Welcome to Corbin's TechTalk Newsletter, in its eighth year of providing the latest in technology for events, tradeshows and hospitality professionals in more than 60 countries. I have just returned from a fascinating trip to the Baltic States. Estonia (the development home of Skype, Kazaa and Hotmail), Latvia and Lithuania all have broadband internet and Wi-Fi widely available. 75% of Estonians file their income tax online. Mobile phones are regularly used for payment (instead of cash or credit cards). Developing countries around the world are using technology as the key for progress.
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NEW ARTICLE: Web 2.0: What It Means for the Meetings Industry
Web 2.0 is more than an internet buzzword. It is a revolution in the web as we know it. It comes with a whole new vocabulary that meeting professionals should understand it as it will surely affect our business processes. This article will sort through some of the terms and discuss why it is important for the meetings and tradeshow industries.
NEW ARTICLE: Conference Podcasts: Talk (and More) is Cheap
Podcasts are radio shows distributed on the internet. This relatively new technology holds significant promise for the meetings and convention industries. The impacts and possibilities are discussed in this article.
NEW WORD TEMPLATE TOOLS:
Two new Word Templates have been added to the recently expanded Tips and Tools Page of my website contain dozens of free Excel meeting planning software programs and other tool links.
General Services Contractor Sample RFP (Word Document 130Kb)
Do you need to bid out for a General Service Contractor to manage your tradeshow? This nicely formatted and detailed Request for Proposal (RFP) donated by Sabina Timlin, Director of Exposition, American Academy of Audiology is an excellent example of how to do it.
RFP Tracker (Word Document 100Kb)
Track your hotel RFPs using this Word document submitted by Holly Murray, Meeting Services Manager for Prime.
StarCite and OnVantage Merge
Conferon Global Services becomes Experient
The world's largest full-service meeting planning firm combines its three branches (Conferon, ExpoExchange, and ITS) under a new name.
E-RFPs on the Rise
OnVantage Builds Small Meeting Product
4 MB of storage on an RFID chip smaller than half a grain of rice for less than $1
This is what the new chip from HP promises.
CORBIN'S SPEAKING PROGRAMS
19 Web Site Favorites for Business and Fun
5 Favorite Meeting Industry Related Sites :
ExpoExchange (Experient) Visit Tracker
Provides attendees access to a web-based record of all the booths/exhibitors they visited during a particular show.
Passkey rolls-out revamped event tools.
Including streamlined attendee reservation websites and enhanced room list management tools.
PowerPoint Synchronization with VideoBlogs
Great applications for speaker and site promotion.
Audience Response Technology Built into PowerPoint
Turning Technologies has built their audience response system as a PowerPoint add-on, significantly simplifying the creation and use of audience response programs.
Correction: CompuSystems not CompuServe
Last issues' link about CompuSystem's 30th Anniversary improperly listed the company as CompuServe not CompuSystems.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH:
"Learn as if you were going to live forever. Live as if you were going to die tomorrow."
-- Mahatma Gandhi
SHORT-SIGHTED TECHNOLOGY QUOTE OF THE MONTH:
"There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in their home."
Kenneth Olson, founder of Digital Equipment Corporation (1977)
RECENT ARTICLES WITH "QUOTES FROM CORBIN"Plugging Into Technologyhttp://www.elabs2.com/functions/message_view.html?mid=31435&mlid=73&siteid=15988&uid=b340ca9f64
This Successful Meetings "Down To the Wire" article by Ron Brumbarger, discusses several categories of events technology with a link recommendation to www.corbinball.com.StarCite and OnVantage Merge
This is the meetings technology equivalent of Microsoft and Apple merging. It will change the landscape in term of enterprise-level online meetings consolidation, sourcing and management.http://www.btnmag.com/businesstravelnews/headlines/frontpage_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1002985280
Corrie Dosh's Business Travel News covers the merger story in detail.http://www.mimegasite.com/mimegasite/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1002984470
MeetingNews/Successful Meetings coverage of the same story.Does group booking software have all the answers?http://www.lodgingmagazine.com/index.cfm?fm=CurrentIssue.tech
Ruth Hill's article for Lodging covers the challenges with group booking technology.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
From Ray Shaw:
I found your article in the last issue of TechTalk, Meeting 40 Years from Now, misses a few significant main points.The question is: how do we (as people who earn a living out of the meetings industry) ensure that meetings still occur in 40 years time? I can’t accept the somewhat pessimistic prediction of a virtual existence in a meetings sense. You know 20 yeas ago pundits were predicting that meetings would fade to grey because oil had reached USD$10 per barrel – and yet we have massive growth and it has never been cheaper to fly (thanks to competition and aircraft technology).
- Long haul air travel will be a thing of the past but not long distance. Scramjets are proving their viability and within a decade we will see sub orbital air travel at Mach 12 to 24 (not a Mach 1 or 2 we have today). A 24 hour flight reduced to 1 to 2 hours. No travel in the future will be more accepted, not less.
Content is always king and it means that future meetings will need higher take home value. This means new material, new concepts, more meaty subjects and better presentations. It means that mediocre presentations will be a thing of the past – they will have to be more thoroughly vetted, not just for accuracy of content but relevance to the audience.But words are only 10-20% of the total communication medium. Body language, personal interaction etc form the bulk of the message and you need to be face to face to appreciate that – networking is working.
Ideas come from close collaboration, some consumption of legal recreational drugs (wine, beer etc) and virtual booze simply does not cut it. There is no substitute for the real thing.
Experience is the key – meetings will offer an alternative and fresh experience to the virtual avatar existence we will suffer daily.
Reward – the fact that you qualify to travel to an event rather then virtually attend will be a major incentive.
Perhaps a foot note to the article with a more positive slant would be appropriate. Me – I may not be around in 40 years but my company it certainly there for the long haul and we are passionately adopting new technology to help improve the meetings appeal and experience.
As a closet futurist I look forward to harnessing change for the better of the meetings industry – not killing it off. -- Ray Shaw, Intermedia Group of Companies
Thanks for your thoughtful message, Ray. In large part, we agree. I feel positive about the power and future of the meetings industry – there is no such thing as a virtual beer!
I think we can also agree that it's hard to image a future with much higher energy costs. We have lived all of our lives as have our parents, in an era of cheap energy (essentially the solar energy of hundreds of millions of years condensed into liquid form - in other words: "oil"). Our global economy has grown on this premise.
Alternate fuel forms will have their place, but it is unlikely that solar, coal, nuclear, wind, battery, natural gas or hydrogen-powered airplanes will be a viable options in the foreseeable future. Air travel will likely require the highly concentrated, highly portable energy that fossil fuels provide for some time to come. Scram jets in their current state (and likely in the future as well) use several times more energy than do conventional jets – the laws of thermodynamics will always apply and it takes lots of energy to get objects into suborbital space.
The US passed peak oil production in 1973 and even the pools of oil in Saudi Arabia are requiring injection of sea water to stimulate flow. The second half of this oil supply will get increasingly more expensive to retrieve – and increasingly it is in the hands of countries that are hostile to western culture. Additionally, the 1.3 billion people in China and a billion people in India will exert greatly increasing demand on the existing supply. The 35% fuel price increase we have seen in US this past year is only the beginning.
An interesting, and some say alarmist, book providing substantial food for thought on this subject is the “Long Emergency” by James Howard Kunstler.
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