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TechTalk Newsletter
 

January/February 2020 TechTalk News

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Volume 22,  Issue 1

Welcome to the resurrected TechTalk Newsletter (see news release below). 

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: How Facial Recognition Will Disrupt the Events Landscape
  • NEW ARTICLE: Artificial Intelligence - The Upcoming Impact on Events
  • NEWS
  • 15 LINKS FOR MEETINGS, BUSINESS AND FUN
  • QUOTES OF THE MONTH
  • RECENT QUOTES
  • SUBSCRIBE AND THE FINE PRINT

Facial recognition technology has the ability to transform the events industry, but it remains to be seen how attendees will respond to the biometrics solutions coming onto the market.

Potential uses for facial recognition include simplifying the on-site registration process, tracking attendee facial expressions to gauge interest in programming, enhancing security and providing more personalized attendee interactions.


NEW ARTICLE: Artificial Intelligence - The Upcoming Impact on Events

Artificial intelligence (AI) will have a huge impact on events and society in general. Here are a number of ways that this is already happening.

NEWS: 
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TECHTALK TO RESUME:

In the past issue of TechTalk, I announced, after 22 years of publication, that I would cease the publication of TechTalk.  After nearly 100 responses urging a continuance, I have considered another option. TechTalk will continue but will be produced by the team at AVaStar, a service offering of Electro-Media Design and my friend, Jeff Loether, an industry-recognized thought leader in presentations, meetings and event technologies. I will continue to contribute with occasional articles and other content.

The schedule is tentatively set for six time per year and, although the format will remain roughly the same, Jeff and his staff will bring a new energy and promise additional offerings such as podcasts and webcasts.

-- Corbin Ball


15 LINKS FOR MEETINGS, BUSINESS AND FUN

Got fun videos? Or helpful business or meeting planning links? Send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

5 Meeting Industry-Related Sites: 

5 Business/Utility/Reference Sites:


5 Sites Just for Fun

QUOTES OF THE MONTH:
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“Yesterday I was clever and tried to change the world. Today I am wise and try to change myself.”  -- Rumi

"An organization’s ability to learn and translate that learning into action rapidly is the ultimate competitive advantage."  -- Jack Welch

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SHORT-SIGHTED TECHNOLOGY PREDICTIONS:
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"Economic  slowdown... unemployment rises... interruptions in utilities... common use of heaters, cookstoves... increase in  layoffs... some  neighborhoods form purchasing associations...  [probability of this  outcome or worse] is 65 percent."   -- Consultant Bruce Webster, The Y2K Survival Guide

RECENT MENTIONS AND QUOTES:

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Your, e-mail address and any other information will never be sold, traded, rented, bartered, or given away. Nor will it be used for any other purpose than to communicate with you.    

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Thanks to our sponsors who make TechTalk possible:

CadmiumCD
CadmiumCD
At CadmiumCD we focus on the technology needs of event planners. We specialize in technology tools and services to collect, manage and distribute educational materials at conferences and events.  Our services include: Call for Papers, Speaker Data Management, Conference Proceedings, Audio Recordings, Electronic Meeting Posters, Online Itinerary Planners, Conference Apps and Online Evaluations.

evenium

Evenium
Evenium provides technology covering the entire event management value chain, from registration and check-in to interactivity before, during, and after your meeting. Evenium empowers professionals with the tools needed to design interactive events where attendees are captivated by engaging presentations thanks to the event app ConnexMe. Evenium solutions are used by more than 15,000 event professionals across the globe.

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Electro-Media Design, Ltd.

Electro-Media Design is THE independent AudioVisual and Acoustical consultant of choice for the world’s best hotels and conference centers. Offering services ranging from feasibility surveys and master planning to venue technology design, project management, and commissioning for new construction, renovations, and additions. EMD does NOT sell or install AV systems, serving as our clients’ advocates. Founded in 1990, EMD has completed over 1,000 hospitality technology projects worldwide.

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AVaStar, Ltd.

AVaStar is the first and only AV Services management platform built specifically for use by internal venue staff to manage the day-to-day needs of presentation technology services. By combining a web-based, subscription SaaS with on-line, on-demand AV training and an over-arching level of management consulting AVaStar is the above-property support resource that venues have been looking for.

