The Fastest and Easiest Event Check-in
The struggle to win over your guests starts with check-in. Make them wait in line, and their excitement about your event will plummet. Use cutting edge technology to speed up the check-in process, on the other hand, and you can ensure that attendees enter the event in the best possible mindset.
Zenus, a Houston-based startup, is bringing its powerful face recognition technology to the events industry. Event planners across the world have started piloting this fresh concept and the results are impressive!
Event: The International Corporate Event (ICE) Awards was among the early adopters. Specifically, the ICE Awards 2017 took place at the Saatchi Gallery in London, honoring senior in-house events professionals across 15 industry sectors. The event attracted 250 experienced event professionals, 70% of which were in-house event organizers representing 60 companies.
Challenge: This year, Anita Howard, the founder and producer of the ICE Awards was looking for something new to impress attendees. However, the venue entrance was narrow and the check-in requirements limited their options.
Specifically, the organizing team wanted to print badges for the attendees and also do a brief security check to ensure that only invited guests were allowed in. These requirements, in combination with the narrow entrance, were expected to create long lines. Face recognition technology was a perfect match, and Anita was excited about the concept.
Solution: Zenus’ solution can be integrated into existing registration platforms, making the experience smooth for both the event planner and the attendees. Specifically, the ICE Awards used the Ya-Ya Regie online event registration platform which has already deployed Zenus’ face recognition solution.
Before the event, the attendees were invited to upload their profile picture and opt-in for face recognition. Behind the scenes, the registration platform (in this case Ya-Ya Regie) automatically stripped the images of any personally identifiable information before uploading encrypted copies of them to the Zenus cloud-based service.
The ICE Awards organizers were planning to have two interactive giant tablets for face recognition check-in. However, the hardware supplier missed the two-hour set up window due to an unexpected traffic jam in the heart of London. Nevertheless, the organizers quickly set up the system on their personal MacBook and used this as the check-in station.
Results: When the guests arrived at the venue they could check-in either with their faces, or with the traditional barcode scanners. Each attendee who opted for face recognition simply needed to stand in front of the laptop for a moment. The system recognized them immediately, their badge was automatically printed, and they were ready to go!
Since the kiosks were next to each other, it was easy to notice differences between the two methods. Guests checking-in using face recognition were impressed and excited about the technology. Many of them were event planners who unsuccessfully tried to confuse the system by making funny faces. Some of the attendees took out their phones to record the process, while others remarked about the process with the people standing next to them. In addition to making a great impression and increasing engagement, check-in using face recognition was four to five times faster than the traditional barcode scanning.
After the event, a record number of inquiries to try face recognition for events was received by Ya-Ya Regie.
Face recognition has many benefits for both the event planner and the attendees. It lives on the cloud enabling it to run on any device, so no special check-in devices needed. It is fast, easy, secure, and affordable. Like most new services, some people might be reluctant to try. However, we have found that people quickly gain confidence in this fresh concept. Social media and online payments are similar technologies where a modest critical mass paved the way for much larger future growth.
To increase the opt-in rate, communicate clearly to your attendees that the data is being treated in a safe manner (all images are anonymized, encrypted, and also deleted after the event). Moreover, keep in mind that face recognition can work in parallel with traditional check-in methods to satisfy everyone. Even if only a fraction of attendees opt-in, it will be enough to have a significant effect on reducing waiting time in lines.
It is always good to have backup devices in case something goes wrong. Even though the internet requirements are relatively low, make sure to secure a private network for the face recognition system.
The ICE Awards case study demonstrated the benefits of face recognition for check-in. We are expecting to see more and more events implementing this fast and cost-effective option to process large number of attendees. We are also looking forward to more case studies about different use cases such as tracking attendance for multiple sessions and leads retrieval.
So what would you tell your younger self?
I often find myself wishing I could tell my younger self some things about how life really works, about what’s real and true, and thereby dissolve some of the harmful preconceptions and assumptions I had way back then. That is a frustrating impossibility, but it’s worth thinking about.
Here are the 15 things I wish I could tell my younger self:
1.Life is good. Not always, but mostly. And when it is not so good, be assured it will get better.
2.It’s a good thing that we don’t know everything that’s going to happen to us. If I had known all the pains and heartaches I would encounter in life, even amidst the joys and victories, it would surely have been too much to bear.
3.If you tend to be shy, try your best to overcome it. Take it a step at a time, but work at it. It is a gift to get to know new people, especially those who are different from you in some way, culturally, ethnically, religiously. Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone may be painful for a time, but the benefits are everlasting.
4. It may not be easy to stand up and speak out for what’s important to you, but you will be amazed how empowering, and important, it can be.
