Stefan Branco joins the Equinox Group

Stefan Branco joins the Equinox Group from major creative agency

Global experiential and exhibitions company, the Equinox Group, has announced that Stefan Branco has been appointed to the newly created role of director of special projects with immediate effect. Branco joins Equinox from his role as head of production at major London creative agency.

Branco will head up the group’s first London office as the business accelerates its growth plans and builds upon unprecedented success in 2023. In overseas markets the group witnessed over 500% growth in the US events market since 2017.

Equinox Group managing director, Dan Criscione, welcomed Branco. He said: “The group is driving forward towards its goal of being a global leader in delivering immersive and experiential marketing. Building on our in-house production facilities, which have more than 40 years of operating experience, we are creating a one-stop, end-to-end delivery partner for all our clients. To do this, we needed someone with extensive agency experience but with essential, hands-on production experience, and Stefan is that person.”

Branco arrives with more than 27 years of experience working for renowned agencies such as M-is and MICE, delivering in the defence, aerospace and technology markets, a particular strength of the Equinox Group. Branco’s role will include key client development, operational strategy and process, and supporting the group’s continued expansion plans.

Branco commented: “I am thrilled to join the Equinox team in what promises to be an exciting time of growth, change and innovation for the industry. One of the things I most admired about the Equinox Group is its exceptional reputation, driven by a truly passionate team.

“On my initial visit to Equinox HQ, I was genuinely taken aback at the scale of the operation! Having worked in the events industry my entire career, it’s hard to say there is another company like it in the UK. It’s a thoroughbred creative partner with insane in-house ability to build and deliver the most ambitious events,” added Branco.

Criscione concluded: “Equinox experienced record growth in 2023, quite a recovery following the global pandemic. This has allowed us to seek out talented people critical to our future success; we have known Stefan for over a decade and have always admired his ability to handle large, complex, permanent and temporary experiential events. He sits perfectly amongst Equinox’s senior management team and strengthens Equinox’s first expansion into the nation’s capital.”

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Helen Moon - EventWell

EventWell to launch new service at International Confex

The charitable social enterprise, EventWell, has announced it will be expanding its support services with the launch of the EventWell® Buddy service at International Confex 2024, at ExCeL London on February 28-29, 2024.

Helen Moon, founder and chief executive of EventWell, explained, “It is currently estimated that 15 - 20% of the population are neurodivergent, with approximately 8 out of 10 of those individuals choosing not to attend events due to anxiety, uncertainty around accommodations, communication challenges and more.

We created the EventWell® Buddy service to help reduce potential barriers for neurodivergent attendees by having trained professionals on-site to provide information, comfort and a friendly face to those needing extra support at events.”

EventWell® Buddy Meeting Points provide a designated space at exhibition and conference entrances, Quiet Room or other key locations where attendees can seek assistance from EventWell representatives. The service aims to provide support during events through:

Orientation

Attendees can find information about event locations, including toilets, layout, registration, quiet rooms, and more at designated EventWell® Buddy Meeting Points.

Information

EventWell Buddy provides attendees with a dedicated space to access information on schedules, session details, and changes during the event.

Support

During events and conferences, the EventWell representatives are available to provide support and assist attendees with any questions, concerns, or challenges they may face.

For International Confex 2024, the EventWell® Buddy Meeting Point will be located at the Confex Resilience Hub, at N5 Lower Organisers office, stand J8C and can be identified via Hidden Disabilities Sunflower 'Can I Help You?' staff badges.

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Exhibit 3Sixty announced as lifting contractor for Hillhead 2024

Exhibit 3Sixty has been chosen as the logistics contractor for Hillhead 2024, at Hillhead Quarry, Buxton, June 25-27, 2024.

Hillhead is the UK’s largest quarrying, construction and recycling exhibition, with over 60,000m² of saleable space and a total site area of approximately 175,000 m². In 2022, the show celebrated its 40th year and welcomed around 600 exhibitors and 18,500 visitors. This year Hillhead will display thousands of indoor and outdoor exhibits, including live plant and equipment demonstrations from the quarrying, construction and recycling industries.

