Corbin's September/October 2015 TechTalk Newsletter
Volume XVII, Issue 5







Welcome to the 17th Anniversary Edition of Corbin's TechTalk Newsletter providing the latest in technology to nearly 11,000 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. 

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In this issue:
  • NEW ARTICLE: 9 Amazing Meetings Technology Trends to Watch in 2016
  • NEW AUDIO INTERVIEW: The Future of Event Marketing
  • NEWS

NEW ARTICLE: 9 Amazing Meetings Technology Trends to Watch in 2016 
This annual review covers many of the major events technology trends to watch for this coming year.

NEW AUDIO INTERVIEW: The Future of Event Marketing
EventFarm 22-minute interview on a range of emerging event marketing trends.

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Corbin Named as One of the Top #30CMP Influencers by the CIC
I am very happy and honored to be included with 29 other colleagues in this first peer-nominated influencers award celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Certified Meeting Professionals (CMP) program. 
Corbin Named as a '2015 Meeting Trendsetter' by Meetings Focus Magazine
I feel honored to be included in this list of 22 event professionals. Congratulations to my fellow colleagues listed!

TechTalk Turns Seventeen! 
In September 1998, the first issue of TechTalk was emailed to 40 people. 17 years later, with nearly 11,000 subscribers in more than 70 countries, this newsletter is the largest and by far the longest-running e-newsletter 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.
Last Chance: Applications Open for the IBTM World Technology and Innovation Watch 2015 Award (Deadline: Friday 4 September 2105)
The IBTM World Technology and Innovation Watch (formerly the EIBTM Technology Watch) is the meetings industry's longest running and, considered by many, the most significan
t award recognizing meetings technology innovation. If you have a new, innovative meetings or exhibitions technology product, apply here to win a free booth at IBTM, substantial press coverage and bragging rights! 

eTouches Acquires Mobile Technology Company TapCrowd
Another significant attendee management software/mobile event app acquisition.
DoubleDutch Closes $45 Million in Funding
The funding of mobile event companies continues!
Mobile App Builder Guidebook Launches New Platform and Announces $10M in Funding

G2Crowd Business Software Reviews Expands Meetings Technology Coverage 
G2Crowd is the largest independent business software review site with more than 33,000 user reviews. They have just expanded the meetings technology software listings including the following categories:
Event Management Platforms
Event Websites & Registration
Attendee Engagement and Mobile Apps
Audience Polling
Event Guides
Event Logistics
Exhibition and Floor Plan
Check out the site and submit your  reviews and receive a $15 Amazon gift card for your time! This site's design is intuitive and informative. I encourage all meeting planners to share their meetings software experiences here to expand its usefulness.*

*I have no financial arrangement with G2Crowd and list this here solely on merit. 

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7 Meeting Industry-Related Sites:

Advanced data analytics and marketing system designed specifically for events. Very cool!

New event project management system built upon Google Docs/Drive. This could be a real game-changer for event management!

The advanced event management, data analytics, event marketing and project management platform has recently expanded its product with integrations with SaleForce, Marketo, Eloqua, Cvent, Eventbrite, Lanyon and others.

Multiple Seminars in the Same Room using Headphones
Great idea!

Interesting event management/lead retrieval software system. The badges use a combination of QR codes, text and NFC and mobile-friendly lead retrieval.

Free mobile polling (with limitations) for events. Includes PowerPoint integration.

Interesting crowdfunding donation concept using group room blocks.

7 Business/Utility/Reference Sites:

How To Find Anything on the Internet
Some helpful reminders and links.

What is the World's Deadliest Animal?
Surprising stats.

GodMode for Windows
Unlocks a centralized table of contents for all of Windows' far-flung features and customization options.

101 Amazing PC / Internet Tricks

Google Travel Dashboard
Interactive travel stats.

44 Facts About Google

An Look at Hospitality Wi-Fi: A Study of Guests and Hoteliers
From Hotel Internet Services: Registration required for this free download.

7 Sites Just for Fun:

Warning: Do Not Look Into the Eyes of this Sculpture!
Watch the video to see what happens to those that did.

10 Optical Illusions

David Attenborough - Wonderful World - BBC

Lily: A "Throw-and-Shoot" Waterproof, Ultra-portable Drone Camera

10 Incredible Cutting-Edge Technologies In Development

How People Used To Imagine Vehicles of the Future

The Year 2000 as Envisioned in the Year 1910

"When we get out of the glass bottle of our ego and when we escape like the squirrels in the cage of our personality and get into the forest again, we shall shiver with cold and fright. But things will happen to us so that we don’t know ourselves. Cool, unlying life will rush in."  -- D. H. Lawrence

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world." – Margaret Mead


"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.


BizBash: 25 Events Pros to Follow on Twitter

PCMA Convene: Beacons 101

Meetings Focus: Associations Must Strive to Interact with Attendees

Association Conventions and Facilities: Top Attendee Engagement Tactics

Hotel News Now: How to Mitigate Risk on the ‘Bleeding Edge’

M&C Magazine: Cornering the Market

MyEventApps: Getting your Board (and Execs) on Board with Event Apps

Bizzabo: 8 LinkedIn Profile Tips for Event Professionals

Loquiz: 10 Event Tech and Planning Blogs You Should Be Following


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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 for more information. 


AllianceTech is the leading event technology solutions provider focused on metrics & analytics. Our technology suite is designed to provide customers with an end-to-end solution for their conference and event needs. Lead retrieval, event mobile guides, attendance tracking, electronic surveys and RFID are among some of the solutions we offer. 


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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 


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®, Inc
Certain 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.

Conference Technology Enhancements (CTE)
CTE is a global full-service event company providing specialized products and innovative services to help make your next convention, conference, trade show, or exhibition a resounding success. Our solutions are unique to each and every one of our clients and we want to help craft a solution for you!


15 modules to manage all your event aspects: etouches event management software is designed to ease every major function in the event life cycle and integrates with a dozen best-in-class software. 

The multi-lingual, multi-currency platform offers registrations,
budgeting, project management, speaker/exhibitor/sponsor 
management, event websites, seating, surveying, email marketing, 
social networking & mobile App. Love your event software!


EventPro Software
Whether your needs relate to venue scheduling, event planning, online attendee registrations, table and seating management, floor plans, travel and accommodation management, budgeting, invoicing, online payments, catering and delivery management, a mixture of all the above, or a varied selection of other event, venue and catering management requirements, EventPro has you covered!


EventsAIR 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.


Highroad Solution
HighRoad U is a content portal for marketers who need education in web, social media, email & mobile. If you use digital to market your events, you’ll find the content you need to increase attendance and appeal to new generations of attendees. Education the way U want it: online & on-demand. Produced by HighRoad Solution. 


IMEX America
October 13-15, 2015, Las Vegas
A power packed event for business - the global trade show for the incentive travel, meetings and events industry in the U.S

ITN International
ITN International, the world leader in mobile NFC and cloud-based event solutions, serves corporate event producers, event agencies, tradeshow managers, and exhibitors on six continents.

Lanyon believes that when people come together, amazing things happen, relationships are built and business gets done. That’s why we’ve created the industry’s leading cloud-based software for managing corporate meetings, events and travel programs — while helping hotels better connect with corporate clients.
"We're using the SpotMe app to let 400 evangelists take control of the agenda and create their own sessions at our annual agile community event" - Hannah Shain, Rally Software  

SpotMe's robust mobile event app technology, meeting architecture consulting and support empower you to achieve your vision,


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