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The importance of industry partnerships: Rising to the challenge of COVID-19

Friday, June 12th, 2020

Guest Blog: Mike Kershaw, Kershaw & Partners In a matter of months, the global landscape has changed enormously, and professionals in the meetings and events industry now face the pressing need to make tough decisions quickly. Venues need to find a way to get back to business, whilst safeguarding staff and guests against the spread of COVID-19, now and potentially way into the future.  Mike Kershaw- Senior Partner at Kershaw Partners (more…)

Virtual Fusion

Friday, May 15th, 2020

By Nick Taylor , Managing Director at Noba Event Wi-Fi Virtual Fusion – How the Noba Tech Glue solution can transform the virtual platform experience Successful events are about getting the balance right between planning and delivery, vision and budget, and pulling the perfect team together to design and deliver it. The same philosophy applies to taking events online. Just as much time, effort, creativity, and expertise needs to be dedicated to whatever you're being asked to produce. We all know that every event is different, and one size does not fit all. A huge amount of thought and planning needs to take place to enjoy success. (more…)

Virtual Insanity

Friday, May 15th, 2020

By Nick Taylor , Managing Director at Noba Event Wi-Fi Virtual insanity - how home internet connections can derail your online event The rush to virtualise events as the world has grappled to deal with the global pandemic is evident from the deluge of blog posts, social feeds, and webinars that are currently flooding the internet. Even those of us that consider ourselves "tech-savvy", the learning curve in terms of the products available and which one will best serve our requirements has been insane. We are being bombarded with information, ideas, and solutions. It's simple; ‘If you are connected to the internet and your remote attendees can get online, then you've got everything you need to host a virtual event’! But is that fact or fiction, because as most of us have discovered, at one crucial point or another, not all internet is equal and if physical events can have hitches, then virtual events can most certainly have glitches. (more…)

Narrowing the gender cycling gap

Thursday, February 6th, 2020

By Nicole Tur, Operations Director at Noba Event Wi-Fi In 2009 I purchased my first road bike and it changed my weekends forever. Three years later I joined my first cycling club and I was the only female cyclist in the club. I was really benefiting from being part of the club, it motivated me to turn up when I signed up for rides and my time spent on my bike was increasing and so was my fitness. I had noticed many other women out cycling on their own in my area but they weren’t joining our club so I created a women-only ride for the club and started spreading the word locally and via a Facebook group.  (more…)

Guest Blog: 6 mobile hacks to improve event profs’ lives

Thursday, February 6th, 2020

By James Grant, Technical Director at Noba Event Wi-Fi For most event professionals the working week consists of hours out of the office, in the confines of an exhibition or conference venue or travelling on public transport to said venue. Staying connected to the rest of the world while we are away is a given these days, just like light and running water, and most of us rely on the use of our mobile or other devices to do this.  In fact, according to the Office for National Statistics 94% of England’s adult population own a smartphone and I think it’s safe to assume that close to 100 per cent of event attendees in the 21st century will use this smartphone at events, whether it’s to check emails, keep in touch with the team in the office or to access the show app or other show material. (more…)

Will the events industry benefit from Wi-Fi 6?

Wednesday, December 4th, 2019

In the world of Wi-Fi, there is a next-generation wireless standard upon us. Wi-Fi 6 still connects you to the internet yet has a bunch of additional technologies such as lower battery consumption in Wi-Fi 6 devices, higher data rates with peak Gigabit speeds and increased capacity with reduced latency to support higher numbers of users and devices, thanks to improved medium access control (MAC) control signalling. For those of us working in events where a bulletproof Wi-Fi connection can be integral to their success, will Wi-Fi 6 have a major impact? We’ve outlined the most event relevant benefits of the new standard below: (more…)

How realistic is ‘free broadband for all’ in the UK?

Thursday, November 21st, 2019

By James Grant, Technical Director, Noba Event Wi-Fi Last week the Labour Party announced its ‘free broadband for all’ election pledge. It would be achieved by a £20bn investment nationalising Openreach, the maintenance arm of BT, and a tax on internet companies such as Google, Facebook and Amazon etc, to cover operational costs. As providers of high-quality Wi-Fi across a range of sectors from education to hospitality, construction to venues and events we thought we’d look at how realistic the proposal is and how it could affect the events industry and even our own business. (more…)

Why should I pay for Event Wi-Fi?

Monday, November 18th, 2019

The age-old question of why event Wi-Fi should be paid for is a common FAQ at the venues we work in. With free Wi-Fi more readily available on trains, in coffee bars, pubs etc and high-speed Wi-Fi available at home for a minimal monthly fee people don’t understand why this should be different at venues and events. (more…)

Exhibiting and speaking at Event Tech Live 2019

Monday, November 4th, 2019

For us, attending the event gives us the opportunity to meet face to face with lots of clients, something which is very hard to do in a normal working day as everyone has such a busy life, especially in the world of events, but it also gives us the chance to understand what other technology is available and share in the knowledge transfer and education available at Event Tech Live. (more…)

3 reasons why we support the Government’s £250,000 Wi-Fi competition for events

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

The UK Government recently launched a competition for event venues across the UK to apply for funding to improve its broadband infrastructure for international events. The £250,000 will be split between a variety of event venues across the country that can host over 400 delegates and will be used to support the improvement of onsite broadband facilities. We take our hats off to the Government for supporting the events industry and essentially using public money to attract more events and more sophisticated events to the country. We’ve put together three reasons why reliable Wi-Fi at events is essential for the future of the UK events industry. (more…)