5. Accept yourself as God made you.
6. You are not the only person in the world who feels this way, whatever “this way” is that you’re feeling.
7.You are terrific just as you are. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t work on your rough edges and areas of ignorance and inexperience.
8. You are on a journey, which means things will change. Even important things will change, sometimes shockingly. But it is a nevertheless a good journey, and it’s worth every step.
9. There is no one person in the whole world who is the one-and-only person God has selected for you to be with forever. So don’t waste time thinking you have to search for that one ideal person. Open yourself up, be patient, and it will all work out.
10. When you do connect deeply with one person, be serious about it. Work at it. Be open and honest with your significant other. It is a rare and wondrous thing to be in relationship, so make every effort to preserve and improve and deepen it.
11. But sometimes, for any number of reasons, it is time to move on, for your sake or theirs, or both. Recognize this.
12. Your parents truly love you and want the best for you. Listen to them. Trust them. Love them. Honor them. But realize you will soon be on your own, and that’s a good thing.
13.Stop watching so much TV. Read more. (Although, young me, you did read an awful lot, so maybe you should get outside and play more.)
14. Work hard and carefully try to figure out a career you will love. This will involve trying different things, new things. I’ve had four primary and very different jobs in my life, and have enjoyed each one (pretty much). Each one moved me forward into what was next.
15.Children are a blessing and a joy. Just keep in mind that they will break your heart and scare you to death more times than you could ever imagine.
Reinvent Yourself! "The pursuit of my own happiness as I escaped a troublesome nightmare in my daring attempt to dream for a different future" by Ivan Sanchez
10 years ago, I was fending for myself in a "boys in the hood" environment while I grieved my superwoman’s death - my mother. As a disoriented teenager desperately wanting escape the negative life style I lived and reinvent myself, I threw myself into what I saw as my clearest means to success: schoolwork.
As I took several fulltime jobs to pay for college, from pushing shopping carts at Kroger’s to selling chocolates at Godiva, I gradually escaped a troublesome nightmare in my daring attempt to dream for a different future. At the time, I unconsciously started the pursuit of my own happiness, but I took charge of my destiny. Through the struggles, broke bank account, naysayers, adversity, and life lessons, I ultimately rejected the narrative of a troubled and directionless youth for the young man you know me as today.
Overcoming the adversity, I faced fueled my desire to serve others, to help them improve their lives, as people are not predestined to misery and failure. And though the current status quo propagandizes people into deficiency, debt, and prison pipelines, as a part of the new generation, I refuse to continue to accept the status quo policies that adversely affect our communities. As my education, has changed me forever, I now take it upon myself to empower disadvantaged communities and beyond.
10 years later, the challenges I faced from a deprived, low socioeconomic teenager, to an empowered congressional liaison, allowed for a continued evolution of adaption and potential for change, but more importantly, it gave me the inspiration to further help the underprivileged as I walked those very shoes. I endeavor to change and achieve, not out of a frenzied state of panic, but because I see the endless possibilities for my life and for the people and the world around me.
If any struggling young people are reading this, rise up, dust yourself off, and find your passion. I want you to know that if I could do it, you truly can as well. Do the best you can, with what you can, while you can, but do it passionately, tirelessly and vigorously. Look in the mirror, that’s your competition. The best achievement in life is doing something people thought you cannot do. It is never too late to reinvent yourself. Prove them wrong, it can be done.
#SeeYouAtTheTop #HTXMIL #ReinventYourself #SiSePuede
I would like to introduce you to our family owned and operated business.
In 2005 my career as the Director of National Accounts for Allied Waste came to an end and I was only 47 years old. I was however fortunate enough to receive a severance package that allowed me some time to figure out what would be next for me and the family.
So how did you get started in the paper shredding business?
At that time in the Katy area, future plans were being published that the area would be the home to new medical facilities as well as increased office space being built. I did some research and found that there were no Paper Shredding companies located in Katy, so I decided that would be the direction I would go and started West Houston Document Destruction, Inc.
After the decision was made we leased space at the Mason Creek Business Park (I-10 & Mason) and I purchased a shredding machine and truck and opened for business February 1st 2006. The next step involved cold calling the businesses that were open at the time and joining the Katy Chamber of Commerce and attending their events to network and get our name out there and we have continued our membership and participation.
Who was your First Customer?
Our first customers were our Dentist (who we still service), the Katy Chamber (we also still service) and 2 of the local printing shops that I hauled away their waste paper. It is 11 years later and the area has grown and so have we.
So How has your company grown?
West Houston Document Destruction now processes 12,000 pounds of paper each week and delivers this paper to a recycling center so that it can be processed into a new paper products such as a paper towel, napkin, paper plate, cup or tissue etc.
Every individual should protect themselves from Identity theft and all businesses are subject to various laws requiring the proper handling of customer and employee information.
