Implementing strict sanitary protocols with the help of technology at Tallinn 2021

wiz-editor July 21, 2021 0

It’s been a two-week long marathon of access control and support at the U20 and U23 European Athletics Championships in Tallinn, Estonia, for our on-site operations team. Working together with our partners at European Athletics and the Tallinn 2021 Local Organizing Committee, Wiz-team implemented strict sanitary protocols to help keep athletes, officials, volunteers, and organizers as safe as possible amidst the ongoing covid-19 pandemic.

The U20 and U23 European Championships was attended by a combined 3100 athletes and officials from 46 countries across Europe and supported by over 1100 local volunteers, organizers, media, staff, and event service partners. Sanitary protocols required every on-site individual participating at the event to test every 48 to 72 hours. That’s well over 10,000 covid tests performed by local medical teams. These test results were then imported into Wiz-team’s all-in-one event management platform Event-Works several times a day, with some files containing over 700 rows of information! Each import set-off over 100 automated triggers that managed access and privilege rights across the 4000+ participants, giving time-bound access to the stadium and venues. Three entrance gates were monitored and nearly 35,000 scans of accreditations were completed to help ensure everyone who entered the venue were cleared to do so.

Delivering a safe event under the ever-changing conditions of a global pandemic is no easy feat. It requires teamwork, cooperation, communication, and resilience between people and systems. As Wiz-Team Delivery Manager Valentina Rios, who spent the full two-weeks on-site, says: “The success of the U20 and U23 championships depended on our collective ability to adapt and change on the fly. Not only was Event-Works flexible enough to keep up with changes to the process and procedures as we learned more about the challenges on the ground, but our partners at European Athletics and Tallinn 2021 could problem-solve through technology to help stay ahead of testing and other logistical challenges. Additionally, our collective ability to work together as a team and communicate over the course of the event was crucial.

At Wiz-Team, we appreciate every opportunity to challenge our system and our operations teams to get better and learn ways to keep event organizers and participants as safe as possible through technology. 

Photo: Tallinn 2021 / Getty Images 

Wiz-Team delivers VIP access control solution for prestigious Masters in Chantilly

wiz-editor July 16, 2021 0

Last week, Wiz-Team supported important operations at the Masters de Chantilly, a world-class show-jumping event held from 8 to 11 July in France. The event attracted a significant number of VIPs and high-profile partners including representatives from brands like Rolex and Hermes. Wiz-Team’s event management solution  Event-Works served to manage the invitations and sponsor portal prior to the competition, including the assignments of the sessions to which certain guests were invited to. During the event, Wiz-Team ensured safe and smooth access control for these high-profile attendees and all the other participants.

Here is a snapshot of the accomplished operations delivered by Wiz-Team:

  • 200 VIP invitations
  • 375 accreditations
  • 500 onsite registrations
  • 3000 access control scans
  • 2 accredited dogs

The accreditations also covered competitors and their entourage, staff and media. Wiz-Team controlled the access to stables, the tribune, press zone and hospitality areas via the use of different QR codes.

Tim Goethals, COO of Wiz-Team who supported the operations on the ground, said: At Wiz-Team, it’s all about being a people-centric organisation first, despite the fact that we are an event management software provider. Aligning people with technology and processes is the key to a flawless level of services. It’s about ensuring control and smooth operations in the most discrete way.

Wiz-Team supports operations of first pop-up House of Switzerland

wiz-editor July 6, 2021 0

For the first time, an exclusive pop-up House of Switzerland just opened its doors in the German city of Stuttgart and Wiz-Team is proud to support several operations of this innovative project. Organised by “Presence Switzerland”, a unit of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs responsible for promoting Switzerland’s image abroad, the House of Switzerland aims to promote Swiss culture and business cooperation with the neighbouring region of Baden-Württemberg.

Over a four-month period, a varied programme of around 100 events will be organised on topics of common interest, with a strong focus on innovation and sustainability. The almost 2,000m2 space in the heart of the city will also host interactive exhibitions, workshops and be home to an array of Swiss culinary delights. According to the organisers, Stuttgart will be the first stop of a European roadshow, with the pop-up House of Switzerland also set to visit cities in Italy, France and elsewhere.

Wiz-Team is supporting this new initiative by providing its event management solution Event-Works for the areas of registration, accreditation and badge printing, communication, and the scheduling of sessions. For Stuttgart, the entire platform runs smoothly in German thanks to Wiz-Team’s multilingual module.

In addition to being part of this exciting project, Wiz-Team will also support the operations of the House of Presence Switzerland during the World Expo in Dubai, to kick off on 1 October 2021. This six-month festival will celebrate human brilliance and achievements in the fields of architecture, technology, innovation, music, arts and more.

JOHANN

CEO

As the founder and CEO of Wiz-Team, Johann has been a part of this adventure long before the start of the organisation 10 years ago. This dynamic and fast-growing company was born out of gap in the market Johann and his colleagues experienced as event managers in the early 2000s.  With little tools available to effectively manage the demands and challenges of data management for complex events, they decided to build their own solution. 

Shortly thereafter Johann created Event-Works and later Wiz-Team with the vision to deliver world class digital solutions built by event professionals for event professionals. From Wiz-Team headquarters in his hometown Lausanne, he oversees a global network of developers and experts, who support the organisations mission to empower event professionals through smart, intuitive, and innovative digital solutions. 

Johann’s expertise in event data management is outstanding.  He has delivered innovative event management solutions to every Olympic Games edition since 2004 alongside a range of other international events. Having worked across many sectors, including sports federations, the medical congress industry, corporate companies, and government agencies, he has acquired a wide-ranging background and an exceptional experience in various types and sizes of events. Before he set up Wiz-Team, Johann specialised in web and database development, as well as project management in the luxury industry, and teaching.

Johann holds an MBA in international management and speaks English, French and some German. In his spare time, he enjoys scuba diving, discovering the world on a motorbike, gaming and exploring new technologies.