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Ten years ago, when celebrating the 10th anniversary of my company, Elias Events, I wrote an article about the 10 changes I witnessed over the years. Now at the 20-year mark, I feel the need to write another article.  This time around the changes in the Special Events industry are astounding and to say advances in technology is a driving force behind special events in 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 product flow but also others can be used at actual events, thereby allowing you to Keep Up With the WOW!

Let’s start with the obvious, smartphones and the world of apps did not exist 10 years ago.  With the advent of the iPhone and its subsequent many iterations, the world of planning events has completely changed.  Well, frankly, life in general has! At no other time in history could an event be planned from a device that fits in the palm of your hand.

Much to the chagrin of the NTSB, drones are here to stay; and I for one am excited about this device.  For outdoor events, they are a perfect way to capture all aspects.  If done correctly and within safety guidelines, they can also be used to transports items like drinks, as well. Unbelievable shows like the synchronized lighted drones show at the Olympics and Super Bowl are taking entertainment to a whole new level.

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