Exhibit 3Sixty Logistics' director, Matthew Williams and logistics manager, Stephen Stewart, are both veterans of Hillhead, first providing logistics to the show in 1990. This year, they will return to the exhibition as Exhibit 3Sixty Logistics for the first time, calling on decades of experience and knowledge.

Harvey Sugden, event manager, The QMJ Group Ltd, commented, "We have worked with Matthew and Stephen at Hillhead for many years, and we are delighted to welcome them back, as they bring valuable skills, experience and expertise to this landmark event.”

Exhibit 3Sixty will be storing and transporting exhibitors’ equipment to their stands around the site to keep roads clear of traffic and to account for the limited access to and from the quarry. Requiring a multi-skilled team of 10 people for the 8 days of build-up and 4 days of breakdown, Exhibit 3Sixty will be deploying, 8 forklift trucks (4 x telescopic, 2 x counterbalance and 2 x all terrain), two Mercedes sprinter vans and other lifting equipment, including pallet trucks, jibs, and ancillaries.

Hillhead is a large-scale event with a combination of tricky loads and variable terrain. Williams and Stewart's long track record of managing logistics will be essential to the smooth build-up and breakdown of the show.

Matthew Williams, Exhibit 3Sixty Logistics director said, "We're looking forward to returning to Hillhead in 2024 - the terrain and relief of the quarry is a big challenge, and the weather can change road conditions in an instant. Our success relies on meticulous planning and booking ahead of the event, and having detailed contingency plans ready for the most common problems we're likely to be facing. Like with every large outdoor event you have to be ready for anything."

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First Sight Media appoints new BDM

Video production and streaming specialist, First Sight Media, has appointed Phil Platt to the position of business development manager with immediate effect.

Platt has over ten years on-the-ground technical experience as part of the production department at First Sight Media as well as a BA in Film Studies and Film and Cinema Technology. He is uniquely positioned for the role with outstanding knowledge of all aspects of production in film and video, including streaming, videography, event and virtual event production.

Platt explains, “I have always believed that having a technical person involved in the sales process from the outset would allow customers to immediately benefit from their knowledge, advising clients on how to make best use of the services and equipment, and ensuring that they have the optimal solution for the event they are producing. I am fortunate to have worked on all sizes and types of jobs at First Sight Media, from multi-site in-person events to virtual events and all points in between. Being able to offer that experience throughout the entire journey will help customers get the very best from our services and make their experience even more straightforward.”

Rich Belcher, MD of First Sight Media, said of the appointment, “We are thrilled to make this announcement. Phil has been part of the company’s history, with ten years of previous employment in a technical capacity where he successfully delivered hundreds of events. Phil rapidly became a customer favourite because of the exceptionally high standards that he set for himself and First Sight Media. Having Phil as the first point of contact for the business means that we have technical expertise at hand from the initial conversations, which allows us to offer practical advice to the client from the start. Phil knows what is possible and how we can deliver the very best for a client.”

“We love the challenge of being busy with exciting new projects, and with his deep knowledge of the business, the technical capability, and the best way to deliver the ideal solution for each client, I am certain that Phil will be generating plenty of interest in the coming year,” concluded Belcher.

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Evolution Dome US

Evolution Dome US provides inflatable domes for Roc Holiday Village's 5th anniversary event

Five Star Bank's City of Rochester Roc Holiday Village is in full swing, with families gathering at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park in Rochester, New York for the event's fifth anniversary. Evolution Dome US is once again providing temporary structures for the event, which runs until December 23, 2023.

Evolution Dome US is providing its eight and 10-metre inflatable domes, which are being used to create the event's highly popular Winter Igloo Inns.

Roc Holiday Village 2022 saw attendance at an all-time high, welcoming 140,000 visitors over 15 days. To accommodate the demand, its footprint was increased by 15 per cent to allow for more vendors and activities.

With a high turnout anticipated for the anniversary event, additional changes have been made to accommodate demand, including an increase to 17 days and the return of visitor favourite features. An additional 8m Evolution Dome Igloo Inn has been added to the ice rink, with the addition of a private deck, fire pit, and package add-ons.

