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SISO names five event innovators ready for its Detroit ‘Battlefield’


Global association SISO, The Society of Independent Show Organisers, has announced the participants for its annual Event Innovation Battlefield.

Goodshuffle, PLNIFY, Rebus, Resiada, and Smartxpo have all been nominated to present at the competition, which takes place on 15 August as part of its annual SISO Leadership Conference in Detroit.

The conference provides a major opportunity for show organisers who are interested in the latest innovations and best practices to manage a wide range of trade and consumer shows.

“The Event Innovation Battlefield is a great opportunity to see innovation, ideas, talent, and products which are leading-edge,” said David Audrain, Executive Director of SISO. “It gives our members the ability to see what’s on the drawing boards now that will drive our industry in the future. We can also help incubate, develop and assist in the delivery of products and services to the market. It’s a win-win-win which will advance the event industry.”

This year the SISO nominating committee chose five out of 50 considered organisations looking for breakthrough event technology or amazing new business models.

David Adler, CEO of BizBash and Co-chair of the SISO Event Innovation Battlefield project, said: “We are excited to present organisations that will stretch the imagination, showcase forward-thinking and encourage our members to raise the bar on innovation. “The programme itself is a version of American Idol meets Shark Tank, where attendees will vote on their choice for the most innovative of the innovative for 2019.”


Background on the 2019 nominees:


On a mission to modernise the event rental, production, and design industries. The company’s stated goal is to save clients time and headaches through fast, easy-to-use technology.



PLNIFY is an event management software and mobile application designed with the busiest event managers in mind. Its software allows event managers to organise and mobilise their team by streamlining the communication process through a collaborative platform designed for on the go use. PLNIFY users can update schedules, share itineraries and travel plans, allocate responsibilities, and immediately distribute up to date information to a select few or the entire team. PLNIFY has served as the platform to manage event logistics for clients including Beyoncé, Jay Z and CMN Agency.



Rebus is an AI suggestion engine and payment solution where venues can create and monetise ancillary revenue opportunities based on behavioural data.



Resiada aims to redefine the room block management experience by streamlining the event creation process. It provides actionable data for users to make informed decisions and to generate additional revenue.



This product is all about price optimisation software for the exhibitions industry.


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