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. 

NEWS: 
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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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Corbin Ball, CSP, CMP, DES, MS
Corbin Ball & Co.
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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.
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.
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.

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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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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.

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