It was a whirlwind and dynamic week at EVOLVE 2019 for the team at The Event Ecosystem beginning with an informative and eye opening keynote speech on the Third Industrial Age from founder Harris Meitanis on Monday, to a visit from A.C.T.A ambassador and ARIA award winning musician, Megan Washington (who was across the road penning her Opus for Opera Queensland) and on Tuesday night, a stunning win — The Event Ecosystem won the National Award for Innovation in Events for their groundbreaking platform, A.C.T.A.
This after taking down the NSW State Award for Innovation last month! Phew!
Three epic days for the events and entertainment industry culminated in an amazing gala dinner in the ballroom of the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Center, held to recognise the country’s best and fairest. With 1000 event professionals in attendance, awards were dished out in categories from Best Corporate Event of the Year to Best Audio Visual Achievement and Government Event of the Year.
The national MEA Award for Innovation is a welcome boost of industry recognition for The Event Ecosystem’s vision in adopting peer-to-peer technology within the Events and Entertainment industries. However, it’s the unique technology that A.C.T.A and G.E.T are built on that makes The Event Ecosystem’s platforms truly special.
They are the first booking platforms to adopt frontline blockchain technology, ensuring security and transparency for all parties and allowing clients and suppliers direct communication, contracting and payment facilities. This is coupled with a patented CMS designed specifically to deliver the artist/service in a professional capacity. The platforms totally eliminate the need for middle men and hold no funds in escrow, ultimately culminating in the world’s first P2P talent bookings platforms which work autonomously and FOC on behalf of the artists.
Whilst A.C.T.A services celebrities and media personalities, G.E.T is home to all categories of performance talent including cover bands, DJs, speakers, magicians, circus acts and more.
Since launching G.E.T on February 19 at AIME 2019, the platform has welcomed over 800 new talent members, from musicians and DJs, to magicians and clowns.
A.C.T.A has recently welcomed over 50 new celebrities, including Hamish and Andy, Adam Goodes, Craig Johnston, Tom Thumb, Jordan Raskopoulos, Fiona O’Loughlin, Fifi Box and Carrie Bickmore. These top Australian celebrities join existing household celebrity talent from music and comedy to sports and film, who have already shown support that include Paul McDermott, Megan Washington, Sophie Monk, Olympic champion Michael Klim and UFC Middleweight Champ Robert Whittaker — all embracing the innovation.
“There’s no greater accolade, than one bestowed upon you by your colleagues and by those who your work is designed to serve,” Meitanis stated on stage, accepting the award on behalf of the 20+ staff and Advisory Board. “The Event Ecosystem’s platforms were built specifically for an industry we’re extremely passionate about, and to receive this award, as well as the NSW State Award and continuous plaudits and adoption by our peers justifies to me personally that I wasn’t crazy after all – people are actually excited to embrace the future.”
On Monday, day 1 at EVOLVE 2019, Harris spoke to delegates about the Third Industrial Revolution, aka The Information Age which, for over 40 years now has called for the embrace of frictionless sharing of information — the bedrock on which the digital age rests.
“We have too long been subject to slow, tangled processes and some unscrupulous behaviour,” says Meitanis. “Freedom and control of information is the defining characteristic of this The Information Age and we have a duty to our beloved industries, to keep innovating and evolving processes so that all parties are able to work safer, easier and freely in order to create incredible and memorable events.”
Throughout the conference, T.EE.’s booth was alive with event industry professionals chatting with T.E.E’s senior project managers Michael Westerway and Laura Chung as well Marketing and Relationships Director, Joel Cangy.
When Megan Washington popped by to say G’day, talk quickly moved to her explaining the importance of the A.C.T.A and G.E.T platforms for both celebrity artists and talent.
“For an artist, the sharing of performance and logistical documentation in a quick and safe manner is crucial to achieving the very best performance,” Washington says. “Knowing that this information is being handled and stored safely by these platforms is new and refreshing, which is crucial to feeling safe as an artist.”
“The Event Ecosystem wouldn’t exist without the support of both clients and talent, who are eager for its success,” said Meitanis. “It was lovely for our A.C.T.A ambassador, Megan Washington, to take some time away from her Opera Queensland duties to meet with delegates and explain how the content management system really helps both clients and talent improving the way we all work in procuring, delivering and managing talent for events.”
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About Harris Meitanis: For over 20 years, Harris Meitanis has looked after many artists as a solicitor, owned and operated both a record company and music publishing company, managed the careers of some of Australia’s favourite artists and even executive produced and released music himself. Since 1999, he has built A.P.E Events and Entertainment before founding The Event Ecosystem with an Advisory Board dedicated to transforming and disrupting global event services.