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Corbin’s 2019 Q4 TechTalk News
Corbin Ball -- Convention Technology Expert Corbin Ball -- Convention Technology Expert
For Immediate Release:
Dateline: Seattle , WA
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Volume 21, Quarter 4

Welcome to the final issue of Corbin's 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: Event Technology Innovation Trends Highlighted with IBTM World’s 2019 Technology Watch
  • NEW ARTICLE: A 60-Year Timeline of Events Technology Innovation
  • NEW ARTICLE: How 5G Will Revolutionize the Events Industry
  • NEWS

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

Seven finalists have been selected. The winner will be announced during IBTM in Barcelona on Wednesday 22 November 2019. Seven judges* with experience in the meetings industry and technology but not currently directly selling technology products scored the entries based on innovation, completeness of concept, and the value to the meetings industry.

Technology changes in the past six decades have been astonishing. This chronological list of significant technology milestones with societal technology events in “black” and face-to-face and virtual events industry-related technology innovations in “blue” shows far we have come.

5G will have a major impact on events. This article covers a number of ways this will happen.
This is the final issue of TechTalk! 
I started this publication in September of 1998 -- the same month that Google started. It has been a pleasure to chronicle the sweeping changes in technology since that time. I am deeply grateful for the sponsors over the years and for you, the readers, who have made this enterprise possible!

I will continue to maintain my website, w
rite for publications and accept speaking engagements, so please come back regularly to see new content. 


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5 Meeting Industry-Related Sites: 
  • For hoteliers from Hotel Tech Report: This Is The Tech Your Sales And Catering Team Needs
  • Cadre - Interesting onsite staff hiring and management system for events including a large database of workers.
  • GrubStub: Meal management system for event staff and attendees
  • Interprefy: Remote simultaneous interpretation for meetings and events.
  • Abilo: Live telephone interpreting service for events and webinars.

5 Business/Utility/Reference Sites:

5 Sites Just for Fun
“Remember that happiness is a way of travel – not a destination.” - Roy M. Goodman
“Jobs fill your pocket, but adventures fill your soul.” – Jamie Lyn Beatty
"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." -- Thomas Watson, president of IBM, 1943
."There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance" - Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, 2007
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My October-December travel schedule brings me to Jacksonville, Austin, Madrid, Barcelona 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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