3 questions to… Yannick Genot, Global Account Manager at Wiz-Team

April 12, 2021

3 questions to… Yannick Genot, Global Account Manager at Wiz-Team

April 12, 2021

Why did you join Wiz-Team in 2019?

I was using Event-Works in the European Institution I was working for and I always got a good impression when meeting co-founders Johann and Tim. At some point, I wanted another challenge in my professional life and Wiz-Team offered me the opportunity to evolve and see another aspect of event data management that I was very curious about.

What do you do at Wiz-Team’s Brussel office?

My role involves first and foremost communicating with clients to understand their needs and supporting them with tailor-made solutions aligned and integrated with their processes. That includes discussing and developing new projects, adapting the front-end and back-end of our platform according to our clients’ needs, explaining and applying GDPR recommendations, and managing the events database. I’m also the day-to-day contact point for our Brussels-based clients, which include the European Parliament and European Commission.

What’s one thing that has surprised you about working at Wiz-Team and that you’ve learned through your experience here so far?

I am used to working in a multicultural and diverse environment, and I was very happy to see that my colleagues were from all over the world with different backgrounds and experience. One of the greatest lesson’s Wiz-Team has taught me so far is that a dedicated small team with the right skills can achieve great things.

Wiz-Team and EA share event learnings amidst COVID pandemic

March 29, 2021

Wiz-Team and EA share event learnings amidst COVID pandemic

March 29, 2021

During last week’s Open Question Webinar organised by Wiz-Team, European Athletics Logistics & Events Senior Coordinator Marie Anne Midy shared her learnings from the European Athletics Indoor Championships 2021, held earlier this month in Toruń, Poland. In particular, she explained how Wiz-Team’s event management platform “Event-Works” (EW) facilitated the automation and monitoring of COVID-19 testing and the management of access control to venues within the pandemic context.

“It was the first time we operated a physical event since the pandemic outbreak”, said Marie Anne. “It was quite challenging, and we learnt a lot, but we managed it successfully.”

She shared: “The keys to this success were the integration of each participant’s medical data into Event-Works; providing a QR-Code on the accreditation card linked to this data and controlling access accordingly; and the professional on-the-ground assistance by Wiz-Team.”

More than 2000 participants underwent a comprehensive testing regime prior and during the event. The results of the tests were entered manually into the system. If a test was positive, access would be automatically denied when scanning the accreditation’s QR code at one of the 13 venue access points. “It was a very user-friendly system, but make sure you have more than enough volunteers at hand to be able to operate all access points and to combine the sanitary and security check for the participants’ comfort”, advised Marie Anne to the 30 or so event experts participating in the webinar.

For the athletes’ warm-up zone with restricted space, access control proved more complex, and athletes were only allowed to enter this zone ahead of their competition, in order to ensure compliance with the social distancing rules.

Considering the sensitive nature of medical data, Wiz-Team founder and CEO Johann Woringer clarified: “All of the data processed by Wiz-Team is in a secure cloud. In addition, Event-Works allows us to clearly define who can see which kind of data. In Toruń, only the medical team was granted access to the medical data. Post-event, all this data was deleted.”

In the future, it is aimed to automate the medical data integration into Event-Works via a specific API in order to speed up this process.

Click here to read the detailed case study.

Wiz-Team to partner with WeTrack

March 16, 2021

Wiz-Team to partner with WeTrack

March 16, 2021

Wiz-Team and WeTrack announced today that they will team up to optimise the planning and delivery of events around the world. It’s about complementing each other’s expertise, software and services in order to provide smart turnkey solutions to current and future clients.

WeTrack provides planning and operations software to major events, venues and organisations, with products incorporating planning, sustainability, readiness, and event control which links well with Wiz-Team’s know-how and its all-in-one event management platform “Event-Works”. In addition, and just like Wiz-Team, WeTrack has many clients in the world of sport.

