcoming to clients and inspiring for the team.”

The clean and modern office spaces feels fluid and is dotted with LED displays, which can be used for presentations, video conferencing, and client welcome messages.

“The warehouse expansion effectively doubled the size of our facility,“ explains Jean-Francois Benson, Operations Manager. “Along with the extra capacity, we’re building a better-than-ever inventory of new technologies and an enhanced service offering.”

The jewel in the crown of the Montreal office is the impressively versatile space, dubbed Studio2854 (what’s in a name? The room dimensions are 28’ x 54’). The vast room is the ideal space to host clients to demonstrate creative staging concepts, pre-visualizations, or work sessions. For the internal team, the serene room has become a fast favourite for team meetings and socials, again, speaking to Studio2854’s infinite versatility.

 

The Brand Awakens with an Emergent Team

But it’s within these chicly designed walls where the beating heart of the Montreal branch lies: The Team. A client said it best: “I can get the gear from anywhere, but I can only get the best people from FMAV.”

Along with significant investment in the facility and event technology equipment, FMAV is focused on enhancing its team of technical event professionals and has already attracted some of Montreal’s top talent. Lead by Marie-Josée Boilard, some of the industry’s brightest stars are finding a new home at FMAV, including

“The new FMAV is more than just a new logo,” remarks Boilard. “In Montreal, and across the country, we are renewing our focus on the needs of the planner and providing the best thinking, talent and technology to create powerful connections at their meetings and live events.”

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For FMAV, Global Meetings Industry Day (April 14) was so much more than a customer appreciation day. It was a day to celebrate the professionals who connect people in powerful ways through the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and stories to drive positive change.

Evolving from the a regional Edmonton-based initiative to become a worldwide industry program, the first-ever Global Meetings Industry Day was another opportunity for FMAV to show our pride in being part of Canada’s Meetings Industry, providing the audiovisual and event technologies that help meetings and event professionals achieve their goals and create a connection.

As part of our involvement in GMID, FMAV sponsored a number of MPI-led celebrations across the country, with representation at every chapter event. We even produced our very own music video:

And beyond Canada, the world came together to showcase the real impact that business meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions have on people, business and local economies. Here are a few of the highlights, as reported from the GMID website:

  • Over 100 events were held in over 30 countries, across 5 continents
  • Between April 11th and 18th, the #GMID16 hashtag had over 37 million impressions and was used in almost 7,000 tweets
  • Other top hashtags associated with GMID included #eventprofs, #mmbusiness and #mpi
  • Over 1,000 Facebook users talked about GMID
  • Government leaders from all over the world signed proclamations declaring April 14th as Global Meetings Industry Day, including our very own, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

 

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With the ticking over of a new year comes a swell of motivated, admirable individuals declaring their resolve to change something for the better: live healthier, achieve some great feat, break new ground. It would seem that the arena of Event Technology has made its annual declaration to change the live events and meetings space once again because the rate of change is showing no signs of letting up. In 2016, event technology is pushing new boundaries to help planners, presenters and participants achieve their goals and create new and exciting connections at meetings and live events. Virtual Reality is one such technology – and we’re very excited at the opportunities it presents!

Virtual Reality Is a Reality

When Facebook purchased Oculus Rift nearly two years ago, it sent a clear message: “Immersive experiences are the way of the future.” Since then, major industry players have made significant investments in the technology, including Samsung, Google, Microsoft and GoPro.

As an immersive and engaging event experience, there are a number of opportunities to incorporate these cutting edge solutions into association conferences, meetings and events in exciting ways, including:

  • Show and Tell 2.0: Virtual Reality devices/headsets can demonstrate products, locations and experiences in a near…well, in a virtually…realistic way. Transport your delegates to the top of Mount Everest or behind the wheel of a Formula One racecar. Or enhance presentations with an immersive POV of a detailed demonstration. Location and physical presence are no longer barriers to experience. The phrase, “I guess you had to be there.” no longer applies!
  • Treat exhibit booth visitors to rare experiences, product demonstrations and interactive games.
  • Tired of flipping through venue brochures and squinting over small photos? Pop on a VR headset and enjoy a fully-immersive, 3D guided tour of any facility anywhere in the world!
  • For presenters, VR offers something unique: to present to themselves! Presenters can experience the presentation from the perspective of an audience member, redefining the rehearsal experience.
  • Put down that webcast and put on a VR headset. VR enables remote attendees to experience the live event as if they’re in the room – or for that matter, anywhere in the world!

