Poken’s Digital ’Green Events’ Platform By Excel London

Excel London is now working with event technology company Poken UK to deliver a digital networking and ’touch and collect’ content sharing offering to live events at its venue, where visitors can swap digital business cards and collect digital content at a touch, and can access it on their computer or mobile device. Poken UK uses Near Field Communication (NFC) to enable event visitors to meet, connect and collect digital documents via its Poken USB devices. Poken says it reduces the need for printed collateral at events and can be integrated into social media such as Twitter and LinkedIn. Poken aims to increase participation and engagement and offers organisers a suite of reporting tools to understand activity from the event. Visitors to Excel London will see Poken technology installed around the halls and all future tenancies at the venue will be given the opportunity to enable their events with the technology. “At ExceL London we are committed to bringing new technology and a better experience to all of our organisers, exhibitors and visitors,” says Executive Director of Excel London, James Mark. “Working with Poken was an easy decision for us because of how simple and engaging it is to network with the device. Also the fact that we can reduce the overuse of paper is a win for all involved; Poken allows everyone to reduce their carbon footprint while still receiving the important required information.” Paul Davies, Director of Poken UK, says: “We are excited to be working with ExceL London to offer this unique proposition to event organisers. Poken adds to the face-to-face experience by igniting conversations, making...

Energy Saving Light Towers For Gigs And Festivals

Now event organisers have been told one way to cut their fuel use is to choose energy efficient towers for their rock gigs and festivals. Anyone who’s picked their way through a field full of tents after a music festival knows how tricky campsites can be in the dark. But temporary lighting at festivals can be wasteful, powered by inefficient diesel or petrol generators. The European Festivals Association has in the past issued a guide about going green and festivals like Shambala Music Festival in Northamptonshire have led the way with recycling. Ross Dryden, Ecolite Product Manager at Youngman Group said: “As round the clock festivals start across the UK, now is the time to be factoring in the most cost effective and environmentally sustainable lighting towers for events that may be limited by daylight hours.” He claimed some energy saving lights can dramatically cut running costs and carbon footprint by up to 80% compared to standard lighting towers. www.tcp.eu.com This post was produced from this story:...

OzHarvest Food Rescue

OzHarvest began when founding director Ronni Kahn decided she was not prepared to be part of the waste cycle that is a natural outcome of the hospitality industry. Being a part of this industry for over 20 years she had seen a lot of food wasted. So she spent time researching options for dealing with the excess food. There was no organisation in Sydney that could collect the food on a regular and professional basis so Ronni decided to set up a food rescue charity herself. Backed by The Macquarie Group Foundation which provided funds and Goodman International, which provided a van and office space, OzHarvest was established and collected its first meal in November 2004. Ronni was able to persuade a group of socially minded business people to sit on the board of OzHarvest. This voluntary board brings not only sound business disciplines to the management of OzHarvest but also compassion and generosity. Today OzHarvest is overseen by a board of socially minded business people to support the organisation and ensure sound business discipline, but also to bring compassion and generosity to the culture and management. They have grown to run a fleet of 11 vehicles and provide food to over 260 charities across Sydney and Wollongong, 55 in Newcastle, 47 in Adelaide and 22 in Brisbane. A meal is delivered for less than $1, 13 300 meals delivered per day, they have more than 240 recipient agencies and over 900 food donors. Caterers are sometimes nervous to donate food, however what has facilitated this programme working is that members of the community who donate food to charities...

Bags from Banners

Taking the initiative to store materials from last year’s event is providing organizations an opportunity to upcycle and resell unique products at their next event. Billboard Ecology are a company aiming to bring this vision to life by salvaging advertising billboards and creating individually styled tote bags along with other unique products. The Cherry Creek Arts Festival, one of the USA’s top arts festivals, held every year in Denver, has embraced this initiative. Over the years the event coordinator has collected banners and through Billboard Ecology, they have been repurposed into beach bags, shopping totes, and unique Kindle covers. These were all sold within the festival in the merchandise stands alongside the usual t-shirts, water bottles, posters and other items. An added advantage of this re-purposing of products is that sponsors of the events get another chance at their logo being displayed on one of these creatively inspired new products. Other festivals embracing the idea of repurposing their event banners include Belmar Italian Festival and Starz Film Festival who each have created custom tote bags and wine bottle bags given out as gifts at VIP events....

