BizBash Event Style Awards: BizBash held their first annual National Event Style Awards, celebrating the most creative and beautiful examples of event theme and decor. Winners were announced at the BizBash IdeaFest last Wednesday in New York. There were winners for every category under the event industry sun, like Best Conference (a gorgeous display from Adobe Max), best public relations stunt (a life-sized dollhouse from Guerilla Marketing Campagin for Target) and Best Trade Show (Data Center Summit 2013.) Other categories included best wedding venue, best entertainment event and best lighting design. Just a brief flick through the album of winners brings inspiration to the brain. You can view all the winners here.
First ever YouTube Awards Show: Also in New York, YouTube launched its inaugural self-produced Music Awards Show yesterday. The verdict: messy. The event was meant to be webcast to millions of viewers around the world; attendance capped at a little more than 200,000 at its peak.
Popular artists like Eminem, Lady Gaga and Avicii gave stellar performances but the real entertainment of the night was watching “spontaneous” not-so-great moments happen, like hosts having to dig into a giant cake to reveal the winners and being handed two babies while chatting with Macklemore.
The event was deemed unorganized and just a tad unprofessional by many but you have to give them a break: it was only the first (and probably not the last) music awards show from YouTube. After all, if you demand fresh and organic, sometimes things go a little awry…
Social/tech: Today Google+ launches its Connected Classes program. Using Google+ hangouts as a platform, teachers can take their students on virtual field trips to a number of educational locations around the nation. Today’s field trips include a dive into the Seattle Aquarium’s underwater exhibits and a visit at the Minnesota Zoo with the Black Bear.
For those of us who live in Los Angeles or other large cities, it’s hard to imagine choosing a virtual tour when the Museum of Natural History, Aquarium of the Pacific and Discover Science Center are mere minutes away, but for those who aren’t afforded these facilities or for schools who suffer budget cuts, this is a fantastic alternative to a textbook. Students can hear from subject experts while on a virtual live tour of museums, zoos, aquariums, planetariums and any other number of educational destinations.
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