Becoming the Vice President of Event Planning for my sorority, Pi Beta Phi at Arizona State University, seemed like a dream come true. Who wouldn’t want to plan fun formals, date parties, and socials for all of your friends? However, coming into the position blindsided by all of the formal procedures, budget knowledge, and overall event planning knowledge the fun and creative job I had signed up for turned into an overwhelming mess. Searching for venues within my budget wasn’t a simple task but a matter of filling out RFPs and hoping to get a call back from venues. Even pricing was not a straightforward number but a complex equation factoring occasion, food, and guests. Overwhelmed with capacity charts and floor plans, I felt that there must be an easier way to go about planning events.
In January 2013, I heard of a new start up company, EventSpark, who could not only sympathize with my challenges as a non-professional event planner, but create an alternative and simplified way to plan events. By inputting the occasion, date, location, budget, and guests into their website, I was able to view real properties and have direct communication with the venues. EventSpark developed an algorithm to generate dynamic pricing and help venues maximize their profits through event space. Eliminating RFPs, capacity charts, and floor plans helps to ease visitors from an overwhelming experience. Eventspark also lists venue prices upfront allowing visitors to feel well informed about contacting a venue and planning their event.
Overall, my internship with EventSpark has been nothing short from rewarding. Working with inspiring people who truly believe in helping bring people and spaces together has been a great experience. From beginning as a non-professional and lost event planner to now helping make planning events easier has opened my eyes to this company’s services. EventSpark has already made an impact in simplifying space optimization and I can only imagine what the company has in store for the future.