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IBTM WORLD 2020: Call for live pitching at TechWatch Live

Live pitching and a new judging panel chair at IBTM World 2020 heralds in a shake-up in concepts at the Tech Watch Awards, which takes place from 1-3 December at Fira Barcelona.

The new format TechWatch will give five technology business owners the chance to take part in live pitching their products and services to a judging panel and a live audience of events professionals. The aim is to secure financial and also mentorship at the discretion of the judging panel.

Dahlia El Gazzar, founder of DAHLIA+Agency, the new chair of the judging panel said: “Now more than ever, we are being asked to be innovative. And that can’t be done without ‘innovatively’ implementing technology solutions that are essential to the intentional experience design we seek for our stakeholders.”

Gazzar and the panel of judges are seeking out events technology to inspire the industry and revolutionise events. “TechWatch Live is created to provide a stage for the tech companies that enable event professionals to deliver exceptional experiences. And with everything going on, we want to properly celebrate those tech companies that have gone above and beyond to help eventprofs in this time of need,” she added.

Entries wishing to take part in the live pitching need to demonstrate innovation, a sound concept/business model and value to the meetings and incentives industry.  All five of the finalists will receive flights and accommodation for up to two people to travel to Barcelona.

“There are myriad opportunities for event planners to integrate technology and digital into their events in order to create smarter and more engaging experiences, and we want to reflect this by making TechWatch Live a central feature of IBTM World,” David Thompson, IBTM’s event director said.

“Our new format awards will bring the best event technology companies in front of a motivated global audience of events professionals to inspire them with the latest exciting technologies that could really make a difference to their business.”

Also new for this year is the Technology Advisory Group. Members of the group include founder and CEO of EventFX, Dave Lorenzini; Anh Nguyen, founder and principal of event management firm Spark Event Management; Keith Johnston, managing partner of i3 Events and publisher of event industry blog Plannerwire; and entrepreneur, podcaster and author Jason Allan Scott.

Entries for live pitching stays open until 30 September 2020. To enter, please visit TechWatch Live