Corbin's January/Februrary 2015 TechTalk Newsletter
 
Volume XVII, Issue 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Corbin's TechTalk Newsletter providing the latest in technology to nearly 11,000 events, tradeshows and hospitality professionals in over 70 countries. This issue is packed with articles, links, videos and ideas on how you can use technology to improve the business process for events and tradeshows. 
 
In this issue:
  • NEW ARTICLE: The Internet of Things and its Impact on Events
  • NEW VIDEO: The Balance Between Relationships and Technology
  • NEW VIDEO: Wearable Computing for Events
  • NEWS
  • 21 LINKS FOR MEETINGS, BUSINESS AND FUN
  • QUOTES OF THE MONTH
  • RECENT ARTICLES WITH "QUOTES FROM CORBIN"
  • SUBSCRIBE AND THE FINE PRINT

Hundreds of billions of sensors are deploying quietly. They will track our every move and monitor almost everything with which we interact. The Internet of Things (IOT) will transform society and will have a significant impact on tradeshows and events. As everything links with everything else, this will be the next big technology revolution! This article covers its impact on events, meeting facilities and society in general.

 
NEW VIDEO: 

NEW VIDEO: Wearable Computing for Events

NEW VIDEO:  New Tech Trends
Recorded by International Meetings Review at EIBTM 2014 

 NEWS
"Corbin's Favorites", the web's most comprehensive list of categorized web links on events and tradeshow technology has just been reorganized and updated. If you are looking for a specific meetings or tradeshow technology product, it is very likely on this list!

Major meeting tech acquisition: Lanyon acquires GenieConnect.
http://tinyurl.com/m5ew3k6

Major meeting tech acquisition: Cvent acquires Elite Meetings
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150107006300/en/Cvent-Acquires-Elite-Meetings-International-Expand-Reach#.VK2jzCvF-So

FreemanXP enters into exclusive agreement with Klowd for polling and audience engagement technology

 
19 LINKS FOR MEETINGS, BUSINESS AND FUN

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7 Meeting Industry-Related Sites:
 
Social Media for Events
Excellent, comprehensive ebook from Julius Solaris!
 
The Meeting Planner’s Guide to Going Mobile
Excellent, white paper from QuickMobile

5 Reasons Digital Session Displays Will Revolutionize Your Conference  
http://cadmiumcd.com/cadmiumcd/article.asp?ID=digital-session-displays
Some good points from Cadmium CD

BLE/iBeacon Technology Advances for Events and Tradeshows 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VV51J6ebcMI&feature=youtu.be
ITM is one of a number of companies making significant progress with Bluetooth Low Energy beacons.
 
Expedited Badge Brinting Using Mobile Phones 
http://badgepickup.net/

Decision to Attend
Survey sponsored by IAEE, PCMA and the Experience Institute, seeking to find the reasons people attend meetings.

Eventuosity
New cloud-based event planning and tradeshow booth management tool with strong mobile interfaces (native iOS and Android).  
 

7 Business/Utility/Reference Sites:

What is the Internet of Things?
 
Hyper Plan
Very simple, "e-postit notes"-like project management tool. Free trial until Jan. 17.

Infographic: Facebook and Twitter: The Future through Acquisitions
 
Infographic: U.S. Daily Temperature Anomalies 1964-2013 
http://labs.enigma.io/climate-change-map/
Very interesting interactive infographic!

How the sun sees you
UV light and sunscreen.
 
Infographic: Distance to Mars
Another interesting infographic. 
 

7 Sites Just for Fun:
 
Best of Web 2014 by Zapatou - 213 Viral Videos in 7 Minutes
 
Timelapse Of A Jetliner Landing At Night In Chicago
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgMtZwpGLJE
 

QUOTES OF THE MONTH:
 
"The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” -- Plutarch

"The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause." -- Mark Twain

"It's almost impossible to have fun playing ping pong with someone who doesn't care, won't try or isn't any good. Ping with no Pong is no fun. The same is true of conversation." -- Loren Ekroth

SHORT-SIGHTED TECHNOLOGY PREDICTIONS OF THE MONTH:

The truth is, no online database will replace your daily newspaper, no CD-ROM can take the place of a competent teacher, and no computer network will change the way government works." - Astronomer Clifford Stoll, 1995

"Even God could not sink this ship." -- Sailor of the Titanic, 1912


 

RECENT ARTICLES/VIDEO WITH MENTIONS OR QUOTES ABOUT/FROM CORBIN


Quickmobile: 7 Predictions for the Mobile Event App Industry in 2015 
http://owl.li/EzA2X 

Social Tables: 12 Ways Rookie Public Speakers Should Prepare a Presentation

http://blog.socialtables.com/2014/11/25/12-ways-rookie-public-speakers-should-prepare-a-presentation/

 