Brandon Hyman, US sales manager at Evolution Dome US, said: "We are always thrilled to have the opportunity to work alongside the Roc Holiday Holiday Village team. The event has been carefully crafted with visitor experience at its heart, and it really shows.

"Not only do our structures' unique aesthetics help build on the winter wonderland theme, but they also offer practical benefits. Our structures' soundproofing and insulation properties allow visitors to fully immerse themselves in the cheery, festive atmosphere without disruption from outside activity or the cold."

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Exhibit 3Sixty secures ESSA award for Full-Service Contractor

Exhibition contractor Exhibit 3Sixty, secured the award for Full-Service Contractor and a silver in the Logistics Supplier category at the Event Supplier and Services Awards (ESSA), held at The Slate, Warwick Conferences, University of Warwick, Coventry on Thursday, 30 November.

Andy Pearce, co-director of Exhibit 3Sixty said, “We are beyond thrilled to have won the Full-Service Contractor Award, and we are incredibly proud of all the team. It is a great honour to have been recognised amongst a very impressive shortlist of our peers.”

The Full-Service award entry focused on the work done by Exhibit 3Sixty on NHS ConfedExpo. Nick Westerman, head of strategic partner events, NHS Confederation, was extremely satisfied with the experience from beginning to end, as he kindly expressed in this testimonial, “From the first meeting during the planning phase through to the last truck leaving site at the event, they were an absolute dream to work with. It’s very rare to find an organisation with such strong values, professionalism and an overwhelming pride in all that they do.”

Alan Craner, co-director of Exhibit 3Sixty, added, “This award means so much to everyone at Exhibit 3Sixty; we are a close team, and we are completely focused on looking after our customers, their exhibitors and everyone involved in the process. And, I would like to say a huge congratulations to our amazing logistics director, Matthew Williams, who secured the silver Logistics Award after just a year in post for his amazing work on The Southampton International Boat Show!”

This was supported by British Marine’s head of events, Mark Ring, who said, "We are proud to partner with Exhibit 3Sixty as the official logistics partner of the Southampton International Boat Show. Exhibit 3Sixty is involved throughout the planning phases, has a fantastic on-site team which can manage unforeseen circumstances, and delivers all of this on time and within budget!"

“And lastly, but not least, a huge thanks to ESSA for organising the awards and hosting the excellent dinner in the evening after a full day’s conference. Thanks to the Ops Squad for referring us to NHS ConfedExpo, the show that was integral to the award win,” concluded Craner.

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Joe Lapreay, Meshh new business operation associate

Meshh announces two new appointments

Meshh, the location-based intelligence and interaction specialist, continues to expand its international team, announcing the appointment of Joe Lapreay in the US as a business operation associate and Aakif Nazir in the UK as a product developer.

“From the initial brief to the deployment of sensors and the final report, client experience is a priority at Meshh,” said Caroline McGuckian, CEO of Meshh. “We believe that investing in people is a priority because they are fundamental to delivering an excellent service.”

Lapreay began working at the North American office in September 2023. In his role, he will support the sales and client service teams to ensure they offer the best possible experience to existing and potential clients. Additionally, he will assist the team with post-event reporting and help with deploying Meshh technology in the field.

Nazir joined Meshh’s UK team in August. Prior to his role at Meshh, he worked in the software development tools field for five years. Nazir will work alongside Meshh’s lead developer to improve the company’s behind-the-scenes tooling and reporting platform.

McGuckian concluded: “I am pleased to welcome Joe and Aakif to the team. Both stood out as exceptional candidates during the hiring process, and I am confident their expertise and experience will prove invaluable to the Meshh team and our clients.”

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Exhibit 3Sixty

Exhibit 3Sixty launches optimised order platform to improve exhibitor experience

Exhibition main contractor, Exhibit 3Sixty, has launched its customisable online hub, simplifying the design and ordering process of exhibition stands and spaces.

Exhibit 3Sixty has successfully optimised its bespoke suite of organiser and exhibitor-friendly online tools to further simplify the entire online design and ordering process for exhibitions. With an emphasis on creating a linear journey for the exhibitor, Exhibit 3Sixty aims to ensure accuracy in online ordering, locating information, and streamlining communication between the contractor, exhibitor and organiser.

