Corbin's March/April 2015 TechTalk Newsletter
|Volume XVII, Issue 2|
Welcome to Corbin's TechTalk Newsletter 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.
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Attendees are bringing their mobile devices into the meeting rooms and using them! Participants are tweeting, taking pictures of slides, fact-checking, and taking notes. However, these mobile screens are also distraction temptations and are often used for non-meeting related tasks. The siren call of these glowing screens is hard to resist, especially if the presenter is not engaging or the material presented is boring -- or both!
Meeting hosts, meeting planners and speakers should be asking what can be done to keep participants’ attention. The obvious answer is to provide compelling content and speakers -- it is the speaker’s responsibility to keep the audience engaged!
In addition, however, there are new technologies that use participants’ mobile devices to help them focus on the presentation rather than distracting them away for other things.
Second screen technology refers to the use of a mobile device to provide an enhanced viewing experience for other content (usually on television but increasingly at events) – usually with interactive features. Presenter content, such as slides, polling, video, notes, social media links, can be pushed to any device in real-time during a presentation.
There are a number of interesting second screen tools that a beginning to work for events. Here are some of the major players.
The dreams of virtual travel, once fantasized in science fiction, are now becoming a reality by emerging technologies. Expanded bandwidth capacities combined with new geocoded media technologies are resulting in the real life version of your kids gaming experience and creating a new genre in the field of content marketing for hotels and venues.
This article, although somewhat commercial, give some great examples of how this is happening.
Corbin's Meetings Technology Link File Updated (1,500+ categorized links)
21 LINKS FOR MEETINGS, BUSINESS AND FUN
7 Meeting Industry-Related Sites:
Interesting, simplified and inexpensive way of hotel sourcing.
Wallrus - Twitter and Instagram Wall
New social wall. The base level is at no charge.
An app to hire event help. Great idea!
Infographic: Anatomy of an Effective Event Website (from Julius Solaris)
Bizzabo expands from a mobile event app to an event management platform
7 Business/Utility/Reference Sites:
Michio Kaku: Will Mankind Destroy Itself?
Sculpting in Virtual Reality Using Oculus Rift
IBM's New Watson Leaves 'Jeopardy' in the Dust
Animated GIFs on How Things Work
7 Sites Just for Fun:
Life Is Short, Share Your Dream, Share Your Passion
Good text art message.
Animation: Man's relationship with the natural world - Steve Cutts
Don't believe everything you see on video:
Venice in a Day
"The journey not the arrival matters."
-- T. S. Eliot
"Chance favors the prepared mind."
-- Louis Pasteur
SHORT-SIGHTED TECHNOLOGY PREDICTIONS OF THE MONTH:
"There will never be a bigger plane built."
-- A Boeing engineer, after the first flight of the 247, a twin-engine plane that holds ten people
"What, sir? You would make a ship sail against the wind and currents by lighting a bonfire under her decks? I pray you excuse me. I have no time to listen to such nonsense."
-- Napoleon Bonaparte to Robert Fulton, upon hearing of the latter's plans for a steam-powered engine.
RECENT ARTICLES/VIDEO WITH MENTIONS OR QUOTES ABOUT/FROM CORBIN
MeetingFocus: The Future is Now (Pages 29-30)
Collaborate: Cybersecurity -- A New Hot Topic for Meetings
Bitrix24 Blog: There Has Never Been A Better Time To Run A Business Or Event - Interview With Corbin Ball
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