Corbin's November/December 2014 TechTalk Newsletter
 
Volume XVI, Issue 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 VIDEO: Tech Trends for 2015 
  • NEW VIDEO: Impact of Event Analytics
  • NEW VIDEO: As Tech Changes Events, These Things Will Remain the Same
  • A BLAST FROM THE PAST: Looking Into the Digital Future of Meetings
  • NEWS
  • 19 LINKS FOR MEETINGS, BUSINESS AND FUN
  • QUOTES OF THE MONTH
  • RECENT ARTICLES WITH "QUOTES FROM CORBIN"
  • SUBSCRIBE AND THE FINE PRINT

 NEW VIDEO: Tech Trends for 2015 (Part 1)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBOTK9D0tH8

NEW VIDEO: 
The Impact of Event App Analytics
http://blog.socialtables.com/2014/08/19/corbin-ball-impact-event-app-analytics/

NEW VIDEO OF MY ARTICLE: As Technology Changes Events, These Five Things Will Likely Stay the Same
http://events.bob.tv/media/5-reasons-tech-doesnt-mean-end-meetings/
In this article I wrote 14 years ago at the turn of the millennium, I predicted many things that have become a reality, including the smartphone and its impact on meetings. Check it out.

 
NEWS

Corbin's January/February 2014 TechTalk Newsletter - http://www.corbinball.com/techtalk/index.cfm?fuseaction=cor_av&artID=9177

 
EIBTM Tech Watch Award Winner and Honorable Mentions Revealed
Congratulations to the Live Group, the winner of this year's Technology Watch Award. More details about Live Group and the honorable mentions can be found here.


19 LINKS FOR MEETINGS, BUSINESS AND FUN

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6 Meeting Industry-Related Sites:
 
SmatrCrowdz
http://www.smartcrowdz.com/
New "free" (ad supported) template-driven mobile event app and registration platform (5% of ticket fee charged) with some different features (donation management, task management, volunteer management, photo management, detailed map integration, document management).

Sponseasy
http://www.sponseasy.com/
Crowdsourced sponsorship for your event.

Fuze for Rooms
http://www.fuze.com/rooms
Telepresence video conference options expand.

InItLive
http://www.initlive.com/
Mobile staff and volunteer management for events.
 
InGo
http://ingo.me/
Social attendance building tool that integrates with registration systems.

BioProScheduler
http://www.bioproscheduler.com/
Enables scheduling of company-to-company meetings, especially at offsite venues (web and mobile options) 

6 Business/Utility/Reference Sites:
 
The Apple Timeline
Interesting video covering the 30 years of Apple history.
 
22 Maps and Charts that Will Surprise You
Some amazing statistics creatively displayed.
 
Blog Idea Generator
 
How to Draw a Perfect Circle Freehand
GoPad 
A handy iPad accessory that may make accessing and using an iPad while on the go a much easier process (such as with a paperless conference binder at an event).

'State of Event Apps' white paper
http://info.doubledutch.me/content-mpi-event-app-research-report.html
Excellent research from MPI and DoubleDutch


7 Sites Just for Fun:

7 Fun Photography Tricks to Try on Your Smartphone
http://digital-photography-school.com/7-fun-photography-tricks-try-smartphone/
Thanks to Donna Primas for this link suggestion.

Wine, Beer or Spirits?
http://visual.ly/wine-beer-or-spirits?view=true
How much - and which - and where alcohol is drunk in the world during a week?

Stunning New Zealand Landscapes Time-lapse Photography
https://vimeo.com/107316474
Thanks to Andy Brice for the link suggestion.

Fan Yang Bubble Show
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBWhWsmBNc4
Bubble blowing to a whole new level.

A Brave Woman Teases Wild Cheetahs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNBPcALnzJ4

A Conference Call in Real Life
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYu_bGbZiiQ&feature=youtu.be
Thanks to my brother, Brian, for the link suggestion.
              
Very cool example of projection mapping:
http://vimeo.com/75260457
 

QUOTES OF THE MONTH:
 
"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant." -- Robert Louis Stevenson

SHORT-SIGHTED TECHNOLOGY PREDICTIONS OF THE MONTH:

"We see a corporate market of maybe 15,000 PCs a year by 1990.'  -- DataQuest (1984)

"Space travel is bunk."
Sir Harold Spencer Jones, Astronomer Royal of the UK (1957, two weeks before Sputnik orbited the Earth)

 


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


Xerox Real Business: How Technology Makes Your Big Event Bigger
http://www.realbusiness.com/2014/09/big-ideas/how-technology-makes-your-big-event-bigger/

Successful Meetings: There's a Meeting Planner App for That
http://www.successfulmeetings.com/Strategy/Meeting-Strategies/There-s-a-Meeting-Planner-App-for-That/


Meeting Mentor: FCC Counters Wi-Fi Blocking: What It Means to You
http://www.meetingmentormag.com/october-2014/more-hotel-fees-but-they-can-be-negotiated-away/

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EventPro Software is the complete event management solution for professional event managers. EventPro’s comprehensive and user-friendly features help you effectively plan the details of complex events at various venues. Create bookings, set up event details, manage attendees and booths, arrange travel and accommodation reservations, record details budgets, and much, much, more.

 
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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.

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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.

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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.

          

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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!
 
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