2019 Tech Trends

Technology continues to grow in popularity and use as more and more people become aware of what’s out there. In fact, if you’ve been to any major conference in the past several years, you surely saw a tech hub or showcase. 2018 brought us many new tech endeavors and the year ahead will surely introduce shiny updates to the technology we use every day.

Here’s a look at how tech in 2019 will push your business to the next level.

Oculus Go Virtual Reality Headset

Virtual reality

In 2019, VR will only become more popular and more powerful. Oculus Quest, Oculus VR’s new and improved standalone headset, is due to hit the market in spring. With resolution of 1600x1440 per eye, its Insight technology uses four ultra-wide-angle sensors along with computer vision algorithms to keep tabs on players and the motion controllers. Samsung Vive and Lenovo Mirage Solo are just a couple of other VR headsets set to hit stores in 2019.

The catering + events show of the year is back! James Beard Award winners, TED style keynotes, influencers galore, and food for days. See all that’s in store here!

In addition, expect to see apps expanding to include VR integration—think Netflix and Amazon, virtually. 

Digitization

Companies are always looking for a competitive edge. What’s better than a solution that both enhances the client experience and streamlines internal operations? I expect most business to make the shift to digital processes, whether it’s online signing for proposals or mobile check-in. Identify the parts of your business that could improve in efficiency and organization — how can you use technology to simplify that aspect?

More screen time

Expect to see more interactive screens everywhere. Microsoft recently unveiled dining tables with built-in menu screens that allow consumers to order, call waitstaff, and split payments all on their own. Think of the countless ways this could be used in the events industry—an open bar, a food menu, seating charts, and the list goes on.

It’s critical for business to stay up-to-date and informed with the latest technology, not just to be current but also to be as efficient as possible. New technology continues to help businesses improve year after year, whether it’s streamlining internal team processes or simplifying your sales funnel. There are a lot of new developments on the horizon, so stay tuned and keep your eye out for the next big thing.

Sandy Hammer

CMO, AllSeated, New York City, NY

With over 20 years of experience in the international events industry, Sandy Hammer is the co-founder and CMO of AllSeated, a collaborative network for planning events that offers tools including floorplans, 3D view, Guest List, RSVP, Seating, Timelines, Mobile Check-In and more.