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TrackManyâ„¢

TrackManyâ„¢ captures an undiscovered data stream at your events and serves up anonymous performance metrics like traffic patterns, visitor count, engagement, dwell time, age, gender and sentiment. Easy to setup and use, TrackManyâ„¢ generates understandable, real-time reports that you can act on to optimize and validate your strategies.

ungerboeck
Ungerboeck Software has 30+ years of experience providing event management software to the world's top exhibitions, conferences and associations. Ungerboeck offers an industry-leading solution that contains a CRM system designed for booth sales, a comprehensive event registration system, modern CAD floor-planning tools, and integrated accounting. Visit ungerboeck.com for more information.
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AttendeeNet

Attendee Management Inc.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 512-847-5174.


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Certain is the leading enterprise Event Automation solution that helps data-driven marketers and event professionals integrate rich buying signals and attendee insights into omni-channel marketing campaigns to improve sales and marketing results and deliver event ROI. Certain partners with hundreds of companies across tens of thousands of events with millions of attendees.
cvent
Cvent is a leading provider of event management technology offering integrated solutions for venue sourcing, registration, event management, check-in, badging, mobile guides, RFID attendance tracking, lead capture, event feedback, metrics and analytics.

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eventcore
An exceptional user experience is the core of your successful event. Lose the workarounds, branding disappointments and errors that plague so many events, with a fully branded event registration built to your exact specs. Engage a team with true event expertise and the technical chops to solve your biggest registration challenges.

EventsAir2019
by Centium Software is for event organizers needing a turnkey solution to efficiently manage events. Easy to use and mobile optimized, it features unique capabilities, including real-time data, mobile apps and multiple productivity tools in a secure cloud environment. It's an end-to-end solution developed by and for event professionals.
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Corbin’s 2019 Q2 TechTalk News

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Volume 21, Quarter 2

Welcome to this issue of Corbin's TechTalk Newsletter providing the latest in technology to nearly 9,000 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: Second Screen Technology for Events: What Are the Options?
  • NEW ARTICLE: Event Planning Tech: 6 Essential Features to Use
  • NEW PODCAST: Corbin Ball interview on Tom Antion's 'Screw the Commute' Podcast
  • NEWS
  • 15 LINKS FOR MEETINGS, BUSINESS AND FUN
  • QUOTES OF THE MONTH
  • RECENT ARTICLES WITH "QUOTES FROM CORBIN"
  • SUBSCRIBE AND THE FINE PRINT

Presenters and meeting planners are often faced with the following dilemmas: In today’s multitasking environment where event participants are regularly on their mobile devices, how to keep their attention? How do you keep attendees engaged? And how can you best measure their interests and engagement during a presentation?

And excellent option to answer these issues is second screen technology. This is an area with lots of options and varying degrees of capability and costs.  This article covers a range of these options with a look as specific features, costs and analytic capabilities.  


Planning an event can be a challenge, but there’s technology out there that can help. Check out these essential features you should use in your planning phase!

Tom Antion, an renowed internet market expert, interviews me on a range of issues including suggestions how to thrive in a home-based business.

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"Corbin's Favorites", the web's most comprehensive list of categorized web links on events and tradeshow technology has just been reorganized and updated. If you are looking for a specific meetings or tradeshow technology product, it is very likely on this list.
Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) shines a light on the real impact meetings have on people, businesses and the economy. Led by the Meeting Mean Business Coalition, it brings together meetings industry advocates across six continents and more than forty countries. Don't miss the opportunity on Thursday, April 4 to celebrate the industry's enduring business value and its $2.53 trillion in global economic impact.

15 LINKS FOR MEETINGS, BUSINESS AND FUN
Got fun videos? Or helpful business or meeting planning links? Send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

5 Meeting Industry-Related Sites: 
  •  TrackMany: Video analytics system (a simple attachment to a smartphone) to track anonymous metrics including traffic patterns, dwell time, age, gender, and sentiment
  • BadgeNow: The first self-service color badge printer (from Aventri)
  • Zoi Meet: New AI tech product (currently in beta testing) that live subtitles and automatically translates meetings in multiple languages projected onto a screen. Meeting notes can be searched, retrieved and analyzed.
  • The Event App Bible 2019
  • From Eventbrite: Excel Template for Planning and Promoting Multiple Events (signup required)

5 Business/Utility/Reference Sites:


5 Sites Just for Fun

QUOTES OF THE QUARTER:
"Every morning you have two choices; continue to sleep with your dreams, or wake up and chase them." -- Unknown
"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." -- John F. Kennedy