Asapana Palm Leaf Plates

Asapana are manufactures, traders & distributors of areca palm leaf plate products made from fallen palm leaves. Asapana is located in Goa, India and manufactures palm leaf plates in the Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Their products are distributed locally in India and exported wholesale globally to disposable product distributors for food industry, restaurant/catering supply companies, music festivals, business trade shows organisers, religious events, vegetarian fast food restaurants/chains and organic supermarkets. Palm leaf plates have been used at events such as the Kumbh Mela, one of the largest religious gatherings in the world, the Big Chill Music Festival in Goa & UK, along with Glastonbury Festival and Womad Festival in the UK. These disposable plates are naturally stylish, lightweight and durable. As a guilt free use-and-throw product, palm leaf plates can easily be composted and naturally biodegrade within 20 – 40 days....

Hydration Station

In 2011 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon started using water hydrants for fluid stations for competitors in place of bottled water.  They work closely with the City of Minneapolis Public Works Department to coordinate the use of the hydrants for event day.  Permits are filed for applications to use the hydrants. The city then tests, cleans and preps each location in anticipation of the event. The city also provides food grade hoses that they wash and sterilised before the event. Water is stored in 44 gallon plastic barrels that are lined with food grade liners. Pitchers are used to fill the runner’s cups. When not in use, the barrels are covered with lids. Apart from the waste savings, using hydrants prevents organisers the hard labour of having to open up, by hand from having to open over 6 000 bottles of water....

Water on Wheels

Water on Wheels, also known as ‘WOW’, is a mobile water service based in Canada. Founded in 2010, WOW is committed to minimising the use of commercially-bottled water at events by providing mobile water refill stations in key locations. WOW refill stations are utilised by festivals, corporate and athletic events, street shows and other public events to offer chilled and filtered water at no cost to event-goers. WOW refill stations each feature four faucets and are connected to existing water sources, such as fire hydrants, to ensure that water never runs out. Refill stations require no electricity to run, and enable event organisers to radically decrease or even eliminate the use of commercially-bottled water at their events. WOW also maintains a list of ‘Blue Communities’ – communities that have banned the use of commercially packaged bottled water, on which more than forty Canadian municipalities are listed. WOW provides an environmentally-friendly alternative to commercially-bottled water, and a large event serviced by WOW can save up to 25 000 bottles of commercially-packaged water....

Continental Clothing

Continental Clothing® designs, manufactures and sells wholesale t-shirts, jackets and singlets and with outstanding social and environmental manufacturing policies, their garments are not only fashionable but fair. Continental is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation, an organisation that monitors the manufacture and sale of clothing worldwide. As a member of the Fair Wear Foundation, Continental adheres to a code of conduct for fair labour standards, and has instated a Zero Tolerance policy on matters such as use of child labour, forced labour and employee discrimination. A commitment to sustainable manufacture and a keenness to reduce their carbon footprint led Continental to introduce the EarthPositive clothing range, which is 100% organic cotton with 90% reduced CO2. Low-impact organic farming and the use of renewable energy contribute to this reduction. Continental calculates that an EarthPositive t-shirt saves around 7kg of CO2 compared to a conventional cotton shirt. CO2 values for all Continental products can be viewed on their website. Continental products are available for wholesale purchase worldwide with a range of options for customising colour and design, making them ideal for those who wish to add embellishments, logos or images to their clothing....

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Lighting Towers

TCP Ecolite, produced by the Youngman Group, are the world’s first low-energy LED hydrogen fuel cell powered lighting towers. The towers are noiseless and their only exhaust emission is water vapour. The Hymera fuel cell produces energy by combining hydrogen with oxygen from the air to form electricity and water. There are no carbon or particulate emissions and as a result the process is virtually silent which is important for work at night or in built-up areas. This is the first time fuel cells have been integrated into a low energy, low voltage LED system and using only 150W of energy. Using Ecolite lowers can reduce running costs and GHG emissions but up to 80% over traditional diesel fuelled 1000 W lighting towers....

Mr Energy – Electric Picnic

Electric Picnic wanted to have a people powered dance tent, and in 2012 they got their wish. Electric Ireland was the official energy partner of the Festival 2012. They set up ‘Dancergy’ which included sixty four Sustainable Dance Floor modules. To get most energy out of the huge dance floor, Mr. Motivator was hired to heat up the crowd with a grooving fitness programme. Daily retro dancing sessions for the festival goers contributed to the Electric Picnic energy requirements of the festival....

