Corbin's January/February 2018 TechTalk Newsletter

Volume XX, Issue 1

Happy New Year! Welcome to the latest edition of 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. 

In this issue:

  • NEW ARTICLE: 7 Event Design Ideas from EventTech Las Vegas
  • NEW VIDEO: 2018 Event Industry Trends
  • NEW ARTICLE: Overcoming SMM Tech Challenges
  • NEW ARTICLE: What are Blockchain and Ethereum and How Can They Be Used for Events?
  • NEWS
  • 18 LINKS FOR MEETINGS, BUSINESS AND FUN
  • QUOTES OF THE MONTH
  • RECENT ARTICLES WITH "QUOTES FROM CORBIN"
  • SUBSCRIBE AND THE FINE PRINT

As someone who sees a wide array of event designs in the 30-40 events I attend annually, it is refreshing to see a number of innovative event designs in a single conference. This was the case with the recent EventTech conference in Las Vegas produced by EventMarketer.com. Here are some of the novel ideas shown at the event.

This #EventIcons video recorded by Will Curran with James SpellosNick BorelliBrandt Krueger and me covers a wide event Tech trends coming for 2018. 

NEW ARTICLE: Overcoming SMM Technology Challenges

Recent articles have indicated that many organizations attempting to deploy a Strategic Meetings Management (SMM) technology solution have not experienced the savings and improvement they expected.  In many instances, the reason has nothing to do with the technology selected – but the internal procedures and processes that have either stymied the adoption or indirectly impacted the adoption.

One approach to ensuring the success of your SMM technology selection and deployment would be to follow the Six Sigma project flow of DMAIC. This guest post by Robert Walters describes the process on how to do this. 


NEW ARTICLE: What are Blockchain and Ethereum and How Can They Be Used for Events?

Blockchain and Ethereum, although in their infancy, have great potential for fraud-proof, interactive e-ticketing for events. This article will cover some of the basics in these new technologies.


18 LINKS FOR MEETINGS, BUSINESS AND FUN
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6 Meeting Industry-Related Sites: 
  • EventOps: Mobile event logistics management platform and the lastest addition to the Event Tech Tribe.
  • Ampslide: Cool new web-based second screen presentation technology. Attendees can view presentations slides on their own devices, make notes, save, email, tweet them, answer polls, and ask questions throught the systems. 
  • KUDO for Live Events: a cloud-based platform for meeting organizers to stream multiple languages and audience response features.
  • Social Tables Pocket Planner: Free, updated catering calculator app for a range of events. 
  • Cinebody: Crowd-source your video content with this efficient platform
  • Fuzion: Freeman's event software data integration initiative

6 Business/Utility/Reference Sites:


6 Sites Just for Fun:

QUOTES OF THE MONTH:
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 “I would rather have questions that can't be answered than answers that can't be questioned.” -- Richard Feynman, Nobel Prize in Physics, 1965
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"Learning is the only thing the mind never exhausts, never fears and never regrets." -- Leonardo Da Vinci
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SHORT-SIGHTED TECHNOLOGY PREDICTIONS OF THE MONTH:
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"There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be obtainable. It would mean that the atom would have to be shattered at will." -- Albert Einstein, 1932.
"With over fifteen types of foreign cars already on sale here, the Japanese auto industry isn't likely to carve out a big share of the market for itself." -- Business Week, August 1968.

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