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Event Tech Podcast is the premiere place for event profs to stay in the know about the latest and most innovative tech. Join us for a thought-provoking journey on how tech can evolve our industry.

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Event Tech Podcast is the premiere place for event profs to stay in the know about the latest and most innovative tech. Join us for a thought-provoking journey on how tech can evolve our industry.

    Sora: AI Video Generation... for Events?

    Sora: AI Video Generation... for Events?

    In this episode of the Event Tech Podcast, Brandt Krueger and Will Curran dive into the latest advancements in AI, specifically focusing on OpenAI's newly announced text-to-video engine, Sora. They explore its potential impacts on the events industry, the challenges and ethical considerations of AI-generated content, and the exciting future possibilities this technology could unlock. From transforming stock footage creation to enhancing projection mapping, Brandt and Will discuss how Sora could revolutionize event production.
    Discussions Include:
    Introduction to OpenAI's Sora and its capabilities.Comparisons between Sora and previous AI developments like ChatGPT and Gemini 1.5.Early impressions and examples of Sora-generated videos.Potential applications of AI video generation in the events industry.Ethical concerns and legal implications of AI-generated content.Future possibilities for AI in video editing and event production.Personal experiences and insights into current AI tools being used in events.Quotable Quotes (should you choose to share):
    "The genie is out of the bottle ... There is no putting it back in." - Brandt Krueger"Imagine creating video moments of CAD designs with a fly-in drone shot. The creative possibilities are endless." - Will Curran"It's about banning the behavior, not the technology." - Brandt KruegerAnd for the record, we were using colons in our episode titles and words like "delve" long before AI.

    • 33 min
    The Apple Vision Pro - Overhyped or the Computer of the Future?

    The Apple Vision Pro - Overhyped or the Computer of the Future?

    In this episode of the Event Tech Podcast, hosts Brandt Krueger and Will Curran dive into the highly-anticipated Apple Vision Pro. With reviews pouring in, they discuss the pros and cons of this new spatial computing device, its hefty price tag, and its potential impact on both personal and professional environments. Spoiler alert, neither of them has purchased the device themselves, so they analyze feedback from early users and tech reviewers, debating whether the Vision Pro is worth the investment or just another flashy gadget. Tune in to hear their insights and predictions on the future of augmented reality in the events industry and beyond!
    Discussions Include:
    Introduction to Vision Pro: Brandt and Will's first impressions and initial thoughts.Price and Accessibility: The high cost of the Vision Pro and additional accessories.User Reviews: Contrasting feedback from influencers and everyday users.Positives: Transformative potential for personal and professional use, such as workspace customization and immersive media experiences.Negatives: Issues with field of view, comfort, and the effectiveness of the pass-through feature.Future Potential: Speculations on how Apple might improve the device and its applications for events and social interactions.Social Implications: The awkwardness of wearing bulky headsets in public and the societal adjustments needed for widespread adoption.Quotable Quotes (Should you choose to share):
    Brandt Krueger: "It's really, really expensive ... You're looking at forty-five hundred at least by the time you get rolling, if not a heck of a lot more."Will Curran: "I've seen a lot of positive things about putting windows all around ... being able to take a blank room and turn it into a workspace is really exciting."Brandt Krueger: "Is it worth it? And for me, as of right now, **SPOILERS***, based on what I've seen."Will Curran: "I think Apple has the ability to universally create the standard for avatars... Imagine an avatar store, just like the app store, where people could sell avatars into your platform."Brandt Krueger: "It feels like we're just skirting around the edges of all of this... we all really want, just actual transparent lenses, Tony Stark style."Tune in for a deep dive into the pros, cons, and future possibilities of Apple's Vision Pro, and find out if this new tech is truly groundbreaking or just another high-priced novelty.

    • 37 min
    Event Tech Live - A No BS Guide to Generative AI and How It Can Truly Help Event Planners

    Event Tech Live - A No BS Guide to Generative AI and How It Can Truly Help Event Planners

    In this session from ETL Vegas 2024, industry experts Will and Brandt dive deep into the practical applications of generative AI for event planners. They debunk common myths and provide actionable insights on leveraging AI tools to enhance creativity, efficiency, and productivity in event planning. From overcoming the blank page syndrome to generating impressive stage designs in minutes, this episode is packed with real-world examples and strategies to help event professionals stay ahead in a competitive landscape.
    Discussions Include
    The importance of learning AI to stay competitive in the industry.How to use AI tools like ChatGPT, MidJourney, and Adobe Firefly for various event planning tasks.Overcoming creative blocks and speeding up proposal and content creation.Real-world examples of AI-generated stage designs and artwork adjustments.The future of AI in events: chatbots, automated summaries, and more.Quotable Quotes Should You Choose to Share:
    "It's not that AI is going to take your job, but people who know how to use AI are going to take your job.""Generative AI can help you overcome the blank page syndrome and get your creative juices flowing.""Imagine feeding all your event information into a chatbot that can answer attendee questions in real time.""We used AI to expand a 16x9 image seamlessly into a panoramic view, and the client didn't even notice the difference.Thanks, and be sure to connect with us on LinkedIn and give us feedback!