Technology is our friend and year after year, it has shown us new ways to connect, engage and educate in ways we didn’t consider even a year ago. Yet, despite these annual advancements, a live connection through a face-to-face event is always the ideal – from enhanced intimate engagement to compelling first-hand presentation and reduced distractions, it’s hard to beat that live connection.

FMAV had the privilege of creating a connection with many attendees at CSAE’s annual Tête-à-Tête show in Ottawa, Ontario where we demonstrated Virtual Reality as an exciting tool for conference planners. If you have a Google Cardboard, use your smartphone to check out our demo reel of VR videos.

If you would like to discuss how to incorporate Virtual Reality into your next event, please contact us or complete the following form and we’ll get in touch with you.

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Navigating the (over) stimulating world of digital display

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Video technology can be intimidating these days and with so many options and possibilities, it’s hard to know which technology is right for your event.  When digital content is your main outlet to communicate your message to your audience, choosing the right technology is an important decision. The best part: there are so many high-quality display solutions that can help you reach your event goals.

There are many factors to consider when deciding on how your content should be displayed.  As always, we always recommend that the technology solution link back to your meeting/event goals. What is the message we are trying to communicate? What type of connection are we trying to make?

Here are 5 things to keep in mind when choosing the best video solution for your next meeting/ live event.

1. Screen content

For almost every event, “content is king”.  Your content will dictate how it should be viewed and how your message should be delivered.  Content is your main driver and is what will ultimately determine if your audience will connect with your message or not. Think about who is in the room and refer back to your all important event goals. Consider the person sitting at the very end of the room who’s coming to the event to be educated. Will detailed diagrams or quantitative financial data displayed on the screens support his or her education? Your video solution needs to connect that individual with the on-screen presentation for his or her meeting/live event experience to be worthwhile.

2. Audience size

projection mapping technologyWhen considering how to display your content, consider your audience size and demographic. Is this a small, intimate social or a large lecture-style presentation? For a small intimate setting monitors will help to create an interactive atmosphere (hello, touch screens!).  When putting on a large scale event with hundreds of attendees you may consider widescreen projection or an LED video wall. This would depend on your venue but we’ll get to that.

3. Room/event space attributes – screen location, power distribution, ceiling height, seating arrangements

It’s always important to think of your room size and and layout when deciding on your digital content display. The room could be the perfect size and shape for your event, but there’s a pesky pillar right in the centre, that’s going to interfere with your projection. Never fear! A rear projection solution will solve that problem. But wait! Now you’ve got to move your screen to allow for the rear projection throw distance (the space between the projector and the screen) and your gala seating layout is compromised. Then perhaps you should consider an LED wall, which will give you the space, flexibility and vibrancy you require.

4. Ambient light

Light, lumens, and windows. These are all things that can make or break your decision on projection and push you towards the wonderful world of LED. Many convention centres have beautiful, windowed walls and ceilings allowing lovely vitamin D and ambient light to flood the room. With all that light, projection is nearly impossible and that’s where a 4mm LED video wall might be just what you’re looking for.

5. The emotional dimension

Ask yourself: How do you want the audience to feel?  This will heavily influence your event goals and objectives and will be determine how to measure the success of your event. Will your audience leave feeling connected to your highly immersive content? Or educated from the informative (and interesting) seminar/lecture?  One of our favourite ways of creating an immersive atmosphere is through projection mapping technology. Projection or Pixel mapping can take your dynamic video content or still imagery and project them onto venue elements or custom set pieces (anything really) to create a truly captivating experience. Check out this Case Study to see how SAS used projection mapping technology at their kick-off.

If you would like to discuss or learn more about content and video display options, please contact us or complete the following form and we’ll get in touch with you.

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audio visual technologies to enhance audience engagement

They say communication is a two-way street – and although the specific objectives of an event are as varied as the events themselves, the foundational element of events is to communicate – to make a connection.

Event organizers and production professionals are increasingly incorporating the latest audio visual technologies into their meetings, events, and conferences to bolster engagement and enhance the communication. Not only can these technologies streamline processes and increase efficiency, but also more importantly, they create a personalized, engaging and emotional experience for attendees. An attendee who is engaged is more likely to remember, reflect upon and act on the received communication after the event. In other words, an engaged attendee is one with whom you’ve made that all-important connection.

