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Event tech developer Poken wins £700k research grant

Swiss government awards grant to collaboration between Poken and microelectronics laboratory CSEM

Pictured: Poken's social engagement tool in action

Event tech company Poken has been handed a US$1 million (£700k) boost from the Swiss government to develop its products.

Poken, which develops apps and provides registration and badge-printing software plus social engagement, is collaborating with Swiss microelectronics laboratory CSEM on its ‘Touch-to-Collect’ microchip and near field communication and beacon event engagement tools.

Founder and CEO Stephane Doutriaux said: “We have been providing events and trade-shows with the most advanced ‘digital show-bag’, lead-generation, networking, and engagement capabilities for many years. Poken’s product range will now be expanded to include cashless payment and check-in access control for venues, allowing the company to address new markets including larger trade shows, concerts and sporting events.”

The money, awarded in the form of a research grant, will allow Poken to concentrate on miniaturisation and low-power consumption, Doutriaux added.

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