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by Michael J. Shapiro | October 21, 2015
Organizers of the IBTM World exhibition, formerly known as EIBTM, have announced the winner of its 2015 Technology and Innovation Watch Award, as well as the other top nine finalists, all of which will be showcased in this year's Innovation Zone at IBTM World in Barcelona, Spain, Nov. 17-19.

The Technology and Innovation Watch Award went to InitLive, a cloud-based platform with a website and mobile app that provides a real-time communication system for planners, staff and volunteers on event day. The other nine innovations to be shortlisted are:

AroundThen, a networking app, uses Bluetooth between devices for finding, connecting and messaging, as well as offering check-in and real-time tracking with beacons.

CDEP by Slidebox, a new data exchange protocol for meetings industry technology providers, allows organizations consolidate to a single database for all aspects of their events and marketing.

EventCollab, a cloud-based collaboration platform, allows event teams to share schedules and documents, track time, assign tasks and chat.

EventPilot by ATIV Software, a native app, allows attendees to manage their schedules and assists with navigation, engagement and CME credit tracking.

Interactio, a mobile translation system, delivers on-site interpreters' translations via app to attendees' mobile devices.

Loopd Inc., a relational analytics device and app, measures engagement and allows the exchange of contact information among attendees, as well as the ability to deliver marketing materials and let participants check in to sessions.

• The Mash Machine by the Mo'Joes, a tabletop music-creation tool, creates a social music-making experience at events.

Path Event Learning Platform by Blue Sky Broadcast is a cloud-based online learning and content management platform.

SocialPoint Audience Engagement Platform by Interactive Meeting Technology, cloud-based audience-engagement software, includes social media, trivia games, polling, speaker Q&A, surveys and the like.

"Our independent panel of judges short-listed these 10 companies for their innovation, completeness of concept and the value of their product to the meetings industry," noted IBTM World senior exhibition director Graeme Barnett. "The Innovation Zone is a unique opportunity for attendees to experience, interact with and learn about these exciting tools.