    • 46 min
    Evolving Landscapes: A Shift in Virtual and Hybrid Events

    Evolving Landscapes: A Shift in Virtual and Hybrid Events

    In this episode of the Event Tech Podcast, hosts Will Curran and Brandt Krueger embark on an insightful journey through the evolving landscape of virtual and hybrid events. They delve into the shifts in event technology trends post-pandemic, the nuances of audience engagement, and the future potential of virtual and hybrid event formats. The conversation touches on the reevaluation of event strategies, the role of AI in content saturation, and the speculative impact of upcoming tech like Apple's VR headset on the industry.
    Discussions Include:
    The decline of "virtual event software" and the rise of "webinar platforms".The enduring value and challenges of executing successful hybrid events.The influence of remote work on event attendance and format preferences.The impact of AI on content creation and consumption within the event space.Speculations on the future role of AR and VR technologies in enhancing event experiences.Quotable Quotes Should You Choose to Share:
    Will Curran: "We're seeing a decline in hybrid, which is really interesting. It's like the event world is retracting back from the virtual edge."Brandt Krueger: "Hybrid events have the power to combine the best of both worlds, but the real challenge lies in executing them correctly."Will Curran: "The future of event tech might not lie in massive shifts but in how we incrementally improve the virtual and in-person experiences."Brandt Krueger: "Even as technology evolves, the core of event planning remains about connecting people and sharing knowledge."

    • 51 min
    Tech and Tragedy- Navigating Production Safety

    Tech and Tragedy- Navigating Production Safety

    In this episode of the Event Tech Podcast, hosts Will Curran and Brandt Krueger engage in a candid discussion about the importance of safety in event production, spurred by the tragic incident of a CEO's death at a company event. They dive into the specifics of event rigging, the necessity of professional and experienced staffing, and share personal anecdotes highlighting the critical need for safety planning and execution. The conversation also touches on the broader aspects of event safety, including emergency preparedness and the importance of having safety equipment like first aid kits and defibrillators on hand.
    Discussions Include:
    Safety is not just a responsibility but a crucial aspect of event planning, emphasized by this tragic incidentThe discussion of rigging safety serves as a stark reminder of the potential dangers in event production and the importance of using professional servicesBrandt and Will advocate for comprehensive safety measures, including the presence of first aid kits and defibrillators, underscoring the collective responsibility for event safetyQuotable quotes (should you choose to share):
    "Just about the worst possible thing you can think of that could happen at an event." - Brandt, discussing the impact of having a death at one of your events.
    "Safety is about planning ahead, being prepared, and thinking through everything that could happen." - Will, highlighting the importance of proactive safety measures in event planning.
    "The safety of everyone is everyone's job." - Will, emphasizing the collective responsibility for maintaining safety at events.

    • 30 min
    The Future of Hybrid... Trade Shows?

    The Future of Hybrid... Trade Shows?

    This episode of the Event Tech Podcast features an insightful discussion on the integration of technology in trade shows, particularly focusing on the role of e-commerce in enhancing trade show experiences. The guests, Vinit Patil, CEO and Co-Founder of Ribbon, a hybrid trade show platform, and Jesse James, the co-founder of ShoppeObject and VP of International Market Centers, share their experiences and perspectives on how technology is transforming the trade show landscape.
    Key Topics:
    Integration of E-Commerce in Trade Shows: Exploration of how Ribbon, a hybrid trade show platform, integrates e-commerce into the trade show experience, making it omnichannel and more accessible for both vendors and attendees.User Experience and Aesthetics in Technology: Discussion on the importance of user experience and aesthetics in technology implementation, especially in curating trade show experiences.Challenges and Opportunities in Technology Adoption: Insights into the varying levels of comfort and challenges faced by exhibitors in adopting new technology, and how mandatory participation in digital platforms can be beneficial.The Future of Trade Show Technology: Predictions about future advancements in trade show technology, including potential integrations and new features that could enhance user experience.Role of Curated Content and Discovery: Emphasis on the importance of curated content and the opportunity for discovery in trade shows, highlighting the significance of storytelling and editorial elements in digital platforms.Find out more at meetribbon.com, and especially because Brandt couldn't seem to get it right in the episode, that's shoppeobject.comS...H...O...P...P...E... dot com :)

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

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9 Ratings

Event_Strategies ,

Great podcast for event professionals!

I love analogies they use. Intelligent discussions.

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Great Way to Stay Informed

Love learning about the technology available for the events industry. Interesting guests. Tailored to meeting planners.

Johnpyt ,

A Must Listen

As Cofounder of an Event Technology company I’m constantly looking for ways to keep up on industry news and trends. The Event Tech Podcast is one of my favorite resources to do that. Highly recommended.

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