SHORT-SIGHTED TECHNOLOGY PREDICTIONS:
On Y2K: "We must also prepare ourselves for the very real possibility that the  outcome of this situation might well be the total extinction of the   entire human race. It really could be worse than I am predicting and I really am being optimistic. First, I would like to assure you that I am not some kind of nut anxiously waiting for the end of the world...."  -- Consultant Cory Hamasaki's newsletter, November 1998 
"There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance" -- Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft

RECENT MENTIONS AND QUOTES FROM CORBIN:


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My April-June travel schedule brings me to Waukesha, Budapest, Vienna, Prague, Hawaii, Vancouver, Toronto and 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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SPONSORSHIP:  
Want to help sponsor Corbin's Tech Talk Newsletter sent to nearly 9,000 subscribers in more than 70 countries interested in meetings, events, trade show and hotel technology?  Find out the details at the TechTalk Sponsorship Page
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Your, e-mail address and any other information will never be sold, traded, rented, bartered, or given away. Nor will it be used for any other purpose than to communicate with you.    

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PASS IT ON: Know someone who would like to stay current on the latest in meetings technology? Please forward them this newsletter or send them to the TechTalk Subscription Page.

CONTACT INFO: 

Corbin Ball, CSP, CMP, DES, MS
Corbin Ball & Co.
506 14th Street, Bellingham, WA 98225 USA
Phone: 360-734-8756
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Web:   www.corbinball.com
Facebook: facebook.com/corbin.ball
Twitter: www.twitter.com/corbinball 
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Thanks to our sponsors who make TechTalk possible:

EventsAir2019
by Centium Software is for event organizers needing a turnkey solution to efficiently manage events. Easy to use and mobile optimized, it features unique capabilities, including real-time data, mobile apps and multiple productivity tools in a secure cloud environment. It's an end-to-end solution developed by and for event professionals.
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iceberg
The Iceberg
The Iceberg is an industry-supported vehicle that is powerfully equipped to promote the global Meetings Industry effectively – both as a source of information and resources to members engaged in advocacy, and as a communications force in its own right, with media networks that can open up new audiences..
ungerboeck
Ungerboeck Software has 30+ years of experience providing event management software to the world's top exhibitions, conferences and associations. Ungerboeck offers an industry-leading solution that contains a CRM system designed for booth sales, a comprehensive event registration system, modern CAD floor-planning tools, and integrated accounting. Visit ungerboeck.com for more information.
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AttendeeNet

Attendee Management Inc.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 512-847-5174.

CadmiumCD
CadmiumCD
At CadmiumCD we focus on the technology needs of event planners. We specialize in technology tools and services to collect, manage and distribute educational materials at conferences and events.  Our services include: Call for Papers, Speaker Data Management, Conference Proceedings, Audio Recordings, Electronic Meeting Posters, Online Itinerary Planners, Conference Apps and Online Evaluations.
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Certain Logo
Certain is the leading enterprise Event Automation solution that helps data-driven marketers and event professionals integrate rich buying signals and attendee insights into omni-channel marketing campaigns to improve sales and marketing results and deliver event ROI. Certain partners with hundreds of companies across tens of thousands of events with millions of attendees.
cvent
Cvent is a leading provider of event management technology offering integrated solutions for venue sourcing, registration, event management, check-in, badging, mobile guides, RFID attendance tracking, lead capture, event feedback, metrics and analytics.

evenium

Evenium
Evenium provides technology covering the entire event management value chain, from registration and check-in to interactivity before, during, and after your meeting. Evenium empowers professionals with the tools needed to design interactive events where attendees are captivated by engaging presentations thanks to the event app ConnexMe. Evenium solutions are used by more than 15,000 event professionals across the globe.

eventcore logo

eventcore
An exceptional user experience is the core of your successful event. Lose the workarounds, branding disappointments and errors that plague so many events, with a fully branded event registration built to your exact specs. Engage a team with true event expertise and the technical chops to solve your biggest registration challenges.

