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 Corbin's November/December 2008 TechTalk Newsletter

Volume X, Issue 6  

Welcome to Corbin's TechTalk Newsletter, in its tenth year of providing the latest in technology for events, tradeshows and hospitality professionals in more than 67 countries.

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In this issue:
  • NEW ARTICLE: Tech Trends Identified with the Worldwide Technology Watch
  • NEW ARTICLE: Survival of the Deserving - A Darwinian View of Life and Death in the Meetings Industry
  • NEW ARTICLE: Traditional Audience Polling Keypads vs. Phone-based Text Polling
  • NEWS
  • CORBIN'S CALENDAR and the fine print

NEW ARTICLE: Meetings Tech Trends Highlighted with EIBTM’s 2008 Worldwide Watch for Technology Innovation Award
EIBTM’s Worldwide Technology Watch (WWTW) is the meetings industry’s most significant technology award.  The winner and four finalists for WWTW 2008 were recently selected from 39 applications. These companies highlight several paths of technology progress for the meetings and exhibition industries. These technology trends are discussed in this article.

NEW ARTICLE: Survival of the Deserving - A Darwinian View of Life and Death in the Meetings Industry
This article by Ira Kerns covers the importance of using ROI measurement techniques in creating meetings that will justify their value in these tough economic times.

NEW ARTICLE: Text polling vs. Audience keypads
Audience-polling systems are a great way of finding out what the audience is thinking and engage them as well. A new development in the past year has been the emergence of phone-based text message polling designed for events. Similar to American Idol text voting, these systems allow audience members to text their votes, which are tallied in real-time to a website. This website can be projected in the meeting room for all to see the responses.

There are benefits and challenges of each. This article will compare and contrast these differences.


EIBTM Technology Hour
The annual technology debate and other technology events will be among the offerings at this year's EIBTM meeting.
Cisco Launches Public Access Pay-per-Meeting Telepresence Systems 
More than 100 rentable rooms with fluid-motion video, high-quality acoustics, and life-size images of participants (some of the best quality video conference facilities available) will be available by 2009. 

More of Corbin's Articles in Spanish
Another article (45 Ways to Use Technology to Green Meetings) has been translated into Spanish with more to come. Thanks to Thomas MacFarlane from Event Planner Spain (, for providing the translation 
19+ Web Bookmarks for Meetings, Business and Fun

9 Meeting Industry-Related Sites:

Meeting planner reviews of meeting space will transform how planner select venues in the same way that Trip Advisor is having a huge impact on leisure travel selection. Here are six sites that use this social review technology: 

Meeting Universe
Meetings Collaborative
Meetings Intelligence Exchange
Elite Meetings

Other meeting industry related bookmarks:

Jiffle -- Appointment and Scheduling Calendar for Meetings  
 with Outlook and Google calendars.

Short text message application to retrieved exhibit product info.

Worktopia Demo Video
Online direct booking of meeting space.  

5+ Utility/Reference Sites:

Holographic Disk Storage
The next generation of DVD will be able to store 1 terabyte of information on one disk (about 40 HD movies or about 200 standard definition movies.)

Latest Version of "Did You Know" by Carl Fisch. Shift Happens! 
Updated, amazing stats on education and the future of technology.

Video display of all the flights in the world for 24 hours

Augmented reality
Interesting combination of virtual life with the real world. Lots of display possibilities here. Thanks to Antonio Gomez Miranda for this link suggestion.

Backup Software Deal
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5Sites for Fun:

Amazing Bird Sounds 

Incredible 3-D Street Art 

Cool Rotating Floor Skyscrapers 

Turn the Tables on Telemarketer 

Air Race Pilot Looses Wing and Still Lands Plane 


"You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want."
   -- Zig Ziglar

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness…Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”  
  -- Mark Twain


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


New & Improved Bean Counting
MeetingNews article by Christopher Hosford about using technology to measure ROI at meetings.

The Do's and Don'ts of Social Networking
Suggestions for launching your own social network of community forum by Avi Nimmer, Incentive & Training Magazine

Meetings Podcast Interview with Corbin Ball

Technology opens new doors, but face to-face interaction remains an important communication tool
Article by Cynthia Sequin for Indiana University.

FlexTime -- Online meetings registration takes a big leap forward
MeetingFocus article by Marshall Krantz on ScheduleFlex, a new appointment and scheduling product.

An Event Planner Guide: 7 Ways Online Registration Cuts Workload
Jeremiah Demery article for on the benefits of online registration.

Software Solutions
Article by Lindsey Getz for Events Solutions on a variety of meeting planning software products.

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 Barcelona, DC, Miami 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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EIBTM Barcelona
2-4 December 2008

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®.


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