The industry looks to the ibtm world Technology and Innovation Watch Award each year for tools that will shape the future of meetings and events.
This year, the popular ibtm world award attracted 60 entrants, the highest number to date, with first-time applications from Hong Kong, India, Tanzania, Turkey, Finland, Norway and Romania. The 10 finalists—Aloompa, EventCollab, EventGeek, Fly Another Day, Grip, Groupize, GruupMeet, Meeting Evolution, Shoflo and Visionteractive—were announced October 10 by a panel of some of the most esteemed leaders in meeting technology. These products will be featured in the Innovation Zone on the show floor.
Submissions are judged on innovation, completeness of concept and the value of the product to the meetings industry. Last year’s winner was InitLive, a cloud-based system that includes a web service and free mobile device app for planning and building schedules for multi-day and multi-venue events.
ibtm world, formerly known as EIBTM, takes place November 29 to December 1 in Barcelona. The final World Technology and Innovation Watch Award winner will be announced on November 30.