Corbin's September/October 2014 TechTalk Newsletter
|Volume XVI, Issue 5|
Welcome to the 16th anniversary edition of 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.
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In this issue:
These are exciting times. The rate of technology change is accelerating with thousands of ideas, apps and innovations bubbling up to help meeting planners, exhibitors, venues managers and other meeting participants to do their jobs better. This annual review covers many of the major events tech trends to watch for this coming year
NEW ARTICLE: 10 Trade Show Exhibitor Do's and 10 Don'ts
John Beagle and I have put together these tips to help make your next trade show exhibit a worthwhile endeavor.
TechTalk Turns Sixteen and Nears 11,000 Subscribers
In September 1998, the first issue of TechTalk was emailed to 40 people. 96 issues later, with nearly 11,000 subscribers in more than 70 countries, this newsletter is the largest and by far the longest-running e-newsletter focusing on meetings and tradeshow technology and it keeps growing. I feel honored to have your support as a subscriber and I extend my hearty thanks to the sponsors who make this newsletter possible. As always, your feedback is valued. Please forward this newsletter to anyone you may be interested in receiving a copy.
Final Call for EIBTM Technology Watch Applications (the Meetings Technology "Oscars") -- Deadline: Wednesday 10 September 2014
Meetings technology providers: Win significant PR and a free booth at EIBTM as well!
The EIBTM Technology Watch is the events industry's longest term and, considered by many, the most significant award recognizing technology innovation. I am very pleased to to chair the judging committee for the eleventh year. This award is a great opportunity for technology companies to show their new stuff and get a free booth at EIBTM in Barcelona. Deadline for submissions is Wednesday 10 September 2014. The award will be given during EIBTM on Wednesday 19 November 2014 in Barcelona.
If your company has an exciting new product that can significantly help the meetings or tradeshow industry, and would like to receive significant visibility and a free booth at EITBM, apply here: http://www.eibtm.com/technologywatch
DoubleDutch Announces $19 Million in Series D Financing
Social Tables Secures $8 Million in Series A Funding
22 LINKS FOR MEETINGS, BUSINESS AND FUN
7 Meeting Industry-Related Sites:
CIC and Social Tables release free meetings planner "Pocket Planner" app
Cool free mobile tool for meeting planning.
Nice use of NFC to engage event participants.
Event logistics web/mobile software to manage event logistics and communication. Works with Delphi and Arcaneo SMM products. Has wide range of features and may be a replacement for your onsite conference binder.
Simple and easy-to-use business video distribution platform that works well for events.
Very high-end 3D holographic-like projection on stage for events. Some cool demos at this site.
Super-simple free tablet web app to make on-the-fly airport greeting signs.
8 Business/Utility Sites:
Mindreading technology for Google Glass
Cool technology. Creepy, but cool nonetheless.
Hotel Wi-Fi Tester
Crowd-sourced hotel Wi-Fi test listings from around the world.
This free site shrinks your PDFs to a fraction of their original size quickly and simply.
This is the app that I regularly use for determining international time zone differences -- great for setting up conference calls/webinars.
Time and Date World Clock
The other major time zone app that I use with detailed time information for the world's major cities.
The Time Now
A world time clock and more that is accessible for those with sight impairments.
Jibbigo Translation App
Free voice and text translation for 22 languages (for both iOS and Android)
Expensify lets you track all your spending and receipts via a mobile app. The Web interface syncs with all the entries from mobile devices to create reports.
7 Sites Just for Fun:
The Best of Robin Williams 1951-2014
The world mourns the loss of this brilliant, unsurpassed comic genius, but his legacy remains.
Yankovic - Word Crimes
Funny, offbeat video. Thanks to Donna Marie Primes for the link suggestion.
Awkward Family Photos
Always good for a laugh!
Funny photo archive.
Pinterest Tattoo Failures
So many poor choices!
A Different Way To Cut A Watermelon
Animals Making Funny Sounds And Noises
QUOTES OF THE MONTH:
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."
-- Leonardo da Vinci
"I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand."
-- Confucius, Chinese philosopher & reformer (551 BC - 479 BC)
SHORT-SIGHTED TECHNOLOGY PREDICTIONS OF THE MONTH:
"There is practically no chance communications space satellites will be used to provide better telephone, telegraph, television, or radio service inside the United States."
RECENT ARTICLES WITH MENTIONS OR QUOTES ABOUT/FROM CORBIN
Association Advisor: Are You Engaging Your Meeting Participants?http://www.associationadviser.com/index.php/engaging-meeting-participants/
PSAV Interview: Charting Mobile Apps for Events
BizBash: 17 Ways to Use Video to Market Your Eventhttp://www.bizbash.com/17-ways-to-use-video-to-market-your-event/new-york/story/28940
Bizzabo: The 20 Must-Follow #Eventprofs
SocialTables: New video: Corbin Ball on How Tech is Shaping Attendee Engagement
SocialTables: The Impact of Event App Analytics
CORBIN'S SPEAKING CALENDAR
My September/October 2014 travel schedule is bringing me to Paradise Island (Australia), New York, Anchorage, San Diego, Las Vegas (twice), DC, Istanbul, Antalya, numerous international webinars and likely a few other places as well via webinars. Click the link above for specific details and links. I would love to make your city one of my destinations as well, so please contact me and let's set a date.
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Corbin Ball, CSP, CMP, MS
Corbin Ball Associates
506 14thStreet, Bellingham, WA 98225 USA
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