Corbin's July/August 2017 TechTalk Newsletter

Volume XIX, Issue 4

Welcome to Corbin's TechTalk Newsletter, in its 18th year of 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 Rise and Benefits of Text Apps and Chatbots for Events
  • NEW ARTICLE:  5 Major Developments in Augmented Reality (AR) that will Impact Events, Exhibitions and Venues
  • NEW ARTICLE: 3 Digital Technologies That Are Quickly Becoming Exhibitor Trade Show Essentials
  • 18 LINKS FOR MEETINGS, BUSINESS AND FUN
  • QUOTES OF THE MONTH
  • RECENT ARTICLES WITH "QUOTES FROM CORBIN"
  • SUBSCRIBE AND THE FINE PRINT

Texting is the most widely-used and frequently used mobile app with 97% of Americans smart phone users using it at least once a day. Thie article has several examples of how text and chatbots apps can work for events.

Augmented Reality (AR) is an emerging, but nevertheless effective technology platform that is beginning to impact the event industry in various ways.

AR uses a device to view a real-world environment that is augmented by other digital elements, giving consumers new and exciting ways to experience content.

Here are five major developments in AR that will impact events, exhibitions and venues in the next few years.


NEW ARTICLE: 3 Digital Technologies That Are Quickly Becoming Exhibitor Trade Show Essentials
It’s no secret that exhibitor trade show technology is continuing to evolve. And while some of these new apps and software were designed for the trade show industry itself, some were designed with the trade show attendee in mind. In either case, new technologies are changing the way events are planned and experienced.
For event planners, exhibitors, or anyone who participates in trade shows or conferences, here are some essential technologies that can be used to enhance any trade show exhibit.

NEWS: 
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Corbin to Chair IBTM Worlds Technology Watch Award for the 14th Year
The IBTM Technology & Innovation Watch, established in 2000, is the original meetings technology award! I have had the honor of chairing the judging committee for the past 13 years and am eagerly looking forward to doing so again this year. This award has highlighted wide assortment of international events technology innovations that continue to impact the events industry. With new ideas bubbling up every day, I expect that this year’s competition will be excellent.
Tech Watch Application Form:
Does your company have a new, innovative technology product applicable to the meetings and tradeshow industry?
Would you like to get substantial free publicity for it? And a free booth at IBTM World in Barcelona as well? If so, apply HERE.

18 LINKS FOR MEETINGS, BUSINESS AND FUN

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6 Meeting Industry-Related Sites: 


6 Business/Utility/Reference Sites:


6 Sites Just for Fun:

QUOTES OF THE MONTH:
Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.” -- Arthur C. Clarke

“Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.” -- Bill Nye

SHORT-SIGHTED TECHNOLOGY PREDICTIONS OF THE MONTH:
 "Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible." -- Lord Kelvin, British mathematician and physicist, president of the British Royal Society, 1895.
"Fooling around with alternating current is just a waste of time. Nobody will use it, ever." -- Thomas Edison, 1889

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