When can people come and see you?
On Saturday from 9-2 or with an appointment during the week, Individuals can watch their papers being shredded at a cost of $5.00 per regular size storage box. A normal box of papers will weigh an estimated 25 pounds and our process takes about 2 minutes to shred that box. We have had hundreds of contacts with individuals over the past years and many of these people come by 1 or 2 times per year and some more often and they know me and my son by name and we know theirs as well.
Business customers can have a customized program for their office to handle the shredding needs as well as recycling. We supply the locked cabinet or cart and a service schedule can be flexible to what your companies needs are. The pick-ups are made mostly by my son Tim or me when I need to help him out. Currently we service over 250 clients in the West Houston area. Our service area includes Sugarland on the south, Kingwood on the north, and the Galleria area on the east and Sealy & Hempstead on the West.
I can be reached at 281-450-9700 for more information.
What if for one day, everyone in our community gave $10 to a local nonprofit? Meet Big Give Houston. Big Give Houston is a 24-hour online fundraiser that celebrates the work of local nonprofits. For one day per year, from midnight to midnight, Big Give Houston aims to raise awareness about the amazing missions that support our community day-to-day and connect new donors with local nonprofits.
In 2016, over 200 nonprofits participated in Big Give Houston, raising over $150,000 in 24 hours. With over 1,300+ individuals gifts, Big Give Houston averaged 34% new donors across all nonprofits. That means that of all the donors that participated, 34% reported that they had never given to the charity they selected prior to Big Give Houston. This scaled the national average of similar giving day events by 10%. With a minimum donation amount of $10 it is our hope that everyone will be encouraged to become a local philanthropist during Big Give Houston.
However, this participation level is not a surprise. For a number of years, Houston has been named one of the most generous communities in the country.
In its second year, Big Give Houston hopes to generate enthusiasm around keeping donation dollars local. The giving day approach gamifies the way we fundraise as it throws all of the community's support behind local nonprofits for one day. How much can we raise in 24 hours for our community?
There's still time for nonprofits to register for Big Give Houston - but quick action is required to meet the August 15th deadline. Nonprofits are busy preparing for the big day - September 13th, 2017. The clock starts at midnight. Will you join us?
All are invited to a day-of happy hour at Raven Tower at 6:30. Raven Tower is generously donating 10% at our happy hour to the nonprofit with the most votes. Come out and support your local community on September 13th.
Please follow this link to learn more : https://biggivehouston.org/
JuiceLand will have a booth in front of their shop in The Heights (3206 White Oak Dr, Houston, TX 77007) at White Linen Fest this weekend! They are going to have *free juice and will also be giving out JuiceLand swag.
Over the past few years, JuiceLand has undergone rapid expansion. With over 15 Austin-area locations, we have been busy sharing our love for fresh and healthy plant-based options to Houston and Dallas. This explosion has a lot of people asking, “Why are you expanding so quickly? Do you franchise? What’s the story here?” The explanation is simple: we love our customers, our communities, and our product. We want to share JuiceLand with as many people as possible! When we had just one shop in a little stone cottage on Barton Springs Road in Austin, TX, people drove from all over the city to come visit us. These customers started asking JuiceLand owner, Matt Shook, to set up shop in their neighborhoods, and he listened!
At its core, JuiceLand’s growth is an effort to increase accessibility to sustainable and healthy food options. Many neighborhoods don’t have options for a fast and fresh meal, so we are working to fill this need. We value the communities we call home and have made philanthropy a priority. Every chance that we get, we offer our products and merchandise in support our neighbors and customers.
Our mission to give back is also paired with our goal to raise awareness. We’ve developed our Feel Good, Do Good Program to spotlight charities we think are doing incredible work in our community. What’s Feel Good, Do Good? Our seasonal menu features a special fresh juice smoothie created by our innovative juice chefs that directly supports our local communities! Fifty percent of the profits from this drink are donated to a local non-profit organization who shares our passion in promoting wellness, sustainability, and creativity for all. This initiative allows our customers to try a new drink that gives back to important causes and to learn more about the organizations that make our community great.
But Feel Good, Do Good isn’t the only way for JuiceLand customers to give back through their purchases. Through our FiveStars Rewards program, we offer the option to redeem your points to give a meal to someone in need or donate $1 to Inside Books Project, a Texas based non-profit. Each of these redemptions goes directly to support people in our community and they wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of our customers!
At JuiceLand, we’re all about feeling good and doing good! We are so excited to be growing in Houston and will continue to work to make it a healthy and vibrant place to live!
The Houston Advisory Board is exactly what the name suggest, it is a small group of Business minded peers meeting on a monthly bases with the objective to Learn, Grow their Business and to Help other do the same in their group.
No cost to attend the General Meeting
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