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Corbin's March/April 2012 TechTalk Newsletter
Corbin Ball -- Convention Technology Expert Corbin Ball -- Convention Technology Expert
Bellingham, WA
Friday, March 9, 2012

   Corbin's March/April 2012 TechTalk Newsletter
    Volume XIV, Issue 2
Welcome to Corbin's TechTalk Newsletter, in its thirteenth year of providing the latest in technology for more than 9,000 events, tradeshows and hospitality professionals in 70+ countries. The lead article for this issue focuses on how far we have come with meetings technology innovation.
View this email as a web page at: http://www.corbinball.com/techtalk/index.cfm?fuseaction=cor_av&artid=8852  In this issue:
  • NEW ARTICLE: 1980-2012 – A 30+ Year Timeline of Meetings Technology Innovation
  • NEW ARTICLE: How To Decide Whether Your Event Needs A Single Or Multi-Event Mobile App
  • NEWS

NEW ARTICLE: 1980-2012 – A 30+ Year Timeline of Meetings Technology Innovation Technology changes in the past three decades have been astonishing for both the meetings industry and for society in general. To see how far we have come, I put together this chronological list of significant technology milestones with societal technology events in "black" and meetings industry innovations in "red."  These list is far from comprehensive. Send me your major meetings technology milestones to include!

NEW ARTICLE: How To Decide Whether Your Event Needs A Single Or Multi-Event Mobile App Technology changes in the past three decades have been astonishing for both the Like most new technologies, mobile event apps were initially constructed following the pattern of traditional printed conference event guides – every year a new printed guide, so each year a new app was created.
Many organizations hold hundreds or even thousands of events every year.  In some cases a multi-event app can be a far superior and more cost-effective option. The multi-event app allows organizations to provide a single app that holds all events, which saves considerable time on the planning end and requires a one-time download for attendees, whether they attend one event or 10. This article by Patrick Payne, CEO of QuickMobile, covers many of the points to consider. 

NEWS Corbin named one of "The 25 Most Influential Persons in the Meetings Industry" by Successful Meetings/Meetings News magazines for the fifth time New book out: Tweeting Meeting -- Social Media for Events
http://www.meetingsupport.org/TTM This book on social media for events is a collaborative venture organized by Maarten Vanneste with multiple authors including: Corbin Ball, Shuli Golovinski, Je? Hurt, Ruud Janssen, Susan Brower, Frank Martin Hein, Jessica Levin, Jan Vermeiren, Je?  Rasco, and Dennis von Ferenczy. I am interviewed about my chapter in this book: http://vimeo.com/33069038

18 LINKS FOR MEETINGS, BUSINESS AND FUN              6 Meeting Industry-Related Sites:
GamifyApp http://www.gamifyapp.com/  Event gaming application from EventMobi. Zentila http://www.zentila.com/ Interesting new RFP and hotel booking site. B-Com http://b-com.psideo.com/corporate/index.html New and robust strategic meetings management (SMM) and event management tool. This is the technology MCI, the world's largest PCO, uses. GuideBook http://guidebook.com/ Low cost (in some cases free) and nicely designed mobile event app tool. Also, some good blog postings at the site as well. Zwoor http://www.zwoor.com/ Simple, pay-per-use model mobile event app. Virtual Edge Institute's 7 Predictions for Virtual Meetings Technology for 2012 http://tinyurl.com/6mytuko
6 Business/Utility Sites:
Samsung's transparent display - very cool! http://www.flixxy.com/samsung-smart-window.htm 
Changing Education https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U
Engaging and very thought-provoking animation about the need to change the paradigm for public education.
Modern Furniture https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YB4bvvyl_ss  A compilation of some amazing innovations in the world of furniture  Mashable's Infographics Board on Pinterest http://pinterest.com/mashable/infographics/   Good use of Pinterest for business. 3D LED Screen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qk_03gXvf90  Interesting applications for exhibition displays. 42 Rules for a Website the Wins http://www.websitesthatwin.com/ Helpful, concise book on building effective websites by my friend, Philippa Gamse.

6 Sites Just for Fun: Amazing pool player https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxXPl7W9dNM Incredible shots! The best I have ever seen. Rio de Janeiro Carnival - Tilt Shift https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XboAeIjcs2E Great video -- Watch in HD Full Screen.
Geeks vs. Nerds Infographic http://www.mastersinit.org/geeks-vs-nerds/
A compilation of the most awesome bicycle, snowboard, ski, snowmobile, diving, rally car and skate sports clips of 2011
The Pale Blue Dot – Carl Sagan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wupToqz1e2g Interesting perspective of our place in the universe.

 "Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty." -- Henry Ford "Being right too soon is socially unacceptable." - Robert A. Heinlein "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." Mohandas Gandhi, 1918
"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." --Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher (1788 - 1860)*
'New ideas pass through three periods: * It can't be done. * It probably can be done, but it's not worth doing. * "I knew it was a good idea all along." 
 --Arthur C. Clarke* *Taken from Loren Ekroth Conversation Matters newsletter. SHORT-SIGHTED TECHNOLOGY PREDICTION OF THE MONTH:
Dear Mr. President: The canal system of this country is being threatened by a new form of transportation known as 'railroads' ... As you may well know, Mr. President, 'railroad' carriages are pulled at the enormous speed of 15 miles per hour by 'engines' which, in addition to endangering life and limb of passengers, roar and snort their way through the countryside, setting fire to crops, scaring the livestock and frightening women and children. The Almighty certainly never intended that people should travel at such breakneck speed." -- Martin Van Buren, Governor of New York, 1865(?).
"The cinema is little more than a fad. It's canned drama. What audiences really want to see is flesh and blood on the stage." -- Charlie Chaplin, 1916 

RECENT ARTICLES AND BLOGS WITH "QUOTES FROM CORBIN" Technology 2012 http://meetingsreview.com/news/view/75970 MEETINGS:Review article by Pete Roythorne on upcoming meetings technology trends. Can't Make It? http://www.cimunity.com/monitor.html?L=1 CIM magazine article on hybrid and virtual events for associations and other event stakeholders.  Presentation Skills  http://collaboratemeetings.com/2012/01/03/presentation-skills/ 
Don Sandlers's Collaborate Meetings Intelligence Magazine article about the importance of presentations skills for meeting professionals. Virtually Yours http://tinyurl.com/6moy9th MeetingsFocus article by Tyler Davidson, on developments with hybrid and virtual meetings. Techno Files http://www.exhibitoronline.com/exhibitormagazine/feb12/technology-techno-files-part-one.asp  Charles Pappas' Exhibitor Online Magazine article about NFC, RFID and tablet computers. The Next Step in Meetings Technology  http://www.businesstravelnews.com/Corporate-Meetings-News/The-Next-Step-In-Meetings-Technology/?a=proc&cid=eltrMtgNews  Business Travel News article by Chris Davis on the acquisition of StarCite by Active Networks. Bellingham Business Journal Interview http://bbjtoday.com/blog/qa-corbin-ball-the-meetings-guru-discusses-the-highs-and-lows-of-technology-in-the-workplace/13712# My "home town" magazine interviews me about technology trends.

SUGGESTION BOX Please send along any questions, ideas or suggestion on how to make this newsletter more useful for you:  contactcorbin@corbinball.com CORBIN'S SPEAKING CALENDAR My March/April travel schedule will bring me to Antibes France, Cape Town, Pomona, Costa Mesa, Honolulu and likely a few other places as well. 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. CORBIN'S PRESENTATION PROGRAMS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS  TESTIMONIALS
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