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Corbin's September/October 2010 TechTalk Newsletter
Corbin Ball -- Convention Technology Expert Corbin Ball -- Convention Technology Expert
Bellingham, WA
Wednesday, September 12, 2012




 Corbin's Septembers/October 2012 TechTalk Newsletter
    Volume XIV, Issue 5

Welcome to Corbin's TechTalk Newsletter, in its fourteenth year of providing the latest in technology to currently more than 9,200 events, tradeshows and hospitality professionals in 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. 

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In this issue:

  • NEW VIDEO: Interview on the Impact of Technology
  • NEW ARTICLE: An Internet Primer of Event Organizers
  • NEW ARTICLE: iPad Advantages for Event Planners
  • NEW ARTICLE: Technology for Meeting Planners - Debunking the Myths
  • NEW ARTICLE: Birth of a Tradeshow App
  • NEW VIDEO: Virtual Meetings Using Skype, Google Hangouts and More
  • NEWS

NEW VIDEO: Interview on the Impact of Technology by PSAV at the MPI


I was recently interviewed in the Inspiration Cafe at the MPI World Education Conference on a range of technology issues. 

How can you evaluate the venue?s in-house Internet Service Provider (ISP) and determine the quality of their wireless network if you are not a telecom engineer? By reading this white paper, you?ll gain an understanding of the factors at play, which questions to ask, and what options you have for bringing in your own ISP if you determine your venue may be lacking.

It?s no surprise that attendees are using the iPad more than ever at conferences and meetings.  Apple sold 11.8 million iPads during the first quarter of 2012, according to apple.com.   The device is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing mobile technology products in history.  

The platform of the iPad makes it a perfect choice for meetings.  The at-a-glance aspect, screen size, ease of use, portability and speed of device all contribute to its popularity.   

This posting covers the many benefits.

In today?s technology-enhanced world, meeting attendees not only appreciate, but expect to have easy solutions for attending events. After all, many of us run our offices, finances and social lives from our tablet or phone ? so the notion of filling out a registration form and submitting via email, snail mail or fax seems archaic. However, there are many misconceptions surrounding the use of such technology. This posting provides an overview of many common misconceptions and how to successfully employ technology in a manner that improves the attendee experience. 

NEW ARTICLE: Birth of a Tradeshow App: An interview with IMEX's Christopher Perrins: 

Over the past 18 months most industries have been riding the wave of the app craze, and events and meetings are no exception. During this time, Christopher Perrins and his IMEX team in Brighton, UK, along with developers at QuickMobile in Vancouver, BC have been laser-focused on debuting and creating IMEX Show Apps for both the Las Vegas and Frankfurt shows in 2011 and 2012. 
We had the opportunity to catch up with Christopher to pick his brains about how this process has gone and to seek his advice for others getting into the Apps arena. Here is what he had to say.


NEW VIDEO: Virtual Meetings Using Skype, Google Hangouts and More 

My friend, Terry Brock (NSA Hall of Fame professional technology speaker) and I discuss a number of virtual meeting options. 



TechTalk Turns FourteenIn September 1998, the first issue of TechTalk was emailed to 40 people. 79 issues later, with over 9,200 subscribers in more than 70 countries, this e-newsletter is the largest and by far the longest-running ezine focusing on meetings and tradeshow technology and it keeps growing. I feel honored to have your support as a subscriber and I extend my hearty thanks to the sponsors who make this newsletter possible. As always, your feedback is valued. Please forward this newsletter to anyone you may be interested in receiving a copy. 

TechSpec - Free Technology Site Inspection App for Meeting Planners

Jim Spellos and I with the help of QuickMobile have joined forces to develop a technology site inspection app to help planners and venues improve the dialogue about what technology is needed in meeting rooms, the lobby and guest rooms. This is avalable for the iPhone/iPad and Android operating systems as well as checklist. Let us know what you think! 

New book out: Tweeting Meeting -- Social Media for Eventshttp://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: 

Winners of Perfect Table Planner Drawing

The winners of the profesional edition of Perfect Table Plan V5 Professional Edition drawing* are: Chuck Schouwerwou, Elizabeth Sim Zielinski, Kat Manfredi, Sheila McCombs Fox and Will Nicholas CMP CME. 

*Corbin Ball Associates in an independent technology analysis firm. We have never made even a cent of commission on the sale of any meetings technology product. This offer was for the benefit of TechTalk Subscribers.

              11 Meeting Industry-Related Sites:

Social Media and Events 2012 Research Report from Amiando

Some very interesting statistics in this report!

ExpoCAD variable booth pricing

Interesting "yield management" concept applied to exhibit sales


Site to track your CEUs for meeting industry-related certifications. $14.95/month.

RegFilter - A great filter to find matching online registration systems

Great new site with 120 online registration products. Put in your requirements and it sorts to the closest matches.


Cool networking mobile game app for events.

Evenium ConnexMe

Interesting mobile slide sharing and social networking app.


Customized iPad gaming for events

iPad-based slide sharing, note-taking, audience polling and Q&A app. 

Events In America -- tradeshow and conference directory

WIFiSlam - New indoor positioning technology

InfoAnlytica High Speed Internet Access for U.S. Hotels Market Study


Although pricy (US$1,500), this is a very comprehensive analysis of the state of HSIA in U.S. hotels. 

