Meet the Judges

  • TechWatch Live Judges

    As you may have seen, our Tech Watch Award has a new look this year. Now TechWatch Live, we are giving tech services and providers to the events industry the opportunity to pitch their ideas live to a panel of judges.

    But who is on that panel?

  • Dahlia El Gazzar

    Founder of DAHLIA+ Inc.

    Dahlia has an OMG-attitude about tech and practical solutions.

    With more than a decade of experience in the meetings industry, Dahlia has held roles on the planner side as well as on the supplier side. She has been known in the events industry as the 'go-to' source for tech news, and solutions for busy event professionals.

    Corbin Ball

    Speaker and consultant

    Corbin Ball has been involved with IBTM’s Tech Watch Award for many years and is an expert in the technology field. He is a highly acclaimed international speaker, consultant and writer, helping clients worldwide use technology to save time and improve productivity. With 20 years of experience running international technology meetings, he has the ability to make complex subjects understandable and fun.

    Edward Poland

    Co-founder and COO of Hirespace

    Edward Poland is the co-founder and COO of, where he leads on brand strategy, marketing and commercial partnerships. Prior to this, he worked as a speechwriter for UNESCO and for the UK parliament. Edward is a host of the EventLAB podcast, and a regular speaker on marketing, entrepreneurship and events in London. 

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