EventsAir2019
by Centium Software is for event organizers needing a turnkey solution to efficiently manage events. Easy to use and mobile optimized, it features unique capabilities, including real-time data, mobile apps and multiple productivity tools in a secure cloud environment. It's an end-to-end solution developed by and for event professionals.
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iceberg
The Iceberg
The Iceberg is an industry-supported vehicle that is powerfully equipped to promote the global Meetings Industry effectively – both as a source of information and resources to members engaged in advocacy, and as a communications force in its own right, with media networks that can open up new audiences.
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ungerboeck
Ungerboeck Software has 30+ years of experience providing event management software to the world's top exhibitions, conferences and associations. Ungerboeck offers an industry-leading solution that contains a CRM system designed for booth sales, a comprehensive event registration system, modern CAD floor-planning tools, and integrated accounting. Visit ungerboeck.com for more information.
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AttendeeNet

Attendee Management Inc.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 512-847-5174.

Corbin’s 2019 Q1 TechTalk News

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Year 21, Q1

Welcome to this issue of Corbin's TechTalk Newsletter providing the latest in technology to nearly 9,000 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 Platform or the Event Tech Deck – What is the Best Technology Choice for Event Planners?
  • NEW PODCAST: #EventIcons Top Event Tech Trends in 2019
  • NEWS
  • 15 LINKS FOR MEETINGS, BUSINESS AND FUN
  • QUOTES OF THE MONTH
  • RECENT ARTICLES WITH "QUOTES FROM CORBIN"
  • SUBSCRIBE AND THE FINE PRINT

There are many event tech choices available to manage nearly every aspect of the meeting planning process as well as enriching the attendee experience. For example, I track nearly 1,500 event tech products in 60 categories at my website: corbinball.com/tips-tools/corbinslist.

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With so many choices, the planner’s dilemma is: how does one make the correct choices in deciding which of the myriad of event tech companies to use?

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There are two major options that are emerging with both having potential strengths and weaknesses:

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So which path to choose? Read on to see my comments on the benefits and challenges of each.


with @nickborelli, @jspellos , @brandtdrueger and me. 

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With 90+ event tech companies participating this could be a major game-changer in data integration and analytics.

15 LINKS FOR MEETINGS, BUSINESS AND FUN
Got fun videos? Or helpful business or meeting planning links? Send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

5 Meeting Industry-Related Sites: 
  • Firebird: A fresh, new, highly capable abstract management/registration system from the UK.
  • TheIndoorLab: LIDAR: A new way of counting heads at events/exhibitions from 
  • August Robotics: Tradeshow floor mapping robot and winner of the 2018 IAEE Startup Competition
  • Aavgo: Interesting voice-activated smart tablet system for hotel. Both guest facing and for operations management as well. 
  • Evia: High-end content capture and distribution services with voice transcription and translation. Extensive search capabilities. 

5 Business/Utility/Reference Sites:


5 Sites Just for Fun

QUOTES OF THE QUARTER:
"Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right." -- Henry Ford
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"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover." -- Mark Twain
SHORT-SIGHTED TECHNOLOGY PREDICTIONS OF THE MONTH:
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"The multitude of books is a great evil. There is no limit to this fever for writing; everyone must be an author; some out of vanity, to acquire celebrity and raise up a name, others for the sake of mere gain." -- Martin Luther (1483-1546) 
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"The world potential market for copying machines is 5000 at most."  -- IBM, to the eventual founders of Xerox, saying the photocopier had no market large enough to justify production, 1959. 

RECENT MENTIONS AND QUOTES FROM CORBIN:


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My January-March travel schedule brings me to Pittsburgh, Las Vegas, Vancouver, Antibes and 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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SPONSORSHIP:  
Want to help sponsor Corbin's Tech Talk Newsletter sent to nearly 9,000 subscribers in more than 70 countries interested in meetings, events, trade show and hotel technology?  Find out the details at the TechTalk Sponsorship Page
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PRIVACY STATEMENT:
Your, e-mail address and any other information will never be sold, traded, rented, bartered, or given away. Nor will it be used for any other purpose than to communicate with you.    

PAST ISSUES OF TECHTALK:
 
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LIST DIFFICULTIES?  Check out the TechTalk FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) File or send a message to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 
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PASS IT ON: Know someone who would like to stay current on the latest in meetings technology? Please forward them this newsletter or send them to the TechTalk Subscription Page.

CONTACT INFO: 

Corbin Ball, CSP, CMP, DES, MS
Corbin Ball & Co.
506 14th Street, Bellingham, WA 98225 USA
Phone: 360-734-8756
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Web:   www.corbinball.com
Facebook: facebook.com/corbin.ball
Twitter: www.twitter.com/corbinball 
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This newsletter and its content are proprietary products. All rights reserved. Please forward the entire letter to anyone you feel may be interested.