YouPower

YouPower is the UK’s first renewable energy power generation and management system designed for the business event markets. Created by Pebble Productions, this clean-tech system is a hybrid of solar and kinetic technologies. The adapted green energy gym equipment includes recumbent and hand bike generators, together with a portfolio of fun adult playground rides. As delegates use these, their energy is transformed into electricity, which is then stored in batteries and used to power the audio-visual equipment at their conferences and meetings. The event attendee’s energy is transformed into electricity, which is stored in batteries and then this 100% renewable energy generated is used to power the audio-visual equipment at conferences and meetings. Delegates can go head to head in energy challenges, participate in individual or group time trials, or simply work as a team to generate an agreed overall event kWh target. This fully mobile system is designed to promote well-being and encourage a collaborative work ethic through gentle exercise and collective power generation challenges. The Kinetrics products are linked to a software display system, which can be customized with client or venue branding. The display screens provides real time feedback on the power generated, both individually and as a cumulative session total. Reports on the event’s power consumption are logged and a breakdown of the system’s output is also provided....

Energy Floors

Electric Picnic wanted to have a people powered dance tent, and in 2012 they got their wish. Electric Ireland was the official energy partner of the Festival 2012. They set up ‘Dancergy’ which included sixty four Sustainable Dance Floor modules. To get most energy out of the huge dance floor, Mr. Motivator was hired to heat up the crowd with a grooving fitness programme. Daily retro dancing sessions for the festival goers contributed to the Electric Picnic energy requirements of the festival. Romande Energie, a Swiss power supplier, wanted to realize a festival booth on The Paléo Festival in Nyon, Switzerland. Family Déco, together with the communication agency Parenthèse came up with a game-concept about generating as much energy possible by dancing within 2.30 minutes in a customised MiniClub along with image uploads online. Entering the tent, the visitors found a number of headphones, each playing a different song, and off they went dancing! The DJ booth was in front of a large screen with a digital energy meter....

Firefly Kinetrics – YouPower Playground

Firefly Solar has been on the leading edge of innovate energy solutions for events in the UK for a number of years. Initially just providing mobile solar power, their portfolio of solutions has expanded to include an entire playground on energy-creating entertainment. Their experiential people-powered playground hits the mark in many ways; providing energy for the event replacing fossil fuels and creating no GHGs; entertaining event attendees; demonstrating energy innovation; and educating attendees about renewable energy options. Unlocking the big kids within event attendees, their Kinetrics YouPower Playground harnesses the power of play while generating a useful supply of 12V electricity. TeedleGen: Based on the humble see-saw. HamGen: Formerly only available to our furry little friends, HamGen is an up-scaled, human-sized hamster wheel that allows the user to turn their footsteps into usable electrical power. WhirlyGen: Everyone loves the dizzying joy of a roundabout and the wonderful WhirlyGen is the roundabout generator that is certain to get event or experience guests in a right old spin....

Magnificent Revolution – Pedal Power

Magnificent Revolution (Mag Rev) has pedal power headquarters in London and Melbourne, with an ever-expanding network of side projects across Europe and Australia. Started in 2007 in Cambridge, UK, by a group of enthusiastic cyclists with an idea to create a drive-in cinema with bikes instead of cars. Magnificent Revolution pulls on the collective skills of educators, artists, event organisers, and engineers, and in 2011, a partner project started on the other side of the globe in Australia. Magnificent Revolution also run pedal power stages, educational workshops, art installations, and pedal powered smoothie stalls. With their strong emphasis on education through experience, Magnificent Revolution demonstrates that energy innovation can be better understood and accepted through creativity. By encouraging audiences to become an integral part of the performance, Magnificent Revolution presents pedal power as an interactive and tangible experience of sustainability for audiences young and old. Participants can feel directly the energy being consumed by the show, and need to work together to share the load. Mag Rev’s event’s production equipment is designed to be extremely energy efficiency, in order for the cyclists to directly power the show, often without the use of batteries. Generally, each cyclist produces 50 to 100 watts of energy, so an 8-bike system has about 400 watts continuous power with an 800 watt peak. This shows that even on an energy diet, we can still have a good time! The flow-on effects of pedal power are an event manager’s delight, providing much more that just green energy, but also having the potential to impact on transport, education and other sustainability indicators. Magnificent Revolution have designed...

Eco Charge Live

Eco Charge Live is a UK-based event producer that specialise in innovative ways to harness human energy for live shows and event experiences. With the guiding motto that ‘fun is the ultimate way to inspire action,’ Eco Charge Live supply customised kinetic installations that convert audience movement into electricity. An exciting example is the Kinetic E Dancefloor.  This is a dance floor that harnesses the movement from dancing to charge mobile phones, power lighting installations and provide engaging competitions on who can create the most energy. At FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium in 2012, Eco Charge Live installed the E Dancefloor for sponsor E.On Energy.  The ‘E.On Energy Fit Fans Stage’ invited football fans to show support for their team by generating as much energy as possible in 60 seconds on the kinetic dance floor. The energy generated by each team was stored in batteries and visually displayed on television screens to encourage competition. Participants were also informed on how much energy they had generated vs how much it takes to boil a kettle as well as other common energy usages, making it an educational exchange as well as entertaining. The team that made the most energy won £10,000 for their local community. Other kinetic event options from Eco Charge Live include human powered gaming, upcycled art installations and kinetic playground equipment.  By making their installations fun and engaging, Eco Change Live delivers sustainability messaging almost without the audience’s realising it....