PCMA Convene: What's Next for Wearable Tech

http://www.convene-digital.org/convene/december_2014?e=27045596#pg48

 
Cvent: How iBeacons Can Affect Your Event

http://blog.cvent.com/blog/valerie-zogas/how-ibeacons-can-affect-your-event


Successful Meetings: Top 6 Meeting Trends for 2015
http://www.successfulmeetings.com/Strategy/Case-Studies/Top-6-Meetings-Trends-for-2015/

M&C: Top 20 Meeting Innovations
http://meetings-conventions.texterity.com/mcmagazine/201501#pg30

Successful Meetings: iBeacon Adoption Grows
http://successfulmeetings.texterity.com/successfulmeetings/january_2015?folio=30#pg26

EIBTM Live: The Next Big Thing in Event Technology

http://www.internationalmeetingsreview.com/technology/eibtm-live-corbin-ball-predicts-next-big-thing-event-technology-100511

 


 

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Highroad Solution
HighRoad U is a content portal for marketers who need education in web, social media, email & mobile. If you use digital to market your events, you’ll find the content you need to increase attendance and appeal to new generations of attendees. Education the way U want it: online & on-demand. Produced by HighRoad Solution. 

ITN International
ITN International, the world leader in mobile NFC and cloud-based event solutions, serves corporate event producers, event agencies, tradeshow managers, and exhibitors on six continents.
 
SpotMe
"We're using the SpotMe app to let 400 evangelists take control of the agenda and create their own sessions at our annual agile community event" - Hannah Shain, Rally Software  

SpotMe's robust mobile event app technology, meeting architecture consulting and support empower you to achieve your vision,

    
Ungerboeck 
Ungerboeck is the world leader in end-to-end event management software for exhibitions, conferences and associations. For most organizations, Ungerboeck software delivers the capabilities of three to five separate software packages at a fraction of the cost including CRM, booth sales, event registration, CAD floor plans and more. 
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Active Network
ACTIVE Network Business Solutions delivers event management and registration software that enables organizations of all sizes to run SMART EVENTS - the next generation of events that save you time and money, build better relationships with your attendees and grow your business faster. 
Our global customers include over 1000 global associations and a large number of Fortune 100 companies.  They trust this suite of technology solutions and ACTIVE's experience to manage and develop their events in this accelerating industry.

    
AllianceTech is the leading event technology solutions provider focused on metrics & analytics. Our technology suite is designed to provide customers with an end-to-end solution for their conference and event needs. Lead retrieval, event mobile guides, attendance tracking, electronic surveys and RFID are among some of the solutions we offer. 

     
Attendee Management Inc. (AMi) 
AMi breaks down the barriers to online registration, housing, travel and e-marketing. No license fees, no software to manage, just dedicated, experienced service. Pay only for what you need, and provide the solutions your attendees and clients expect. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 
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Bartizan Connects
LEAD RETRIEVAL that requires no Wi-Fi and costs event organizers nothing? The answer is Bartizan’s lead retrieval. 

Event professionals: click here to learn more about it.

  CadmiumCD
CadmiumCD
At CadmiumCD we focus on the technology needs of event planners. We specialize in technology tools and services to collect, manage and distribute educational materials at conferences and events.  Our services include: Call for Papers, Speaker Data Management, Conference Proceedings, Audio Recordings, Electronic Meeting Posters, Online Itinerary Planners, Conference Apps and Online Evaluations.

   Certain Software 
About Certain Software®, Inc
Certain Software is the leading provider of event management solutions for the global meetings and events industry. Certain's innovative solutions deliver to meeting and event professionals streamlined processes, reduced expenses, greater return on investments, and improved overall value of meetings and events. Certain's event management solutions support a full range of events -- from small meetings and educational sessions, to large conferences and world events. Headquartered in San Francisco, Certain has operations and sales offices in North America, Europe and the Pacific Rim.

      Cvent
Cvent is the market leader in event management software for good reason. We have a complete platform that can handle the entire event lifecycle. This includes event requests and approvals, venue sourcing, budgeting, event marketing, online registration, social media walls, onsite check in and badge printing, and native event mobile apps. Click here to learn more and see a live demo.

  
etouches
15 modules to manage all your event aspects: etouches event management software is designed to ease every major function in the event life cycle and integrates with a dozen best-in-class software. 

The multi-lingual, multi-currency platform offers registrations,
budgeting, project management, speaker/exhibitor/sponsor 
management, event websites, seating, surveying, email marketing, 
social networking & mobile App. Love your event software!

EventPro Software
Whether your needs relate to venue scheduling, event planning, online attendee registrations, table and seating management, floor plans, travel and accommodation management, budgeting, invoicing, online payments, catering and delivery management, a mixture of all the above, or a varied selection of other event, venue and catering management requirements, EventPro has you covered!

 
EventsAir
EventsAIR by Centium Software is for event organizers needing a turnkey solution to efficiently manage events. Easy to use and mobile optimized, it features unique capabilities, including real-time data, mobile apps and multiple productivity tools in a secure cloud environment. It's an end-to-end solution developed by and for event professionals.

 

 
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