Thanks to our sponsors who make TechTalk possible:


aventri
Aventri (formerly etouches) is a global end-to-end event management software solution. The success-oriented and cloud-based platform delivers innovative technology solutions to streamline the event process and increase ROI. With a focus on event sourcing, registration, marketing, logistics, engagement and data, the software solution has been able to serve more than 20,000 event professionals in corporations, associations, agencies and educational institutions.
CadmiumCD
CadmiumCD
At CadmiumCD we focus on the technology needs of event planners. We specialize in technology tools and services to collect, manage and distribute educational materials at conferences and events.  Our services include: Call for Papers, Speaker Data Management, Conference Proceedings, Audio Recordings, Electronic Meeting Posters, Online Itinerary Planners, Conference Apps and Online Evaluations.
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Certain Logo
Certain is the leading enterprise Event Automation solution that helps data-driven marketers and event professionals integrate rich buying signals and attendee insights into omni-channel marketing campaigns to improve sales and marketing results and deliver event ROI. Certain partners with hundreds of companies across tens of thousands of events with millions of attendees.
cvent
Cvent is a leading provider of event management technology offering integrated solutions for venue sourcing, registration, event management, check-in, badging, mobile guides, RFID attendance tracking, lead capture, event feedback, metrics and analytics.

evenium

Evenium
Evenium provides technology covering the entire event management value chain, from registration and check-in to interactivity before, during, and after your meeting. Evenium empowers professionals with the tools needed to design interactive events where attendees are captivated by engaging presentations thanks to the event app ConnexMe. Evenium solutions are used by more than 15,000 event professionals across the globe.

eventcore logo

eventcore
An exceptional user experience is the core of your successful event. Lose the workarounds, branding disappointments and errors that plague so many events, with a fully branded event registration built to your exact specs. Engage a team with true event expertise and the technical chops to solve your biggest registration challenges.

EventsAir2019
by Centium Software is for event organizers needing a turnkey solution to efficiently manage events. Easy to use and mobile optimized, it features unique capabilities, including real-time data, mobile apps and multiple productivity tools in a secure cloud environment. It's an end-to-end solution developed by and for event professionals.
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iceberg
The Iceberg
The Iceberg is an industry-supported vehicle that is powerfully equipped to promote the global Meetings Industry effectively – both as a source of information and resources to members engaged in advocacy, and as a communications force in its own right, with media networks that can open up new audiences..
ungerboeck
Ungerboeck Software has 30+ years of experience providing event management software to the world's top exhibitions, conferences and associations. Ungerboeck offers an industry-leading solution that contains a CRM system designed for booth sales, a comprehensive event registration system, modern CAD floor-planning tools, and integrated accounting. Visit ungerboeck.com for more information.
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AttendeeNet

Attendee Management Inc.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 512-847-5174.

Corbin’s November/December 2018 TechTalk News

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Volume XX, Issue 6

Welcome to this issue of Corbin's TechTalk Newsletter providing the latest in technology to nearly 9,000 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: Event Tech Innovation Trends from IBTM Tech Watch 2018
  • NEW ARTICLE: 6 Tips to Maximize your Tradeshow Booth
  • NEWS
  • 18 LINKS FOR MEETINGS, BUSINESS AND FUN
  • QUOTES OF THE MONTH
  • RECENT ARTICLES WITH "QUOTES FROM CORBIN"
  • SUBSCRIBE AND THE FINE PRINT

Established in 2000, The IBTM World Technology & Innovation Watch is the longest running and regarded by many as the most significant technology award for the meetings industry. The goals are to recognize technology innovation and to highlight significant trends impacting meeting planners, attendees and exhibitors at events.

Eight finalists have been selected.  The winner will be announced during IBTM in Barcelona on Wednesday 28 November 2018. Seven judges* with experience in the meetings industry and technology but not currently selling technology products scored the entries based on innovation, completeness of concept, and the value to the meetings industry.


NEW ARTICLE: 6 Tips to Maximize your Tradeshow Booth

Try these 6 tips to maximize the potential of your booth and make the impact your business deserves.


