Festival Insights NEWS: Open Source and Low Tech Disruption in Event Technology


Richard Fletcher is a researcher in festival and events with a particular focus on quantitative methods and audience surveys. He predominately works freelance or in association with De Montfort University, Leicester. You can find more of his work here, and can find him on Twitter here.

For an industry so grounded in the physical world and live experiences, there is little doubt that event technology has diversified and grown rapidly in recent years. Event Tech Live, an exhibition of over 100 suppliers is in its sixth year, and there are over 400 entries for ‘Event Management Software’ to be found on review site Capterra. Few will be unaware of the emergence of giants like Eventbrite, probably going public some time in 2018.

Platforms want to offer everything from ticketing, CRM, staff and volunteer management, live interaction and more besides. Few would argue this growth isn’t good for the sector….



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