After successfully deploying the first suite of tools in March 2023, including the Online Ordering and Graphics Portal and Graphics Calculator, Exhibit 3Sixty has made further enhancements by developing more tools and functionality and unifying them into a single "hub", a bespoke, customised portal for each show. Exhibit 3Sixty’s in-house team has developed and launched the hub as part of its ongoing move towards a more ergonomic event experience for organisers and exhibitors.

Extensive research into existing solutions found that 3D visualisations, interactivity, and the use of conditional logic could be used to create a platform that is exclusive to Exhibit 3Sixty. In addition to refining the portals, Exhibit 3Sixty has developed two tools using a similar conditional logic form to the previous Artwork Calculator, where exhibitors could find their exact artwork sizes and dimensions by filling out only four fields. To account for varying pricing and data on stand items, exhibitors can now input their information, such as the number of electrical outputs required and wall dimensions, to automatically retrieve pricing for electrics and graphics.

The 3D visualisations and interactive elements aim to increase exhibitor satisfaction and allow organisers to, at request, leverage its simplicity as a marketing tool for their events. With floor plans to enable exhibitors to visualise their space, 3D permutations of stand items and products (lighting, flooring, graphics, etc.), virtual tours of shell scheme stands, and video tutorials up to one-minute long demonstrating how to place an order, exhibitors can visualise their stands, mitigate duplicate orders, and enable them to enhance their space further with additional or fewer items.

Sam Pearce, commercial manager, Exhibit 3Sixty, explained: “We believe these portals will enhance the exhibitor and organiser experience of any show. With our goal to improve the exhibitor journey combined with our time efficiency, we believe our portals will create repeat business for organisers.”

He continued: “These portals are exclusive to Exhibit 3Sixty, so when we are appointed as the contractor for a show, organisers can leverage our tools as a unique selling point. It frees up a lot of time for us and enables us to be more prompt and punctual in our response to issues that may arise, any questions, turning around designs or ordering items. Using the old-fashioned method, one exhibitor placing an order for a single item could take up to 5 emails to organise. Now we can do everything much quicker than before.”

The hub, developed using best practice identified in research and the evaluation of other online tools and paper manuals, has been successfully trialled on several shows and is now live and ready to use. To roll out the hub, Exhibit 3Sixty is offering keen organisers the opportunity to test out the portals for themselves via a demo site, where they can see how it works and discover how they can help exhibitors visualise their space.

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Exhibit 3Sixty

The Southampton International Boat Show re-appoints Exhibit 3Sixty

The Exhibit 3Sixty logistics team has been reappointed to oversee the logistics for Britain's biggest festival of boating and watersports, The Southampton International Boat Show, at Mayflower Park (September 15-24).

Exhibit 3Sixty has been appointed as the official logistics supplier to the event, which is set to display a large variety of boating attractions, including patrol boats, superyachts, sailboats and more from some of the largest marine brands in the industry.

Matthew Williams, director of Exhibit 3Sixty’s logistics division, has worked with the Southampton Boat Show for more than 13 years. Building on a consistent track record of successful deliveries, he is set to make a return with Exhibit 3Sixty for its second year.

The event has a 10-day build reflecting the scope of work for Exhibit 3Sixty's logistics division. It will assemble a team of six to transport the boats to their desired location within the park, ready for the show's opening on the 15th of September. With the largest boat weighing in at 11,000kgs, the team requires eight forklifts, telescopic and counterbalance, and a crane for six out of the 10 days, as well as other lifting gear, including lifting frames, jibs, slings and shackles.

Matthew Williams, director of Exhibit 3Sixty's logistics division, stated: “Knowledge and experience are essential when approaching the buildup at The Southampton Boat Show.” Matthew continued, “Having worked with the event for over 10 years, I have found that planning and preparation plays a significant role; however, it’s adaptability that ensures the success of the event. If it rains, a forklift will rapidly sink into the ground; that's why you must expect the unexpected and always be prepared to change plans."

