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.


NEWS: 
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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
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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


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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 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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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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ITN 2018

ITN International
ITN International, the world leader in mobile NFC and cloud-based event solutions, serves corporate event producers, event agencies, tradeshow managers, and exhibitors on six continents.
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Meeting Evolution (ME) - a web-based Strategic Meetings Management (SMM) platform managing the entire meetings lifecycle. ME SMM includes event request processing; sourcing of venues, custom contract management, post-event reporting and meeting spend analysis; event planning to create BEO's; attendee registration and housing with a dynamic on-line/mobile APP for your attendees.
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