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This past month I was fortunate to attend PlannerTech and Meetings Technology Expo, both in New York City. Although both events were based on the same theme, the approach and the audience, was different for each, which made it even more interesting for me.

PlannerTech was held at a conference center, whereas the Meetings Technology Expo was held at a small hotel. The former was presented similarly to Ted Talks and had a trade show component. The latter, had a Keynote, followed by concurrent breakouts. Both had a lunch. However, the Meetings Technology lunch was held in the Tradeshow area and was followed by one on one meetings with the different exhibitors. One could sign up for different time slots in advance. Both events were very good, but in different ways. I’m not going to critique or rate them, as my purpose in this blog is to share with you what I think are the best and most useful of the apps that I saw. I am describing them in a random order.



Participants can use the advanced search to filter the list of participants and identify the most relevant people before and during the even


Goombal is a Cloud + Mobile solutions company created specifically to address the project management needs of event teams. The application helps event teams mitigate execution risks and run Perfect events – every time! Goombal lowers event admin costs by 30%, and consistently helps generate superior return on investment.



Social Tables is an event diagramming, seating, and check-in product

Share accurate event layouts with your operations team to make sure every detail is meets to your client’s needs. Work with your clients online to communicate revisions, requests and questions instantly to shorten the approval process. Use the full object library to help customers understand the equipment and services associated with their function. It is fully customizable, has easy diagramming and you can create your own library of venue drawings.  As it’s cloud based, you can share and communicate easily.



This is a web based guest & staff management app. You can combine guest lists, check in guests, receive notification on guest arrival, collect donations. There is also a group messaging section so your staff members can communicate.


**Neither I nor my company P&V Enterprises endorses any of the apps, nor are we affiliated in any way with them. The information is strictly a desire to share what we thought were cool things to help you, the events professional.