• JetSmarter is the Latest Development in the Sharing Economy

     
    FROM THE Fall 2016 ISSUE
     

    It's a jet, it's a plane, it's a super app. 

There really is an app for everything. With your smartphone or tablet, you can order food, cars, and now even private jets with JetSmarter. The platform was launched in 2013 by entrepreneur Sergey Petrossov and has quickly become known as “the Uber of private planes.”

Though it currently costs a whopping $10,000 for an annual membership (plus a one-time initiation fee of $5,000), being able to book a flight in approximately three minutes (and avoiding the airport hoopla) might be worth it. In the future, Petrossov says he looks to find more ways to make charter flights more accessible to everyone, including the idea of “jet sharing.”

For now, JetSmarter has had more than 800,000 downloads and expanded into the Chicago market earlier this year with daily arrivals and departures between Midway International Airport and Westchester County Airport in New York.

Whether dabbling with an augmented reality app, getting up to speed on the complexities of 5G service or employing cocktail-mixing robots, planners are no strangers to emerging technology. As meetings and events become increasingly tech-driven affairs, we’ve checked in with top event production pros for their takes on the latest event tech trends and what’s to come in the year ahead. 

 

The atmosphere at relaxed Avondale neighborhood eatery Pisolino may remind you of a charming, laid-back European bistro—and for good reason.

Chef and co-owner James De Marte spent over a decade cooking his way through Italy to craft and hone the skills on full display at the cozy restaurant today. “The restaurant is truly his dream-turned-reality and a showcase of his love for Italian cuisine,” says co-owner Rachel De Marte.

 

There’s no better way to build team spirit than with a can of spray paint and a blank canvas. Native 312 Events gives groups a chance to foster community and creativity while learning about one of Chicago’s most widely seen forms of art: graffiti.

Javier Dominguez and Adam Dittman founded Native 312 Events nearly two years ago after working together on events for more than eight years. They now provide Urban Art Workshops to a variety of clientele, including collegiate groups and corporate teams.