Tim Goethals, COO of Wiz-Team, said on the occasion of the announcement: “We constantly strive to optimise event operations, be it through technological innovations, by developing the skills of our team members or forming new partnerships. We look forward to working closely with WeTrack, making the best use of their impressive expertise in event planning, risk management and incident control.”

Peter Ward, Managing Director of WeTrack, commented: “After first meeting Tim back in 2018 at a conference, I’ve been constantly impressed with his and his team’s integrity and industry knowledge. Wiz-Team and WeTrack now share a number of clients, predominantly in Europe, and it made sense to partner up and start exploring how we can integrate better to improve the experience of our clients.”

Learn more about WeTrack.

Wiz-Team supports delivery of “virtual” Swiss Cyber Security Days

March 10, 2021

Wiz-Team supports delivery of “virtual” Swiss Cyber Security Days

March 10, 2021

The Swiss Cyber Security Days (SCSD), bringing together Switzerland‘s leading expertise in cyber security in an international environment, kicked off today. The delivery of this high-profile, virtual event has been supported by Wiz-Team’s event management solution “Event-Works” for registration, ticketing, and payment.

The conference is streamed via a new innovative networking and business platform called “SCSD365”. Wiz-Team has created a specific, highly customised API, which allows for a high-speed, accurate, and secure access to important event information connecting Event-Works with the SCSD365 virtual platform.

“With data privacy and security being core elements of Wiz-Team’s solutions, it has been a fascinating experience to contribute to the delivery of this important event for a second time in a row”, says Wiz-Team COO Tim Goethals. He adds: “Last week we were back on the ground supporting the delivery of a physical international sport event in Poland, this week we are again 100% in the virtual space. That’s the new normal and our versatile event management solution allows us to adjust quickly to different situations and needs.”

This year’s SCSD themes focus on global hacking and national sovereignty, with the second conference day devoted to SME security.  The line-up of top level speakers include Federal Councillor Ueli Maurer, André Kudelski, Chairman and CEO of the Kudelski Group and President of Innosuisse, and many more senior experts from organisations such as Interpol, the WEF, the Geneva Center for Security Policy, the CyberPeace Institute and the European Space Agency.

Wiz-Team in action at European Athletics Indoor Championships

March 5, 2021

Wiz-Team in action at European Athletics Indoor Championships

March 5, 2021

It’s been a year of working virtually and no major sport events but this week, Wiz-Team is pleased to be back on the ground supporting long-time partner European Athletics and the local organising committee with their European Athletics Indoor Championships Toruń 2021 kicking off today in Poland. Wiz-Team’s Event-Works technology is being used creatively to manage accommodation, travel, accreditations, access control, the organisation of sessions and the implementation of sanitary measures adjusted to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In numbers, that’s 15 scanning devices used with Event-Works Accreditation to automate and monitor testing and safety protocols across 13 venue access points in order to keep more than 2200 athletes, staff, officials, and event stakeholders safe.

Wiz-Team is providing European Athletics and the Local Organising Committee with all the tools they need to create and manage COVID-19 PCR testing workflows for accurate and up-to-date monitoring of participants’ health. Through its solutions, Wiz-Team is also helping to ensure communication remains consistent and efficient with critical information and PCR results being shared instantaneously to stay at all times one-step-ahead of COVID-19.

This event is proving an invaluable learning experience and a demonstration of how the different Event-Works modules can be used to track the movement of people within and around the European Athletics Indoor Championships, where a maximum capacity of attendants has been set in order to respect the social distancing protocols and other COVID-19 policies put in place.

It’s taken five PCR and LAMP tests and counting to get there, but Wiz-Team’s Head of Operations Ameline is on the ground to support with training volunteers, troubleshooting and jumping in to help wherever its needed. A great opportunity to experience first-hand operations of a major sport event held during the pandemic.

3 questions to… Johann Woringer, founder and CEO of Wiz-Team

February 4, 2021

3 questions to… Johann Woringer, founder and CEO of Wiz-Team

February 4, 2021

What was the biggest lesson learnt in 2020?

