Crowd Mics, an Arizona-based application that turns smartphones into wireless microphones for the audience to interact in a conference environment, won against strong competition.

The jury included industry professionals such as David Lutz, MD of Velvet Chainsaw Consulting, Kevin Jackson, VP of Business Development at George P. Johnson and event industry media leaders Sue Pelletier, Annie Byrne and Event Industry News Editor Adam Parry. As an industry first, Marja Verbon from Piton Capital was also part of the jury, signalling the great interest that venture capital is paying to event technology.

“The award has been a great success and celebrated the most innovative platforms on the market. The event industry is being profoundly changed by the contribution and innovation these companies are bringing along. Media, Event Professionals and Venture Capitalists are starting to realise that.” ​Julius Solaris, Editor of EventMB​ and founder of the award. He added: “It is one of the most exciting times to be involved in the event industry and the attention the award has received confirms how technology is changing perceptions and experiences.”

Tim Holladay, CEO and co-­founder of Crowd Mics, commented: “What an honor to be named Event Tech of the Year! It was a win for Crowd Mics to share the stage with amazing companies who are leading the industry. We are especially grateful to Julius and EventMB  for getting behind us. We have built a technology to solve a common problem in event and meeting everywhere. Our vision is to give a voice to the audience.” ​

Crowd Mics received prizes valued at $15,000. The award, although in its first year, gathered 30 submissions. The 4 other finalists included Catchbox, DoubleDutch, Glisser and Social Tables. The award also featured a public vote that collected over 1,500 votes. The public’s favourite was Weavent.