• 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.

Over the years, any corporate event planner can admit to spending countless hours researching the perfect venue or vendors for their gatherings. After attending or hosting hundreds of events, New York-based Daphne Hoppenot was no stranger to this research and was frustrated by its repetitive nature. However, it was planning her wedding in 2018 that pushed her to realize the lack of resources in the corporate events market compared to the wedding industry, and set out to see if other meetings and events professionals were struggling with the same problem.  

 

Freelancing has become a new ball game since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, as many companies cannot afford to keep full-time positions, but still need those tasks completed. Although many more professionals have had to join the freelancing community since March, Tracy Judge had the passion for the freelancing community two years ago–long before the pandemic hit–and founded her company Soundings Connect in order to directly connect meetings and events industry freelancers with customers. 

 

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.