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In this issue:
  • NEW ARTICLE: Social Media Increasingly Becoming Event-Centric
  • NEW PODCAST: Top Technology Trends Transforming The Events Industry 
  • NEW VIDEO INTERVIEW: Mobile and Social's Impact on Event
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Meetings Tech HQ - The First Mobile-First Social Network for Events Industry Professionals Launches To Foster Deeper Industry Unity


Dedicated Social Network Only for Events Industry Professionals Launches To Foster Deeper Industry Unity.


Austin-based technology company, Skoop, team up with reputed industry influencer, Corbin Ball to build “Meetings Tech HQ” which is the first ever dedicated social networking platform created for event industry professionals globally.

(Austin, Texas) March 11, 2016 – Skoop, in partnership with highly reputed events industry influencer Corbin Ball, CMP, CSP announced today the launch of a dedicated social network just for events industry professionals called “Meetings Tech HQ”.

Meetings Tech HQ is the only customized micro social network built around a single industry that combines a highly relevant newsfeed, live polling, calendaring/scheduling capabilities and a messenger feature into one centralized platform.  Through its cloud based private community and highly intuitive front end mobile apps, Meetings Tech HQ plans to serve the events industry with its first ever dedicated social network designed to drive higher relevancy and conversations within its audience.

Powered by micro community builder Skoop, Meetings Tech HQ is available on Android and IOS today.

According to Corbin Ball, meetings technology analyst, I am excited and pleased to offer this mobile-first social network to the events community. It is my hope that it will be an easy and convenient place to connect, share and learn from each other.  I invite all meeting and tradeshow professionals interested in technology to download the app, stop by and check it out.”

According to Neil Patwardhan, founder and chief executive officer of EmBazaar Inc., the company that created SKOOP, "We wanted to build a mobile first event community where members are united on one easy to use platform and communicate year round.  This greatly reduces the dependency on email and other less engaging forms of communication.  We decided to partner with Corbin Ball to drive relevant content and conversations on one dedicated easy to use mobile app. Given the rise of noise on other social networks, this is a refreshing one stop show for meetings tech information that’s already set up.”

Key features in the app include: Heartbeat, which is a social feed containing user generated posts and news; Schedule, where members can view and RSVP to Corbin’s presentations, Polls, a feature that allows a user to get instant feedback from the community about any topic they desire, Messenger, a powerful chat function to co-ordinate and communicate with anybody in the community, Sub News-feeds to drive relevant conversations with fellow members and greater user curation.

In addition, when users register for the Meetings Tech HQ built by Skoop, they are not required to “friend” or “follow” individual users; rather, they are given access to content from all members of that community.  This promotes easy access to breaking news within the app.  


A few images of what the Meetings Tech HQ App looks like:




 About Corbin Ball:

Corbin Ball, CSP, CMP, DES, MS is an international speaker, consultant and writer helping clients worldwide use technology to save time and improve productivity. With 20 years of experience running international technology meetings, he now is a highly acclaimed speaker with the ability to make complex subjects understandable and fun.  His articles have appeared in hundreds of national and international publications and he has been quoted in theU.S. News & World Report, Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today and others. He is the only person to have received both the MPI International Supplier of the Year and the MPI International Chapter Leader of the Year awards. Corbin was named as one of "The 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry" for 2012 by Successful Meetingsmagazine, having received this award four times previously.He was named as aMeetings Trendsetter 2015by Meetings Focus Magazine and one ofTop 30 CMP Influencersby the CIC.

About Skoop for Events:

With the aim to solve year round audience relevancy and engagement, Skoop for Events was created via a think-tank of industry experts. Since a highly publicized launch in March 2015, Skoop has started to work with several clients ranging from tradeshows, expos, festival and corporate events to build year round engaging communities.

About EmBazaar, Inc.

Austin technology company, EmBazaar, builds micro social communities for entities of every size.  Responding to users hunger for personally relevant social media content, EmBazaar released its first product Skoop for College in 2014.  Skoop for college students is a social-networking app for campus-specific news, events and a student-only

marketplace.  Sensing a need in the large event and festival space, Skoop for Events was released in March 2015 to great success at SXSW 2015.  Skoop City, an unofficial social network for the city, became the third platform for Skoop to expand in with initial launch in Austin, Texas and Pune, India end of May, 2015.

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Skoop by EmBazaar Inc.

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Corbin Ball and Co.

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