Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Introducing EventInterface on iOS7

The long awaited Apple iOS7 rolled out today, and the new iPhones are hitting the market this coming Friday. At EventInterface we’re ready with the updated version of our mobile app for the new operating system and phones. Our app mirrors the simplicity of the operating system with stylized function buttons. It remains fully integrated with the online system for planners and attendees.

Planners can check in attendees, scan nametags, share documents, video and photographs. They can communicate via chat and text with registered attendees and view planning documents. Attendees can review their registrations or ticket purchases, bring up QR-coded confirmations, view and upload event photographs, view documents shared by the planner, chat with other attendees, scan nametags to collect contact details and participate in event forums.

The EventInterface App is free for planners and attendees and is used in conjunction with the event management software. Download the App here. To get iOS7 on your device, just go to your settings, then select "General" and "Software Updates."

More information about EventInterface here.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Launching Event TALK! For Planners by Planners.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (May 15, 2013), a Scottsdale-based event management software and attendee engagement software company launched Event TALK! a bi-weekly podcast show by planner for planners broadcast on the Entrepreneur Podcast Network.
“Working with planners we are asked many questions that have nothing to do with our software.” said Al Wynant, company CEO. “Many times our staff becomes a consultant to the planner.  We believe that providing a content-rich podcast in which the best professionals around the country share their advice would be a fabulous additional resource to planners.” Wynant said. is partnering with the Entrepreneur Podcast Network in the production of the show. Eric Dye is the host. The inaugural show features Wynant who talks about why the show has been created and the types of topics that will be covered.
Upcoming guests are Valerie Bihet, Founder of The V!BE Agency in Miami, FL. who talks about best practices; Darren W. Johnson, Event Producer, Best Selling Author and Corporate Event Trainer will talk about the importance of site visits; Andy Perez, PR Guy Extraordinaire will talk about the do’s and don’ts of event public relations.

EventInterface provides innovative and cost-effective Web-based and mobile App software for meeting and event planners. We are a robust registration tool that lets planners manage registrations, speakers, private event social networks, virtual events and collaborations. We're one solution to manage all aspects of an event or meeting, and the software has been designed by planners for planners. Our clients include the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Expedia, Soroptomists, Up with People International Alumni Association, AHS, NAISA, Research Corporation Technologies among many others.  The company is based in Scottsdale, AZ. More information at

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Enough with the ice already.

I don’t have anything against ice-sculptures. Amazing artists create stunning translucent sculptures. Sadly these creations are temporary, lasting only a few hours. You rarely see the artist at work, and pictures never do the piece justice. Recently I went on a quest to find a more unique and permanent way to bring logo artwork into events.

During my research I came across a few recreations of company logos used at events. At closer inspection I learned they were made of LEGO block. Having won a LEGO building competition many years ago I was intrigued. My search led me to Mariann Asanuma, a former Master Model Designer for LEGOLAND California.

Mariann found her fascination with LEGO at an early age when she received her first set at the age of six.  Born and raised in the San Diego area, she is a self-taught LEGO artist.  When LEGOLAND opened in Carlsbad, CA in 1999 she fought hard to get her dream job. It took her 4 years to prove herself and get the coveted position. Visiting the park, you will recognize some of her handiwork. She worked on the life-size pirate, a four foot long lady bug, the Miniland Las Vegas sign and many others.

Mariann continued her Lego journey becoming the world's first female freelance LEGO Artist and LEGO instruction author in early 2007.  She has authored two books “How to Build a Round Ball with Square Bricks!” and “Beyond the Ball”. Now Mariann dedicates herself to designing and building custom LEGO models, speaking and special events. She was  commissioned  by Warner Brothers Interactive to design a mosaic for their ”LEGO Batman the Video Game” Launch Party hosted at the Natural History Museum in New York City in September 2008.  Google hired Mariann to create their Chrome logo for their 4 year anniversary.  The sculptures reflected the client’s needs and have become more enduring centerpieces of the events they were built for.

Using LEGOs to create your event centerpiece may not work for all events. It is however an interactive, creative and investment outlasting any ice sculpture. Interested in incorporating LEGOs into your event? Learn more about Mariann and her services here.

