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 Corbin's January/February 2007TechTalk Newsletter
 

Volume IX,Issue 1

 

Happy New Year! 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.

A new year is a great time to look forward, to look back and assess. The three new articles for this issue do just this. The new tech trends coming, the past technology milestones, and the "killer apps" that have made the difference for the events industry.

In this issue:

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NEW ARTICLE: 12 Events Technology Trends
What are the major tech trends that are
changing the industry? Where are things going? Thisarticle presents and update on my views on the subject. 



NEW ARTICLE: Killer Apps of the Meetings Industry 
A killer application (commonly shortened to killer app) refers to technology that is so useful or desirable that it proves the value of some underlying technology.

There are many “killer apps” for the meetings industry – programs that are so useful, so cost-saving, so efficiency-increasing, or so service-improving that they have and continue to revolutionize the way that meeting professionals do business.

 

This article will cover some of the major meeting industry killer apps so far, and then highlight what I believe to be some of ones to come.


NEW ARTICLE: Meetings Technology Milestones - The Past 20 Years

This article, written for the 20th anniversary edition of Meetings West Magazine (January 2007), covers the major technology milestone for the events industry during the past two decades. 


NEWS

More of Corbin's Articles in Spanish and German
Seven articles have been
translated to other languages with more to come. Thanks to Thomas MacFarlane from Event Planner Spain (www.eventplannerspain.com), for providing the translation services.

Corbin to Chair EIBTM's World Wide Technology Watch (WWTW) Award for the 5th Year.
WWTW is the events industry's most significant award recognizing technology innovation. I am very pleased to report that I have been asked to chair the judging committee for the fifth
consecutive year.  The judging will be in September 2007 and the award will be given late November at EIBTM 2007 in Barcelona. Please watch this space for further details inlcuding application forms as they develop.

16 Web Site Favorites for Business and Fun

5 Meeting Industry Sites:

New mobile lead retrieval device
http://www.newleads.com/mobileleadretrieval.asp
Scans 2D barcodes and mag
stripes.

StarCite/OnVantage EasyBook Tool
http://www.onvantage.com/solutions/corp_fin_proc_prof/meetingview_easybook.php
Allows corporations to avoid the RFP and directly book small meeting space in an instant. Available only in select properties.

Paguna - One Page Search and Hotel Booking
https://www.paguna.com/?l=en
This travel site is great example of new rich internet application technology (RIA) using AJAX. The web is progressing in ease of use.

Banquet Seating and Diagramming Software
http://www.perfecttableplan.com/html/movie__1.html
Inexpensive software for you banquet seating needs.

High-def full screen virtual hotel tours
http://www.vfmii.com/
Click on the Rich Media Gallery. 


5 Favorite Utility/Reference Sites:  

InfoTech - The Year in Review 
http://www.technologyreview.com/InfoTech/17937/ 
Interesting article from MIT on general technology advances.

Bird Flu Checklist
http://www.corbinball.com/assets/docs/BirdFluChecklist.pdf
Thanks to Dana Rhoden, CMP, CMM for sending this document.

Guide to What You Buy
http://www.worldwatch.org/taxonomy/term/44
Your guide to environmentally-friendly purchases.

Free International Phone Calls
http://saunderslog.com/2006/10/11/whats-with-the-712-area-code/ (explanation)
You call a local number in Iowa - (712) 858-8888 - and then can dial out to most countries in the world. The company offering the service gets paid a subsidy for accepting incoming calls to its exchange in rural Iowa.

Solid State Drives
http://crave.cnet.com/8301-1_105-9671132-1.html?tag=nl.e501
Eventually these will replace computer disk drives with faster access times, much lower power consumption, smaller size, and greater
reliability (no moving parts).  SanDisk's claims that a laptop with one of these drives can boot Windows Vista in a third the time of a standard hard disk drive. 

6 Sites for Fun:    

Sir Ken Robinson on Creativity
http://ted.com/tedtalks/tedtalksplayer.cfm?key=ken_robinson&flashEnabled=1
Thought provoking video on the importance of creativity in education. 

Cool Clouds
http://pic1.funtigo.com/valuca?g=25544746&cr=1

How Not To Rob a Liquor Store
http://www.glumbert.com/media/badrobber

Ice and Snow Sculptures
http://www.rtoddking.com/chinawin2003_hb_if.htm 

The first jet-powered flying man in the history of aviation
http://www.jet-man.com/actuel_eng.html

An amazing 11-year old singing voice
http://www.flixxy.com/bianca-ryan.htm 


QUOTE OF THE MONTH:
“Those who would sacrifice liberty for safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
-- Benjamin Franklin. 
 

SHORT-SIGHTED TECHNOLOGY QUOTE OF THE MONTH:
"The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?" 
--
David Sarnoff's associates responding to his urgings for investment in radio (April 1912)   

SUGGESTION BOX
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 CORBIN'S SPEAKING CALENDAR
My speaking and consulting schedule for January and February will bring me to Boston, New Orleans, Minneapolis, Seattle, Denver, San Francisco, Bellevue and likely a few other places as well. Click the link above for specific details. 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
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Thanks to our sponsors who make TechTalk possible:

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Ungerboeck Systems Intl.

Ungerboeck Systems International offers aspirea subset of the world-leading EBMS® software, to provide world-class, integrated conference management and registration software to organizations specializing in conference management.  USI is the premier provider of Internet-enabled and fully integrated management software used by associations, conferences, exhibitions, and venues on six continents.  Visit us at www.ungerboeck.com.

nTAG
nTAG Interactive provides a complete system for on-site event management built around our break-through interactive name badge – the nTAG.  The nTAG system improves attendee networking and automates polls/surveys, agenda management, card exchange, taking attendance, and messaging.  Customers include GE, MasterCard, IBM, WellPoint, Lucent, Accenture and many others.


Showcare is a leading provider of event management solutions for event producers, associations and businesses in North America.  With over 20 years experience in the industry, Showcare continues to lead the way in providing innovative solutions that encompass online and full-service registration, lead capture, data analysis, event networking and e-marketing.


EIBTM -- 27-29 November 20067 -- Barcelona Spain

EIBTM Is The Premier International Event Dedicated To The Global Meetings And Incentive Industry.  EIBTM attracts 5,000 industry buyers and 2,000 exhibitors from over 100 countries. Over 2,500 buyers at EIBTM are top-level decision-makers bought to the event as part its Hosted Buyer Programme®.

Dave Roels, Vancouver's No. 1 Convention and Conference photographer -- extensive experience with VIP black-tie and gala dinners, receptions, opening ceremonies, special events, speakers, delegates, portraits and group photos. www.daveroels.com

ConferZone
ConferZone is the first objective e-conferencing resource that tracks the latest technology and trends in the marketplace. ConferZone provides information on Web conferencing, video conferencing, voice/audio conferencing, collaborative conferencing as well as expertise on hardware, equipment and consulting services.

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 info@attendeenet.com, or call 512.842.1612

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CardinalWare
CardinalWare is a 4th Generation Content Management System that fully integrates management of information, personal profiles and distribution.Whether you need a new or better Website, online marketing and communications tools, integration with other data, or anything in between, CardinalWare may be right for you. Visit our Website or call us at 888-755-7075. 

 
 


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