To take attendee experiences to the next level, here are five audiovisual technologies to dial up your audience engagement:

1. Projection Mapping in 3D

Transform your ho-hum event space into a dynamic, vibrant environment with some projection wizardry. Traditionally, projection mapping has been restricted to flat surfaces and remain an impressive technique to create digital décor and vibrant images around a room, but today, the craft has evolved to integrating architectural elements, set pieces and other structures. Potentially any surface can be a dynamic video display – and the spectacular effect compels and inspires audiences without question.

2. Second Screen Event Technologies

When it comes to distracted or disengaged event attendees, the main culprit is the gremlin in their pocket or purse: smartphones. By creatively integrating attendee smartphones through custom apps or by extending presentation content to smartphone displays, these ‘second screens’ hold many opportunities to ensure event attendees are intimately and personally involved with the event program. A hub of interactivity, these event apps can be tailored to support Q&A sessions, networking activities, live polling – anything to make it easier to connect with attendees and colleagues. What’s more, a strategically deployed event app can ease the burden for event organizers by pushing all relevant event info to attendees like agendas, speaker info, presentations and branded sponsor messages.

3. Multi-Gesture Technology

Gesture technology works by using body movements, rather than a keyboard, remote control or other device to control a presentation. As such, speakers can navigate through presentations with basic gestures like waving their hand or raising their arm. This kinetic and physical aspect enhances the connection between the speaker and the content. This subtle, yet impactful change from traditional presentation delivery keeps transitions seamless and smooth – and holds the attention of the audience in powerful ways. Gesture-based technology is an ideal solution when speakers need to communicate a lot of information in a short amount of time: it’s visual, it’s kinetic, it’s fluid – and most importantly, it supports a heightened level of engagement from the audience.

4. Throwable Microphones

What if your event requires some audience interaction? You could interrupt the flow of the presentation and awkwardly navigate rows and rows of chairs to get the stage mic to that person at the back. Meanwhile, you’re losing the attention of your attendees while the stage mic is passed around for each audience member that has a question or comment. This cumbersome process is slow and boring for everyone. Or you could use a CatchBox – the world’s first throwable microphone. When someone in the audience has a question, simply throw them the soft-sided cube and they speak into it. A specialized wireless microphone is housed inside that transmits through the audio system. Toss it back on stage or over to the next audience member and keep the discussion flowing and the engagement up.

5. Holographic Presentations

Of all these recommendations, when it comes to holographic presentations you’ve got to see it to believe it. Holograms are a novel combination of a number of new and existing technologies, which allow content creators to unite live, animated and holographic content to deliver an incredible visual treat with real-world 3D effects. The result is a seductive and immersive experience that can be delivered to small or large audiences.  What was once known as a Victorian-era illusion (look up Pepper’s Ghost effect) has evolved into a super-charged and sophisticated digital innovation. When enhanced with staging, lighting and sound, this ‘rebooted’ technology will catapult the most basic PowerPoint into a powerful and compelling presentation.

If you would like to discuss or learn more about any of these audiovisual technologies, please contact us or complete our contact form and we’ll get in touch with you.

[vc_section][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_single_image media_width_percent=”100″][/vc_column][/vc_row][/vc_section][vc_row row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” oblique_section=”no” text_align=”left” overflow=”” triangle_shape=”no” css_animation=””][vc_column][vc_column_text]What happens when your supplier becomes your partner? What are the benefits in taking the relationship to the next level? From the outset there are a lot of gains that come from the relationship upgrade. Partners have a stake in the project, so when your supplier becomes your partner they have a more significant interest in the success of your event. Suddenly your goals are your partner’s goals and their drive becomes less about the supplier in search of a pay day and more about the partner in search of securing your success and growing new opportunities for collaboration.

Your partner is along for the journey, they want to sit with you at the table and be involved in every step of the process.  As your partner we are going to sweat the details, we are going to think about the things that keep you up at night, and we are going to bring you solutions as opposed to problems. Partnership forms a sense of camaraderie, the notion that we are in it with you and can be relied upon to have your back. As your audio visual production partner, we can help to mitigate your stress, and help you to sleep at night (soundly and confidently, knowing your partner has got you covered).

There is plenty in it for us too!  Being your partner puts us at the table earlier in the planning stages and allows us to flex our creative muscle, designing solutions to help you build and deliver a memorable event that connects to your audience in a meaningful way. At FMAV we strongly believe that there is so much more to successful audio visual production than lots of equipment and road cases. Success is born out of the attention to detail, the flawless execution and the understanding of an event’s objectives that allows us to put all the pieces together to build an event that makes a connection. We want to stand alongside you as partners, working together to build amazing events.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]