See pictures of Mariann's creations here.

- Al Wynant

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Dutch hospitality and whimsy

Dutch hospitality, imagination and a sense of history are reflected in this newly opened hotel in Zaandam, The Netherlands. Minutes from Amsterdam and with a direct train connection from the international airport of Schiphol, this hotel is ideally located for any meeting or event.


Inntel Hotels, founded in 1982 has a handful of properties around Amsterdam and Rotterdam, each modern with friendly service and a unique sense of design. We were drawn to their property in Zaandam, just minutes away from Amsterdam. Built to look like a group of stacked Dutch row houses, the hotel is striking and perhaps a little puzzling to look at. It offers 160 guest rooms and meeting facilities for up to 350 attendees.  The 4-star property is located next to the Zaandam train station and offers its own Tourist Information Office.


The Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Zaandam offers flexible meeting space. It supports small meetings to conferences with 300, and receptions for up to 350 guests. Meeting spaces are modern, with an industrial style finish, honoring the area’s manufacturing past. All meeting spaces are air-conditioned, have 10 feet + ceilings, offer complimentary WI-FI, and dedicated staff. 

The hotel offers meeting specials that include everything you need to host a successful meeting. Packages start at a 4-hour deal and go all the way up to a 32-hour package. Called the Saen Special, the 4-hour package include meeting room space, note paper and pens, use of flip-chart or whiteboard with markers, LCD projector with projection screen, office supplies, and unlimited coffee, tea and ice water.  Longer packages include intercontinental breakfast buffets, lunch buffets, 3-course dinners and overnight stays in a Taste Deluxe Room.

The hotel features 160 air conditioned rooms, and all of them are unique.  Rooms are modern and spacious with plush bathrooms and beds. Some rooms offer Montis sitting areas, extra-large beds, a whirlpool bath and private sauna. We especially like the large mural depicting the regions proud history and people.


The onsite restaurant Puur Saen presents seasonal meals made from local ingredients. The menu is friendly for an international clientele with options ranging from local to Italian, American, Mediterranean and Asian inspired dishes at reasonable prices.  For groups, the hotel has a unique offering of interactive dinner games to entertain guests.

The hotel offers a well-equipped Wellness Club with indoor swimming pool, Finnish sauna, Turkish steam bath and a Life Fitness Gym.  Massages are offered also.

To learn more, book your meeting or event at the Amsterdam Zaandam click below. More pictures at

- Al Wynant

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Partnering for success

Collaboration; how one festival skyrocketed to success in its first year. More than 350 collaborators, hundreds of volunteers and countless science, technology, engineering and math professionals came together to produce over 200 events for 220,000 plus attendees.

Read the full post here.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

EventInterface launches iPhone App that enhances the event attendee's experience

EventInterface continues to revolutionize the planning experience for meeting planners and their attendees. Our newest tool, the EventInterface iPhone App enhances the attendee’s experience by placing all event data, communication tools and event social media at their fingertips.
The App was designed to seamlessly fit in with our online management tool.” said Rod Bridges, company CTO and App Lead Developer. “Some registration software companies provide ticket scanning tools. Some companies provide costly one-time use Apps for conferences. At EventInterface, we aimed to provide the planner with an App that streamlines operations and engages the attendee, creating a much richer and more valuable event experience at no extra cost.” said Bridges.
The EventInterface iPhone App allows attendees to quickly access event confirmations and QR-Coded tickets. They can view and share event photographs. Planners can easily post schedules, event documents and videos to view pre-, during and post-event. Attendees can effortlessly gather other attendee contact information by scanning QR-Coded nametags. The App’s chat feature invites attendees to communicate with other attendees at the event using the App, a great tool to ask questions, set meetings, find each other, and even send pictures to other users. The forum feature allows attendees to view and participate in event specific forums. There are event directions and a growing library of planner resources.
The EventInterface iPhone App is free to download from the App Store. This powerful and innovative App is for Meeting and Event Planners who plan and manage events using Click here to download the free EventInterface iPhone App.
To learn more about EventInterface, visit