Developed by a San Diego tech team that spun off from UC San Diego, the Whova app is designed to boost networking and contact swapping at events and conferences of any size. It offers a platform that connects organizers, attendees and sponsors before, after and during an event. With Whova, eventgoers can plan who they want to meet before the event; a superior strategy to relying on randomly bumping into people. During the event, Whova provides real-time notifications on updates like room changes or reminders that cocktails are being served. Embedded in the app is an innovative business card scanning feature that not only allows you to digitalize any card with a single snap but, thanks to Whova’s algorithms, automatically finds and adds your contact’s photo during the upload. Being able to match a face with a name can come in handy when you’re swiping through those cards weeks later. In its first year on the market, Whova has been used at over 3,000 events, including some hosted by TEDx, Stanford University and Mitsubishi.

Over the years, any corporate event planner can admit to spending countless hours researching the perfect venue or vendors for their gatherings. After attending or hosting hundreds of events, New York-based Daphne Hoppenot was no stranger to this research and was frustrated by its repetitive nature. However, it was planning her wedding in 2018 that pushed her to realize the lack of resources in the corporate events market compared to the wedding industry, and set out to see if other meetings and events professionals were struggling with the same problem.  

 

Freelancing has become a new ball game since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, as many companies cannot afford to keep full-time positions, but still need those tasks completed. Although many more professionals have had to join the freelancing community since March, Tracy Judge had the passion for the freelancing community two years ago–long before the pandemic hit–and founded her company Soundings Connect in order to directly connect meetings and events industry freelancers with customers. 

 

Perhaps your attendees have hopped on those electric bikes and e-scooters that are scattered all over metropolitan areas throughout California. That’s old news, no question. Yet it’s a sure bet they’ve never been on a Vintage Electric Cruz Bike, because only 250 of them ever have been made. Mad Dogs & Englishmen Bike Shop in Carmel has a fleet of these smile generators, as well as a fleet of knowledgeable guides to lead scenic group tours.