We went to Event Tech Live 2018. Here’s what happened.

If you’re involved in the event tech industry in any way, then you’ve most likely heard of Event Tech Live. Held annually, Event Tech Live is a chance for startups, CEOs and entrepreneurs of cutting edge event tech businesses to gather and exhibit while discussing the future of event technology. The exhibition is followed by the Event Tech Awards, an evening celebrating companies who are making moves in the world of event technology.

YADA had the chance to attend both events this year, so we decided to sum up what was a pretty epic two days.

Day 1

9:30 am
– After fighting our way through the Central Line and morning traffic, the YADA team arrived The Old Truman Brewery for day one of exhibiting. Of course, we were sure to grab some coffee from the Goomeo Café to get the day started.

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1:15 pm Our first talk of the day was at the Launchpad & Startup Stage where our Product Director and CMO Mehram gave a ten-minute demonstration of the YADA platform, followed by a Q&A with the audience.


3:30 pm YADA were invited to a panel discussion on the Main Stage where Mehram and three other female entrepreneurs, Leonora Valvo of Swoogo, Tamar Beck from Gleanin and Dahlia El Gazzar of Dahlia + shared stories, experiences and words of wisdom with the audience. Then it was back to the stand for one more power hour of exhibiting.

‘Four Female Founders’ panel discussion on the Event Tech Live Main Stage 


4:30 pm – The first day of Event Tech Live 2018 concluded with some well-deserved team drinks at the Goomeo Café. Then it was off to get glammed up for the Event Tech Awards.

7.30 pm Suited, booted and ready to go, we arrived at The Troxy for the 6th annual Event Technology Awards. This was a big year for us, as we were nominated for three awards including Best New Technology Product, Best use of Technology for Engagement & Interaction and Best Technology Partnership. 


YADA were also sponsoring the Event Technology Awards 2018, which meant we got to present an award.

Mehram presenting the ‘Best Festival Technology’ award to Verve

Of course no event is complete without a cheeky photo shoot. Say Fromage made us feel very glamorous with their photo booth.

We wish there was a Best Dancer award, as it would have definitely gone to Eric, our Development Programme Director for his epic moves on the dancefloor. We don’t have videos, but trust and believe that Eric is amazing at the robot! 

Day 2

9.30 am
– Admittedly, we were nursing some hangovers the morning after the Event Technology Awards. But that didn’t stop us — we were back on the stand for another day of exhibiting.

2.00 pm – Out of thirteen companies, YADA were shortlisted to pitch at the Launchpad Competition. After presenting to a panel of judges, we managed to win third prize!

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2.30 pm – Engagement is at the heart of what we do at YADA, so we were excited to be invited on the Brand & Buzz stage to speak on the importance of audience engagement at events.


4.30 pm – We were definitely knackered after a day of pitching, exhibiting and meeting lots of new people. However we had a great time and made some new connections. We definitely can’t wait to see what next year has in store.

Why not email us about featuring on the blog: tamara.amarquaye@yada.events

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