• 8 Techy Apps and Trends to Keep on Your Radar

    FROM THE Fall 2016 ISSUE


  • 8 Techy Apps and Trends to Keep on Your Radar

    FROM THE Fall 2016 ISSUE

    Liquid Nitrogen

    <p>Liquid Nitrogen</p>
  • 8 Techy Apps and Trends to Keep on Your Radar

    FROM THE Fall 2016 ISSUE


  • 8 Techy Apps and Trends to Keep on Your Radar

    FROM THE Fall 2016 ISSUE

    Primera Trio

    <p>Primera Trio</p>

To say technology is a driving force behind events is an understatement. In the current, Silicon Valley-driven environment, the top minds in the world are constantly producing apps and software that not only help with everyday work flow, but also assist at actual events, thereby allowing you to keep up with the wow!

Trello: This is an awesome project management tool, which allows the planner to sync data with clients so that everyone is on the same page. From adding checklists, to assigning tasks, to uploading files, this free app (of course with optional upgrades) is the perfect addition to any office environment. 

Super Event Planner: This very functional app provides a number of tools that make planning your event much easier, including a venue capacity calculator, price converters (helping make sure tax and gratuity are correctly factored in) and a tool to help figure out how many glasses of wine are needed based on the number of people attending. The app is $9.99 through Apple or Android stores.

Virtual Reality: Transporting guests to alternative realities is an exciting application to enhance events. The wave of the future will be the ability to market events, venues and locations via virtual reality, without ever having to leave the office. 

Primera Trio: For the ease of having a somewhat mobile office, this extremely lightweight printer/scanner/copier is an absolute must. It weighs 2.6 pounds and has all the functionality you would expect from a full-size printer. Imagine no longer needing to spend wasted dollars at a business center.

Texture: If you’re a voracious magazine reader, then this is a perfect app. It is one of my absolute favorites because it puts hundreds of magazines at your fingertips. In addition to popular titles like People and Time, there are design and craft magazines that can help render great ideas for event planning.

3-D Printed Food: The Consumer Electronic Show (CES) boasted a number of new products in the realm of 3-D printing, none more exciting to event professionals than the ability to print food. Imagine wowing your guests with the production of a sugar cube or other desserts right before their eyes. 

Drone Photography: Much to the chagrin of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), drones are here to stay—and I, for one, am excited about this new trend. For outdoor events, drones are a perfect way to capture all aspects. If used correctly and within safety guidelines, drones can even transport items.

Liquid Nitrogen: This chemical is making a huge comeback and the reaction (if you pardon the pun) is spectacular. This product must be handled with great care by a professional, but its ability to take drinks from boring to extraordinary is always a crowd-pleaser.

If there is a better hair-of-the-dog drink than a bloody mary, we sure don’t know what it is. Visit Beaumont shared its recipe for a tasty Sunday brunch cocktail, and they even made it for eight, so you can treat your friends!


Born and raised in Bryan, about 90 miles east of Village of Salado, Chadley Hollas, Village of Salado’s director of tourism, says he came to the town with one goal: to help Salado become Texas’ best small destination. His favorite thing about his adopted hometown is the people. “They are quirky, creative and hospitable—a neat combination that makes for many good conversations,” says Hollas.


Question: What is your one must-have for business travel?

"My Mophie power station so I don’t have to compete for outlets during a flight delay or have that awkward moment of leaning into my neighbor’s lap while trying to find an outlet on the plane."

India Rhodes, CSEP Dallas Partner | Wilkinson Rhodes