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Meshh

Meshh to measure the first Pacific Airshow Gold Coast

Pacific Airshow has chosen spatial analytics specialist Meshh to deliver data and analytics for its first-ever airshow at Gold Coast, Australia, on August 18-20, 2023.

Sam Pearce, director of event operations at Pacific Airshow, said: "Pacific Air Show is all about providing high action and top quality entertainment for its attendees and even the wider local community. Using Meshh technology allows us to monitor the venue's effectiveness and in turn, keep building an amazing event production year on year for the Gold Coast.”

Meshh sensors will be deployed throughout the three-day event in eight locations around the Surfers Paradise beachfront venue. They will measure the effectiveness of the event's commercial and operational outputs.

The sensors will be placed to gather critical metrics for the airshow organisers, sponsors and suppliers, including using traffic over time to measure the Opportunity To See (OTS) for the merchandise/partner activation areas, attendance, engagement and dwell time for the Cali Beach Club, and which gate entrants were most likely to visit the merchandise/partner zone. On a daily basis and, for the overall show, Meshh will monitor and report on the distributed dwell time at specific locations, the movement of those entering the airshow around the show, and how far they travel within the area.

Andrew Stone, general manager of operations at Meshh, said: "Pacific Airshow, with its exciting schedule of activities, is expected to draw thousands of families to the Gold Coast for a breathtaking weekend of entertainment. Such events present a valuable opportunity for partners, brands, and suppliers to connect with their target audience. Therefore, enhancing the visitor experience as much as possible is essential.

“The power of spatial analytics lies in the depth of the data. We can report where an attendee's device was first and last seen by the sensors, their entry and exit points, dwell time and repeat visits within one or over multiple days. This data allows organisers to spend a day with attendees, providing insight into how they engage, behaviour patterns, and how to optimise the experience for both visitors and commercial partners.”

Meshh has an extensive track record of providing spatial analytics for numerous events worldwide, from motorsport to conventions, live events, festivals, brand tours, and activations.

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First Sight Media in action, providing production services to a graduation ceremony

First Sight Media celebrates a record-breaking month

First Sight Media, the production company, announced that July marked the completion of its busiest month ever, as it successfully filmed 365 live events and ceremonies at more than 30 separate locations as far apart as Bristol and Carlisle.

First Sight Media ensured the unforgettable moments of 358 separate graduation ceremonies were preserved for generations to come. Alongside this, the company also completed the filming of seven events outside of the university sector - including conferences, promotional videos and webinars.

Sarah Tridgell, events officer at Royal Holloway University of London, commented: “Working with First Sight Media on graduation this year has been invaluable. They’ve helped us in pretty much every aspect of planning and have not only been our AV team but also our production partners. We couldn't have done it without them.”

This monumental achievement was made possible by the dedication and expertise of its team, supported by 55 skilled freelancers. The team spent 395-person days on site.

Rich Belcher, managing director of First Sight Media, said: "We are thrilled with the success of this milestone month! Our team has shown incredible dedication and professionalism, working tirelessly to deliver exceptional filming services at 33 distinct graduation locations across the UK, capturing the special moment of well over 75,000 graduates."

The scale of this operation required extensive logistical planning and coordination, all managed by the First Sight Media administration and logistics team.

"Despite the challenges, the First Sight Media team and our fabulous freelancers ensured that every event was executed efficiently," Belcher concluded. "I would especially like to praise the admin and logistics team, without whose expertise and diligence none of this would happen."

In addition to its video production services, the company also helps to create online events and virtual platforms. Its services include delivering staging and set design, audio design, 3D/VR/AR streaming, and web platform development.

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Evolution Dome

Evolution Dome cuts temporary structure power consumption by 45% with fan innovation

As part of its ongoing sustainability developments, Evolution Dome has invested in a new fan system, which has resulted in a significant reduction in the power consumption of its inflatable structures.

Ashley Austin, director of Evolution Dome, explained: “The new model promises to unite the straight airflow and ease of installation of axial fans with the high-pressure stability and power efficiency of radial fans. We are already seeing a 45 per cent reduction in the power consumption of our structures as a result.”

Since the introduction of the new fan systems back in February 2023, Evolution Dome, the temporary structure specialist, has invested in 80 new units.