To see the glass half full! There were very little operations between March and December, but our development team has never been so busy as all resources were available to work on new product features and focus on developing Event-Works. Being resilient and flexible are two other important lessons from 2020. The team went beyond normal duties to create user guides, conduct trainings, Q&A webinars, and revamp our branding including a new website.

How did Wiz-Team tackle the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic?

As part of its strategy, Wiz-Team has always diversified its client portfolio between software licenses and services and working across multiple industries. This diversification has been extremely helpful. We’ve also taken this time to prepare for when events do resume, worked on internal processes, hired four new brilliant staff members and moved offices.

Looking ahead to 2021, what are Wiz-Team’s plans?

This year will be about making sure Event-Works becomes the reference for accessibility in event management solutions, that we continue to develop our application infrastructure and provide new automated and time-saving tools to organisations and event professionals. Wiz-Team is also going to grow with a few experts joining the team and some exciting new projects and partnerships… watch this space!

Check out Wiz-Team’s case study on the Lausanne 2020 YOG

January 21, 2021

Check out Wiz-Team’s case study on the Lausanne 2020 YOG

January 21, 2021

It has been one year since a record of over 1,800 athletes from 79 countries gathered in Lausanne (Switzerland) for the third edition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG). Wiz-Team is proud to have contributed to the smooth operations of the organisers. Its event management solution “Event-Works” was used to conduct the registration of, and data collection from, 4000 volunteers who, during the Games, were deployed across five sports clusters and other important locations such as the athletes’ villages, the airport and train stations.

Wiz-Team’s software provided a new, user-friendly sign-up process and enabled the efficient collection of key information from this important stakeholder group who help make the Games a reality. The data collected included details for accreditation, uniform sizes, validation of shift assignments and uniform pick-up dates. Conditional tabs were also used to collect only the necessary information, like parental consent forms for minors.

Click here to read the full case study, including the feedback of the organisers

New partnership between Wiz-Team and TPT Hub to boost events industry

January 14, 2021

New partnership between Wiz-Team and TPT Hub to boost events industry

January 14, 2021

Wiz-Team and TPT Hub are joining forces to provide integrated, user-friendly and innovative turnkey solutions to the events industry. Both companies have decades of on-the-ground experience at major international events and share a common goal of leveraging the power of technology to optimise and empower event planning and operations teams all over the world.

TPT Hub provides software for transport and fleet operations management that simplifies fleet management, communication and logistics. Their forward-thinking software delivers intelligent solutions to the events world and can be customised to specific needs.

Tim Goethals, COO of Wiz-Team, said on the occasion of the announcement: “As our services complement each other, Wiz-Team and TPT Hub’s partnership seemed a natural fit. Thanks to this collaboration, we will be able to provide our current and future clients smart transport solutions, which always constitute an important element of event planning and delivery. We are looking forward to working with TPT Hub to help the events industry optimise its operations.”

Konstantin Voronov, CEO of TPT Hub, added: “The integration of SaaS platforms is where the events world is going right now at a very quick pace. Wiz-Team is at the forefront of cutting-edge software simplifying operations for event organisers. At TPT Hub, we believe the success of any event begins and ends with transport. With our specialised transport programme now being able to integrate with our partner’s suite of scalable software, we can provide any organiser with all the tools to manage their event operations with greater efficiency.”

JOHANN

CEO

As founder and CEO of Wiz-Team, Johann has more than fifteen years of experience in event data management, working with sports federations, the medical congress industry, corporate companies and government agencies. The diversity of these industries has provided him with a wide-ranging background and an exceptional experience in various types and sizes of events. Johann delivered innovative event management solutions to every Olympic Games since 2004. His previous experience includes web and database development, as well as project management in the luxury industry, and teaching. 

From the Wiz-Team headquarters in the Olympic Capital, Lausanne (Switzerland), Johann manages a global network of developers, translating complex data management requirements into solutions built by event professionals, specifically for event professionals.

Johann holds an MBA in international management and speaks English and French. In his spare time, he enjoys scuba diving and is passionate about new technologies.