Welcome to Corbin's TechTalk Newsletter, in its thirteenth year of providing the latest in technology for more than 8,100 events, tradeshows and hospitality professionals in more than 70 countries. The lead article for this issue focuses on technology trends highlighted in the EIBTM Technology Watch competition.
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In this issue:
- NEW ARTICLE:Trends Highlighted with EIBTM’s 2011 Technology Watch
- NEW ARTICLE: Cost-effective Ways to Create Virtual Networks
- NEW VIDEO INTERVIEW: Saving Time with Social Media
- NEW VIDEO INTERVIEW: Tech Trends and the Future of Meetings
- 18 LINKS FOR MEETINGS, BUSINESS AND FUN
- QUOTES OF THE MONTH
- RECENT ARTICLES WITH "QUOTES FROM CORBIN"
NEW ARTICLE: Trends Highlighted with EIBTM's 2011 Technology Watch
The EIBTM Technology Watch is the most significant and longest running technology award in the meetings and tradeshow industries. The goals are to recognize technology innovation and to highlight significant trends impacting meeting planners, attendees and exhibitors at events.
The winner and four finalists for were selected from a record 56 applications. This article covers the several paths of technology highlighted from them including progress for events Near Field Communication (NFC), precise indoor positioning/way finding, mobile event applications, and innovative data analytics onsite using tablet devices and much more.
NEW ARTICLE: Finding Cost-effective Ways to Create Virtual Networks
Article from Aptela on business options for networks.
NEW VIDEO INTERVIEW: Tech Trends and the future of meetings
Midwest Meetings Magazine interview.
EIBTM Debate on social media for events between Sam Smith and me.
Happy to debate Sam Smith again on Wednesday 30 November on social media effectiveness for events. Sam is a gifted debater (check out our duelling videos at the above link -- his is way better than mine!). Get there early as this historically has been standing room only.
ABPCO to host a debate on free Wi-Fi for conference delegates - Dec. 5th Twickenham, UK
The explosion of mobile technology is making easy access to Wi-Fi essential for events and tradeshows. Demand for bandwidth is growing exponentially and providing good signal to all delegates is increasingly a challenge for venues. I am delighted to participate in this very important discussion organized by ABPCO where the issues, promises and challenges will be addressed from all sides. I expect that the information shared and the conclusions will be both informative and enlightening for all who attend.
ITN wins this year's EIBTM Technology Watch
See lead article for more details.
18 LINKS FOR MEETINGS, BUSINESS AND FUN
6 Meeting Industry-Related Sites:
6 Business/Utility Sites:
In a tribute to one of the greatest innovators of this century, Steve Jobs, I am rerunning a series of quotes from a previous newsletter:
QUOTES OF THE MONTH:
"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.”
-- Mahatma Gandhi, 1914 describing the stages of a winning strategy of nonviolent activism
SHORT-SIGHTED TECHNOLOGY PREDICTION OF THE MONTH:
“We don t need you. You haven't got through college yet” – Hewlett-Packard s rejection of Steve Jobs, who went on to found Apple Computers
The expectation on the iPod is that HP's version will probably outsell Apple's version relatively quickly.” -- Rob Enderle, quoted in MacObserver in August 2004
“Next Christmas the iPod will be dead, finished, gone, kaput” – Sir Alan Sugar, British entrepreneur, 2005.
“The iPhone is nothing more than a luxury bauble that will appeal to a few gadget freaks.” -- Matthew Lynn, in Bloomberg after the January announcement in 2007
“There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance." -- Steve Balmer, Microsoft 2007
"I want to put a ding in the universe." -- Steve Jobs
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