Milkcrate Events – sustainable lighting

Milkcrate Events is an emerging event décor company based in Sydney, Australia. It’s business model aims to actively changing attitude’s towards waste by reusing it to make events beautiful. Milkcrate source waste and sustainably-produced materials to create unique event décor, including milk bottle festoon lighting and sculptures, bean bag seating and colorful bunting to add atmosphere to events. Their lighting installations use energy efficient LED technology. Milkcrate Events can also provide the production of energy for the event, through pedal or solar power. An ecological message is at the forefront of Milkcrate Events’s presence at their events and through demonstrating the beautiful potential of waste material, Milkcrate hope to inspire others to experiment with sustainable design. Milkcrate also hosts up-cycling and rubbish décor workshops at events to help audiences realise the potential repurposing of waste material. After all, sustainability requires a flip in the current consciousness from viewing resources as waste to seeing the next incantation of their life cycle....

Use the Water Monster at your UK event!

The mobile water distribution system for events and crowds. The WaterMonster system is the modern and efficient way of hydrating event participants and relief workers. We have developed the ideal method for delivering bulk water to any thirsty crowd. The WaterMonster units are easy to set up, maintain and use. Our water distribution tanks are scalable, environmentally responsible, cost effective and reduce staffing costs....

Have a go at Johnny on the Spot

It’s certainly not the FIRST thing on most people’s minds, but Portable Restrooms that utilize toilet paper and paper towels made from recycled paper as well as biodegradable chemicals are a step in the right direction. Also offered inside restrooms are hand sanitizer dispensers which reduce the need for water and waste paper towels. Our company, Johnny on the Spot, Inc, which services NJ, NY & PA, makes every effort to offer green solutions. Even our service vehicles are built to reduce emissions....

Book the Electric Hotel at your event

THE ELECTRIC HOTEL provides a practical charging service for mobile phones while simultaneously showing customers in various entertaining ways what electricity is all about. A recycled 1960 American Airstream trailer has been equipped with wind turbines, solar panels, a battery bank, lots of custom-build electronics, 400 charging bays, a hotel reception in Art-Deco-Style and very friendly staff. Most of the used components (except the staff and the hi-tech energy technology, but including the former-neon-now-LED-driven letters on the roof). Visitors can come to the reception with their discharged devices. Here, they need to fill in a check-in form, leaving their contact information. This is being transferred into software running on three check-in computers. Then, the right adapter for the device is being selected – clients do not need to bring their own, the reception has adapters for 95% of models in the market. The phone is being put into one of the 400 charging slots, which it has been assigned to by the software. The client gets a recollection coupon, and can walk away with the feeling that his device is being well catered for. And recollect a fully charged phone two hours later. The trailer is accompanied by several electricity-generating modules for personal use: the worlds first, one and only mobile water storage power plant, six meters high and containing 1.000 litres of water, which includes two firefighter-pumps dating from 1889 and 1902 a Generator-Bike, where one person has to peddle the power for up to 20 power-drawing phone chargers a power table with normal 230/110 Volts outlets, for visitors to plug-in their own adapters. Other equipment can be...
People Powered Conferences! YouPower By Pebble Productions

People Powered Conferences! YouPower By Pebble Productions

YouPower is the UK’s first renewable energy power generation and management system designed for the business event markets. Created by Pebble Productions, this clean-tech system is a hybrid of solar and kinetic technologies. The adapted green energy gym equipment includes recumbent and hand bike generators, together with a portfolio of fun adult playground rides. As delegates use these, their energy is transformed into electricity, which is then stored in batteries and used to power the audio-visual equipment at their conferences and meetings. The event attendee’s energy is transformed into electricity, which is stored in batteries and then this 100% renewable energy generated is used to power the audio-visual equipment at conferences and meetings. Delegates can go head to head in energy challenges, participate in individual or group time trials, or simply work as a team to generate an agreed overall event kWh target. This fully mobile system is designed to promote well-being and encourage a collaborative work ethic through gentle exercise and collective power generation challenges. The Kinetrics products are linked to a software display system, which can be customized with client or venue branding. The display screens provides real time feedback on the power generated, both individually and as a cumulative session total. Reports on the event’s power consumption are logged and a breakdown of the system’s output is also provided....