Austin added: “The new fans have been a positive step for us. In addition to the power reduction, our recent research into the acoustic characteristics of our inflatable structures has shown promising results. These fans were included in our most recent whitepaper, where we were able to demonstrate significant reductions in noise levels too.”

The introduction of the new fan systems is part of Evolution Dome's commitment to reach net zero by 2030, including its £30,000 investment in solar and storage capabilities in March 2023.

“We’re always exploring new ways to reduce our environmental impact and provide sustainable solutions for our clients. By starting the process internally, we aim to take some of the pressure from our clients when trying to reduce their own carbon footprint,” Austin concluded.

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An image of two dome structures by Evolution Dome, standing side by side at Epsom Derby

Eventwell brings Evolution Dome to the 2023 Epsom Derby

Temporary inflatable structure specialist, Evolution Dome, deployed two 6m domes at the 2023 Epsom Derby on June 3 to support the neuro-inclusive social enterprise, Eventwell and external event production team, Creative Output. The domes created a quiet space for children at the event’s family festival.

Helen Moon, chief executive of Eventwell, explained: “With all the excitement of race day, we wanted to make sure that the family festival served as a place where children could unwind and escape from the main event while still having fun.”

The Eventwell team hosted and supervised the space throughout the day, providing books, toys and sensory resources for attendees to relax.

Moon continued: “Using Evolution Dome’s inflatable structures allowed us to create visually calming spaces with plenty of room for activities, and most importantly, the insulated walls also meant that children stayed cool and safe in the hot weather.”

Ashley Austin, director of Evolution Dome, said: “It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to work with Helen and the team. Their commitment to building inclusive experiences in the events industry is inspiring.

“Our inflatable structures were designed to ensure that event attendees are happy and comfortable no matter the location, which has the added benefit of making them the perfect setting for breakout areas and quiet rooms. They are built to reduce the amount of sound coming in, regulate temperature through the insulated walls and allow plenty of options for clients like Eventwell to customise the space to fit their visitor’s specific needs.”


Evolution Dome

Evolution Dome structures research reveals positive noise reduction results

International inflatable structure supplier, Evolution Dome, has just completed independent acoustic testing of its inflatable domes, and the results show a substantial drop in noise across the range of inflatable structures. The company has made the findings of this research available for download.

Ash Austin, director of Evolution Dome, commented on the findings: “The way our structures are designed, with two skins of fabric and an air cavity between, means they have great thermal and sound isolation properties. It’s always been said that the structures are great with acoustics, but it’s been great to be able to put facts behind this with solid data and clearly show what reduction you can get, and how quiet an inflatable structure actually is.”

The tests were carried out by Ease Audio. A signal of pink noise was fed to a loudspeaker at the centre of the structure, and a measurement was taken five metres outside the dome.

The results show a good reduction of sound across the inflatable structure walls but the most noticeable drop was in the upper range of frequency, the ones most encountered in settings with conversation and the general noise of business.

“As the research shows, the structures are less likely to reduce the deep sounds of a bass guitar or kick-drum, but for those intrusive frequencies that can make conversations difficult in high-traffic areas of an event, the reduction is significant,” added Austin.

The diagram shows a green trace taken two metres from the loudspeaker inside the dome, recording a level of 86dB. The purple trace was taken outside, at a level of 68dB. It is notable that there is much less sound reduction through the structure at lower frequencies, typically about a 6dB reduction. However, in the range of the human voice, this increases to about 12dB reduction. This reduction is typically thought of as being about half as loud. In the vocal clarity range, needed for intelligibility, that reduction increases to around 20dB.

 


First Sight Media

First Sight Media unveils 360° camera services

First Sight Media has added 360-degree video streaming to conferences and exhibitions. This will offer its customers the possibility of adding virtual reality experiences to their events using the company's new 360-degree video camera. This new technology gives every viewer the freedom to explore the whole view, with the aim of winning larger virtual audiences and increasing their engagement with brands and sponsors as a result.

