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12 Creative Ideas for using Technology to create an Engaging Exhibition Stand on a Budget

Using technology to create an engaging and interactive exhibition stand on a limited budget can be a challenging task, but with creative planning, it’s entirely possible. Whether you’re showcasing your company’s products, services, or digital capabilities, these cost-effective ideas will help you make a lasting impression without breaking the bank.


  1. Interactive Demonstrations: Set up interactive kiosks or touchscreens to showcase your offerings. These can be loaded with engaging content to demonstrate your capabilities. Affordable tablets or iPads work well for this purpose.
  2. Virtual Reality (VR) or Augmented Reality (AR): Immerse visitors in your digital world with VR or AR experiences. While high-end VR headsets can be costly, budget-friendly options like Google Cardboard or smartphone-based AR apps are available.
  3. Live Webinars or Demos: Host live webinars or demonstrations on a designated stage area within your stand. This allows you to showcase your expertise and engage with visitors in real time, using free or low-cost webinar platforms.
  4. Interactive Games or Quizzes: Develop digital games or quizzes related to your offerings and the target audience. Visitors can participate, learn, and compete for prizes. These games can run on tablets or laptops.
  5. Content Sharing Stations: Provide stations where visitors can easily access and download your digital content, such as whitepapers, case studies, or reports. QR codes or USB drives can facilitate quick access.
  6. Augmented Reality Business Cards: Create augmented reality business cards that visitors can scan with their smartphones to access interactive content related to your services and technology.
  7. User-Generated Content: Encourage visitors to share their experiences on social media using a branded hashtag. Set up a photo booth or selfie station for this purpose.
  8. DIY Interactive Elements: Explore DIY solutions like Raspberry Pi-powered displays or Arduino-based interactive installations. These can be cost-effective ways to create unique interactive experiences.
  9. Content Creation Workshops: Offer short workshops or sessions where visitors can learn to create digital content using tools and techniques in your field. This could include data visualization, infographic design, or basic coding.
  10. Partnerships: Collaborate with tech companies or startups that align with your goals. They may be willing to contribute to your stand in exchange for exposure.
  11. Reuse and Repurpose: Maximize your budget by designing a modular stand that can be reconfigured for different events or throughout the year. This way, you can get the most out of your investment.
  12. Analytics and Feedback: Utilize digital tools to collect visitor data and feedback to continually improve the stand’s effectiveness over time.

When implementing these ideas, prioritize the ones that align most closely with your goals and can reflect your brand. Additionally, stay attuned to emerging technologies and trends in the exhibition and events industry, as they may offer cost-effective opportunities to enhance your stand’s digital capabilities in the future. Creating a captivating exhibition stand on a budget is all about creativity and innovation.

Expo is one of the UK’s leading exhibition stand suppliers, supplying the full range of exhibition stand solutions to many trade shows. We have been designing and installing exhibition stands for nearly 30 years, so we know what works and how to make your stand work for you. Contact us today for more info.