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The IBTM Tech Watch is the longest running events tech award. The finalists have been released and the winner will be announced on 28 November in Barcelona. See the lead article in the newsletter for details. 
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Major Event Tech Consolidation Continues (happy to see active competition between these two large event tech companies):
Cvent adds popular room diagramming site to its extensive event tech portfolio.
Aventri (formerly etouches) adds very high-end registration/tracking capabilities to its range of offerings. ITN has done some of the largest meetings around including the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. 
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18 LINKS FOR MEETINGS, BUSINESS AND FUN
Got fun videos? Or helpful business or meeting planning links? Send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

5 Meeting Industry-Related Sites: 

QUOTES OF THE MONTH:
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 "The secret of getting ahead is getting started." -- Mark Twain
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"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young." -- Henry Ford
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SHORT-SIGHTED TECHNOLOGY PREDICTIONS OF THE MONTH:
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"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home." -- Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp. (DEC) arguing against the PC in 1977.

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"Fooling around with alternating currents is just a waste of time. Nobody will use it, ever. It's too dangerous. . . it could kill a man as quick as a bolt of lightning. Direct current is safe." -- Thomas Edison


RECENT MENTIONS AND QUOTES FROM CORBIN:


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My November/December travel schedule brings me to San Antonio, Venice, Barcelona, New Orleans and 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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Your, e-mail address and any other information will never be sold, traded, rented, bartered, or given away. Nor will it be used for any other purpose than to communicate with you.    

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ungerboeck
Ungerboeck Software has 30+ years of experience providing event management software to the world's top exhibitions, conferences and associations. Ungerboeck offers an industry-leading solution that contains a CRM system designed for booth sales, a comprehensive event registration system, modern CAD floor-planning tools, and integrated accounting. Visit ungerboeck.com for more information.
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aventri
Aventri (formerly etouches) is a global end-to-end event management software solution. The success-oriented and cloud-based platform delivers innovative technology solutions to streamline the event process and increase ROI. With a focus on event sourcing, registration, marketing, logistics, engagement and data, the software solution has been able to serve more than 20,000 event professionals in corporations, associations, agencies and educational institutions.
AttendeeNet

Attendee Management Inc.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 512-842-1612

CadmiumCD
CadmiumCD
At CadmiumCD we focus on the technology needs of event planners. We specialize in technology tools and services to collect, manage and distribute educational materials at conferences and events.  Our services include: Call for Papers, Speaker Data Management, Conference Proceedings, Audio Recordings, Electronic Meeting Posters, Online Itinerary Planners, Conference Apps and Online Evaluations.
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Certain Logo
Certain is the leading enterprise Event Automation solution that helps data-driven marketers and event professionals integrate rich buying signals and attendee insights into omni-channel marketing campaigns to improve sales and marketing results and deliver event ROI. Certain partners with hundreds of companies across tens of thousands of events with millions of attendees.
    ConferencePulse
ConferencePulse is a platform that helps event professionals find and secure sponsors and exhibitors by providing them with insightful data, predictive analytics and contact details of key decision makers. ConferencePulse has information on 25,000+ sponsors and exhibitors, 20,000+ conferences/trade shows and 60,000+ speakers. ConferencePulse recently graduated from AngelPad, the #1 ranked startup accelerator. Visit conferencepulse.com to sign up for free trial or email the CEO directly This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.
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cvent
Cvent is a leading provider of event management technology offering integrated solutions for venue sourcing, registration, event management, check-in, badging, mobile guides, RFID attendance tracking, lead capture, event feedback, metrics and analytics.
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DigitellInc
Helping associations leverage their content with content capture/distribution, live streaming, webinars, online education services and INCREASED revenue.
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evenium

Evenium
Evenium provides technology covering the entire event management value chain, from registration and check-in to interactivity before, during, and after your meeting. Evenium empowers professionals with the tools needed to design interactive events where attendees are captivated by engaging presentations thanks to the event app ConnexMe. Evenium solutions are used by more than 15,000 event professionals across the globe.

EventsAir2019
by Centium Software is for event organizers needing a turnkey solution to efficiently manage events. Easy to use and mobile optimized, it features unique capabilities, including real-time data, mobile apps and multiple productivity tools in a secure cloud environment. It's an end-to-end solution developed by and for event professionals.
GruupMeet
GruupMeet’s beautifully designed and intuitive platform enables teams to seamlessly manage airport transfers, dining events, and tours. No download or install required, so attendees don’t have to worry about keeping up with anything. See all the critical program data and attendee updates across all your events, so everyone is focused and effective.
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