First Sight Media has succeeded in integrating the new 360-degree camera with its own streaming technology and workflow to allow viewers to take advantage of its data-hungry features even when connectivity may be less than ideal. The new camera features six wide-angle 8K video cameras and stitches the images together in real-time to create a spherical image, which is then sent to First Sight Media's on-site streaming suite for further processing and streaming out to audiences.

Richard Belcher, managing director of First Sight Media, said: "The camera offers the ability for viewers to pan, tilt, zoom and reframe – exploring the full angle of view on one screen! With so much control in their hands, viewers can become the director, as they choose what they see and when they see it by literally looking around with their device, just as if they were in the room!"

Belcher continued: “Online audiences can now be in the middle of all the action. They’ll be amongst physical attendees and part of the tech world's latest endeavours to build, as Mark Zuckerberg recently put it: 'Something that can create a sense of human presence'. A 360-degree view enables an event’s audience to really dive into the action, opening opportunities for virtual visitors and delegates to interact more deeply with stages and presentations.

"This 360-degree camera gives us a new way to engage viewers with exhibitors and event sponsors – something which has so far proved challenging for hybrid events. More and more of our customers want to capitalise on the online audiences they created over the last three years, and streaming an event using this kit offers an exciting way for audiences to feel involved without necessarily being present. This will ultimately increase virtual visitor engagement with brands and sponsors," Belcher concluded.


Evolution Dome

Evolution Dome’s commitment to sustainability continues in 2023

As part of Evolution Dome’s ongoing commitment to sustainable events, the inflatable structures specialist has announced an investment of £30,000 towards the development of its solar and storage capabilities - expanding upon previous developments.

In 2022, Evolution Dome teamed up with Devon-based solar energy specialists, Callidus, to develop a new battery for its inflatable structures. Charged via solar cells or traditional generators, the SPB-6500 battery packs were able to power the structures for 14 hours, greatly reducing generator usage times.

The new solar and storage capabilities developed with Callidus will allow Evolution Dome’s structures to work off-grid and without generators for up to 21 hours. This will help reduce carbon emissions, costs, and noise pollution, increasing event organisers' ability to provide comfortable, modular, weatherproof, temporary structures in almost every setting, regardless of power availability on-site.

Ash Austin, director of Evolution Dome, said: “We made great progress in 2022 in reducing our carbon footprint but knew we could do much more. The is a free-standing unit that is easy to transport and requires no mains power to run.”

Austin concluded: “With a goal to reach net zero by 2030 or even 2025, investing in renewable power solutions is essential to Evolution Dome’s future offerings. Our new solar and storage capabilities are a more sustainable option for our customers and will deliver lower carbon emissions, cost savings on fuel and energy, and lower dependency on mains power and noisy generators.”

March 2023 will see Evolution Dome continue to invest further in sustainable solutions, installing solar panels at the office and warehouse, and introducing electric vehicles.

 


Andy Rice MEI

MEI announces 6th annual Hosts and Federations Summit

Major Events International (MEI) has announced that its 2023 Hosts and Federations Summit, to be held at the Olympic Museum, Lausanne, Switzerland, will be the largest to date, expanding from one to four days between June 12-15, and with a full conference programme.

Andy Rice, chief operating officer of Major Events International, said: “It is immensely gratifying to be able to answer the demands from our rights holders, cities and partners to make the 2023 Hosts and Federations Summit a multi-day event and to include a significantly expanded programme. It will, of course, contain our schedule of pre-planned, one-to-one meetings designed to place key parties in direct communication with one another.”

The international event brings cities, rights holders, suppliers and partners, together for workshops, presentations and special briefings.

“On the opening day, there will be exclusive morning briefings for enhanced delegates to listen to opportunities from rights holders on their upcoming events and championships. The expanded programme will allow delegates to participate in the hot topics of the day, including sports infrastructure planning, destinations with ambition - vision and strategy, the role of sustainability in major events and Web3: What does it mean for rights holders? These are just a few sessions available on the first full day of content," added Rice.

At the time of its launch, a wide variety of rights holders have already confirmed attendance at the summit, including Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM), Word Obstacle, International Schools Federation (ISF), World Rowing, Fédération Internationale de TEQBALL (FITEQ), World Squash, World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) and International Federation of American Football (IFAF) with more expressing interest daily.