Premier Convention Industry Association Showcases NiceMeeting in Vancouver, Canada

Pleasanton, California (EastBayDaily) — NiceMeeting Inc., the leader in second screen technology for live events, announced the successful deployment of its second screen solution for live presentations sharing to mobile devices at the Professional Convention Management Association's (PCMA) Technology Think Tank in Vancouver, earlier this month.

The Technology Think Tank is an event for industry influencers to meet and discuss some of the biggest technology issues facing convention professionals. That organizers chose to utilize NiceMeeting for the two-day event is sure to reverberate throughout the meetings industry.

"The Nice Meeting iPad solution was pivotal in our small group discussions. It functioned beautifully and was very easy for me (as the moderator) and our attendees to operate. What most impressed me was the very noticeable change in attendee behavior. They interacted with me more because they could ask questions without interrupting the flow of the conversation. Their attention was completely focused on the tablets and the presentation rather than other devices. Everyone was intrigued by the polling feature and enjoyed responding to the questions and discussing the results. Nice Meeting helped to energize our meeting. I think that the next presentation they attend without Nice Meeting will seem lackluster in comparison," said Michelle Bruno, Technology Journalist, Writer & Content Strategist.

Upending conventional notions of a conference, Think Tank attendees sat in comfortable arm chairs, round-table style, as presenters pushed slides directly to personal iPads and laptops. By shifting attention from the main presentation screen to personal mobile devices, event organizers were able to deliver a more intimate event, with more face-to-face dialog, greater engagement and increased collaboration. Rather than straining to see the screen, participants had event content in the palm of their hands, and could converse more naturally with their peers.

Attendees actively used NiceMeeting to take notes on a slide-by-slide basis, and silently have short, non-disruptive, side-bar conversations with fellow attendees through NiceMeeting’s private chat feature. They were also able to use their personal devices to respond to polls within the platform. Organizers were able to eliminate paper handouts, distributing digital copies of the presentations instead, which attendees were able to download, annotated with their own comments.

The NiceMeeting solution was delivered from the cloud, ensuring fast and easy setup, from branding the user interface to uploading presentations and configuring polls.

"I would like to say on behalf of PCMA, thank you NiceMeeting team for everything you did to help make this event a success. NiceMeeting really changed the dynamic of the meeting where participants felt they were actually part of the meeting and engaged more closely with the speaker and each other than you see in a typical meeting with a presentation," said Jason Paganessi, Vice President Business Innovation at PCMA.

Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA has 17 chapters throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico, and more than 6,000 members across 35 countries. The association is the leading professional resource and educator in the meetings, conventions, events and trade show industries.


Natasha Korobkova