GMID 2017: Content follow up

Thank you to all our kiwi event profs who joined us in celebrating GMID 2017 at our breakfast in Wellington. Please see below for download links for content provided by our speakers on the day, and here’s pics if you missed it.

Future of meetings industry report

Infographic (Rachel's mindblowing stats): An in depth look at the UK events industry

For more info on the IACC and their work on the Meeting Room of The Future check this out...

CINZ also publishes heaps of excellent industry statistics. Check out their resources here.

A sneaky peak of Lotta’s beautiful venue is here.  

For M-C’s full story, here’s her LinkedIn profile , feel free to connect!

Carrie of course referenced the Association for Women in Events.  If you’d like to join AWE, make sure you enter the promo code T9MS3EKT when you sign up.  It makes it $15USD cheaper YAY.  She’s also available on skype at carrieconferences, or email at

Huge thank you to our fantastic sponsors and speakers, Marie-Claire, Carrie, Rachel, Sue and Lotta

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ShowGizmo launches new product suite to create more engagement and better event experiences

Event professionals around the world know how hard it is to choose an event app that perfectly fits their objectives. But now veteran event app provider, ShowGizmo, has made it easy with the release of a new product suite with features and enhancements all designed to create more engagement, better event experiences and push the boundaries of technology.

“6 years ago we launched ShowGizmo, a product designed to make events more awesome and help event organizers better connect and create value for their attendees,” said ShowGizmo CEO, Marie-Claire Andrews. “Today we create a platform with an extensive suite of features to suit organizations of every type; from internal teams to associations and one-off events,” she added.

The new suite includes:

●  A low priced ‘Essentials’ option for single events that need simplicity without compromising on service.

●  A ‘Premium’ package with access to next-level engagement features and world class support

●  The ‘Professional’ platform for the ever increasing base of customers working on engagement all year round, seeking to maintain a conversation with their community alongside their live events.

Highlighted feature updates within the suite include the ability for event managers to customize app features themselves, promote upcoming events with an event ‘lobby’ and a digital swag bag.

The product release, aptly named ‘The Banoffee Release’ is a sweet taste of things to come for the long-standing event app company. Marketing Manager, Lara Simmons explains, “The Banoffee Release is a big celebration for the team, 6 years providing apps means we’ve seen and learnt a great deal,” she continued, “This release and the updates it includes were truly inspired by all of the clients we’ve worked with to date.”

Unlike other event app platforms, the ShowGizmo suite is fully supported by a team of event professionals that work alongside customers to align objectives and ensure maximum ROI. “There’s plenty of basic DIY apps on the market, or simple solutions that bolt-on to registration systems,” said Dott Nemeth, the Melbourne based Customer Success and Production Manager, “but today’s event marketer is looking for proactive assistance to save time and stress - and looking for that to be local”, she adds. ShowGizmo has team members on hand for advice throughout the USA, Australia and New Zealand.

ShowGizmo are running a series of webinars on the new product suite - for more information visit

We are hiring! App Concierge role (Casual)

ShowGizmo provides event apps to thousands of event organisers around the world. Every month our app is being used at conferences, tradeshows, awards ceremonies, product launches etc.

We’re looking for new team members in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Wellington, Auckland to assist our clients to have an amazing experience onsite with our event app.

In the same way a hotel concierge knows all the facilities, areas of interest and how to get around the hotel, you as our ‘app concierge’ will understand our app features, how the event plans to use them and how to use the app and will be onsite at our events to assist clients and their event participants. You’ll probably also need to know the event wifi as we ALWAYS get asked that! A typical day will include assisting participants at registration to download the app, making tweaks to the agenda, adding a live poll, facilitating in-app Q&A, handing out exhibitor QR code posters and generally being on hand to answer the event producers last minute questions, and requests for advice.

Your empathy, helpfulness and energy will make all the difference to our app’s success onsite. So, you will be;

• Warm and friendly

• Calm under pressure

• Tech savvy

• Able to explain technology to inexperienced users in a way that makes them feel grateful not patronised

• Enthusiastic

• Well presented

Your experience to date is likely to include;

• Front line support or call centre

• Hospitality front of house

• Data input/word processing

You’ll like this role because;

• It’s casual and can fit in around other things you’re doing

• It could lead to ongoing work with us in a marketing or production capacity

• It will expose you to cool events and interesting clients giving you some experience in the events industry

If selected, we need you to attend a fortnightly one hour online training session with the HQ team to keep connected, up to speed on new features and engaged with us.

You’ll then be advised of events in your location that require an app concierge as and when they are confirmed. You may also be asked to travel. All expenses are covered and we pay WELL as this is such a critical role for us.

Interested? Contact Dott Nemeth to apply

We’re Hiring: Rails Developer We’re Hiring: Rails Developer

ShowGizmo is an app which helps people organise events. You’ve probably been to a tech conference and thought “Why do I have to fill out this paper based survey. This should be in some sort of app, possibly one which also has all the schedules and maps in it as well”. That’s our app. It does a bunch of other stuff as well, and we’ve won awards for it.

We’ve got Australasia sewn up and we’re currently taking our product to the US with good success. We’ve spent a lot of time this year improving our platform and gearing up to scale both the team and the number of users on the platform in anticipation for growth which should be somewhere between exponential and explosive.

Our tech team is small, diverse in all senses, amiable, and keen on learning. We’re Agile in the true sense, iterating frequently on the way we work. Shared lunches, stopping work on a Friday to try to solve problems in antique languages, pokemon, and the whole team going to NDC together are all things that happen or have happened recently. About half of the team works from the couches on any given day. My dog comes in a few days a week and climbs on people while we try to have meetings. We value automation and beautiful code. Almost all communication on Hipchat now consists of animated gifs and chatbots arguing with each other.

We have native apps for all the major platforms, a Rails admin site, and a Rails mobile site. All of this is backed by a Rails API. We work hard to ensure that we’re on up to date versions, that our test coverage is good, and that every commit leaves the campground tidier than we found it.

You’ve been coding for about five years, with at least a couple of those being on Rails. You love RSpec and hate monkey patching. You’re also at least somewhat into front end development – perhaps you can explain how prototypal inheritance works without that mild feeling of unease that I get and have a preference for SASS over LESS, or vice versa. If it hasn’t got a test over it, it’s not finished. You’re familiar with at least some of the other technologies in the ShowGizmo mix – Git, Jenkins, Capistrano, AWS, Sunspot/Solr, and Postgres.

The small firm environment and being part of a close-knit and collaborative team fires you up. You’re equally happy learning and teaching, and working on your own and pairing. Your favourite book is the pragmatic programmer. Or maybe you hate it. You’ve got an opinion on it anyway. You probably follow at least one parody developer on twitter.

Outside of work you probably do a bit of coding for fun, and attend a few user groups, but there is more to you than code. You are also part of a knit graffiti circle, which is cutting into the time you can spend on restoring your beloved 1980s jetski. You have an extensive collection of signed photographs of Richard Briers. You once flatted with a bloke from Nairobi who had a harpsichord.

Let’s have a chat.

How to apply:

CV would be a good, but also happy with a link to your Github profile, a few lines that you’ve dashed off outlining your experience, even your LinkedIn profile. Doesn’t have to be desperately formal. That fact that you’re applying through this channel suggests that you’ve done some research into the company and that you’re keen on the sound of us. 

Send your application to