 9 Business/Utility Sites:

How the internet workshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwyJGzZmBe8 

http://www.zello.com/Turn your smart phone (most types) into a push-to-talk walkie-talkie with this free app.

Today's Front Pages: 850+ front pages from 91 countrieshttp://www.newseum.org/todaysfrontpages/flash/ 

Ted Talk: Boaz Almog -- superconductivity and quantum levitation explained


3D map of the universe - an animated flight by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey

The future of home construction: house printing

Cyborlink -- Resource for international business etiquette, manners, and culture

Some very helpful tips here for the international traveler.

Presentation Tools

Nice set of tools and ideas for speakers.

Growth of Mobile: Stats and figures that will shock you!


8 Sites Just for Fun:

As much a you could ever want to know about paper airplaneshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxsw97NjBqo 

Best of the web compilation 2012


360 view of Sistine Chapel


TED: Denis Dutton: A Darwinian theory of beauty


Wireless chopping board?

Thanks to Ed Scannell for this very funny link suggestion.

Amazing hula hoop performer - Ireina Akimovahttp://www.flixxy.com/amazing-hula-hoop-performer-irina-akimova.htm#.UBqkirTY-Sq 

View from the International Space Station at nighthttp://vimeo.com/45878034 

Beautiful footage. Watch in HD.

Technology and art collide as 16 quadcopters give a light and sound show
Very cool light show shows at the Cannes film festival. 

"Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you."

-- Carl Sandburg, American poet, historian and novelist (from SmartBrief Newletter)

"Each of us makes his own weather, determines the color of the skis in the emotional universe which he inhabits." -- Fulton J. Sheen
"The seven ages of man: spills, drills, thrills, bills, ills, pills and wills."  -- Richard Needham (from Loren Ekroth's Better Conversations Newsletter)


"We are probably nearing the limit of all we can know about astronomy." -Simon Newcomb, 1888


How iPads Offer What all Planners Need -- Time

bXb Online Unveils BOBtv-Best of Business Television
Tablets Take Center Stagehttp://bit.ly/MRwLfa

ExhibitCity article by Bob James on the impact of tablet computers on exhibits.

SUGGESTION BOXPlease send along any questions, ideas or suggestion on how to make this newsletter more useful for you:  contactcorbin@corbinball.com

CORBIN'S SPEAKING CALENDARMy September/October travel schedule will bring me to Durham, Eugene, Dubai (virtually), Seattle, Orange County, Las Vegas, Puerto Rico 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



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  ITN International ITN International

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 Ungerboeck Ungerboeck is the world leader in end-to-end event management software for exhibitions, conferences and associations. For most organizations, Ungerboeck software delivers the capabilities of three to five separate software packages at a fraction of the cost including CRM, booth sales, event registration, CAD floor plans and more. Visit  ungerboeck.com for more information.    

Wyndham Jade
Wyndham Jade provides housing and registration services and technology for conventions, trade shows, expos, and meetings, corporate travel management services, and incentive programplanning. With nearly 30 years of experience, Wyndham Jade has planned and managed events in more than 50 countries. As an extension of your staff, we take care of the details, so you can focus on your business 


Active Network

Our solutions power customers of all sizes?including small and medium-sized businesses, enterprise corporations, associations, tradeshows and expos. With a single technology suite for all their event management needs, we provide greater access to business intelligence and insight to every stage of the customer journey, enabling new depths of engagement Download a copy of ?
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Alliance Tech is the leading provider of solutions utilizing RFID Technology.  ROI with RFID ? Use Alliance Tech?s Intelligent ATTENDANCE RFID solution to quantify results and enhance event success with session attendance and exhibit floor tracking!


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.

  Certain Software About Certain Software®, IncCertain Software is the leading provider of event management solutions for the global meetings and events industry. Certain's innovative solutions deliver to meeting and event professionals streamlined processes, reduced expenses, greater return on investments, and improved overall value of meetings and events. Certain's event management solutions support a full range of events -- from small meetings and educational sessions, to large conferences and world events. Headquartered in San Francisco, Certain has operations and sales offices in North America, Europe and the Pacific Rim. 

etouches develops event management software for organizations that produce internal and customer events.  The multilingual, multicurrency software offers budgeting, project management, scheduling, registration, speaker/exhibitor/sponsor management, event websites, seating, surveying, email marketing, venue selection and social networking. etouches serves a global customer base that includes corporations, nonprofits, associations, and educational institutions.  


EIBTM Barcelona 27-29 Nov. 2012

EIBTM is the premier event dedicated to the global meetings, events and business travel industry. With over 3,100 exhibitors representing 170 countries, EIBTM attracts over 9,300 industry buyers including 4,000 top-level buyers guaranteed by the Hosted Buyer® Programme

IAEEpromotes the unique value of exhibitions and other events that bring buyers and sellers together such as road shows, conferences with an exhibition component, and proprietary corporate exhibitions. IAEE is the principal resource for those who plan, produce and service the industry.


IMEX America ? a power packed event for business - the global trade show for the incentive travel, meetings and events industry in the U.S. Check out the 2011 highlightsDo more business, network and learn at IMEX America ? save the date for 2012, Las Vegas October 9-11. Registration, entry and seminars are free.


Attendee Management Inc. (AMi) 

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  info@attendeenet.com, or call
 512.842.1612 512.842.1612




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