Corbin's September/October 2014 TechTalk Newsletter
Volume XVI, Issue 5







Welcome to the 16th 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: 10 Transformative Meetings Tech Trends for 2015
  • NEW ARTICLE: 10 Trade Show Exhibitor Do's and 10 Don'ts
  • NEW VIDEO: Drones and iBeacons for Events
  • NEWS

These are exciting times. The rate of technology change is accelerating with thousands of ideas, apps and innovations bubbling up to help meeting planners, exhibitors, venues managers and other meeting participants to do their jobs better. This annual review covers many of the major events tech trends to watch for this coming year

NEW ARTICLE: 10 Trade Show Exhibitor Do's and 10 Don'ts
John Beagle and I have put together these tips to help make your next trade show exhibit a worthwhile endeavor.

NEW VIDEO: Pathable Interview - Drones and iBeacons for Events
Jordan Schwartz's interviews me on emerging meetings technologies.


Corbin's January/February 2014 TechTalk Newsletter -

TechTalk Turns Sixteen and Nears 11,000 Subscribers
In September 1998, the first issue of TechTalk was emailed to 40 people. 96 issues 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.
Final Call for EIBTM Technology Watch Applications (the Meetings Technology "Oscars") -- Deadline: Wednesday 10 September 2014 
Meetings technology providers: Win significant PR and a free booth at EIBTM as well!

The EIBTM Technology Watch is the events industry's longest term and, considered by many, the most significant award recognizing technology innovation. I am very pleased to to chair the judging committee for the eleventh year. This award is a great opportunity for technology companies to show their new stuff and get a free booth at EIBTM in Barcelona. Deadline for submissions is Wednesday 10 September 2014. The award will be given during EIBTM on Wednesday 19 November 2014 in Barcelona. 

If your company has an exciting new product that can significantly help the meetings or tradeshow industry, and would like to receive significant visibility and a free booth at EITBM, apply here:

DoubleDutch Announces $19 Million in Series D Financing

Social Tables Secures $8 Million in Series A Funding


7 Meeting Industry-Related Sites:

CIC and Social Tables release free meetings planner "Pocket Planner" app
Cool free mobile tool for meeting planning. 

EventFarm's Hover
Nice use of NFC to engage event participants.

Cendyne's GettPlanning
Event logistics web/mobile software to manage event logistics and communication. Works with Delphi and Arcaneo SMM products. Has wide range of features and may be a replacement for your onsite conference binder.
Simple and easy-to-use business video distribution platform that works well for events.

EventWorks 4D
Very high-end 3D holographic-like projection on stage for events. Some cool demos at this site.

Super-simple free tablet web app to make on-the-fly airport greeting signs. 

Much more than the name implies, this company provides registration, lead retrieval, native mobile apps, exhibitor portals, Salesforce integration, matchmaking, onsite badge printing, attendee checking, kiosk, iBeacon integration and more. ...and at a beginning price point that is very inexpensive (75 cents/registration, $50 per exhibit company for lead retrieval and portal).

8 Business/Utility Sites:
Mindreading technology for Google Glass
Cool technology. Creepy, but cool nonetheless. 

Hotel Wi-Fi Tester
Crowd-sourced hotel Wi-Fi test listings from around the world.

This free site shrinks your PDFs to a fraction of their original size quickly and simply.

This is the app that I regularly use for determining international time zone differences -- great for setting up conference calls/webinars.

Time and Date World Clock
The other major time zone app that I use with detailed time information for the world's major cities.

The Time Now
A world time clock and more that is accessible for those with sight impairments.

Jibbigo Translation App
Free voice and text translation for 22 languages (for both iOS and Android)

Expensify lets you track all your spending and receipts via a mobile app. The Web interface syncs with all the entries from mobile devices to create reports.

7 Sites Just for Fun:

The Best of Robin Williams 1951-2014
The world mourns the loss of this brilliant, unsurpassed comic genius, but his legacy remains.

Yankovic - Word Crimes
Funny, offbeat video. Thanks to Donna Marie Primes for the link suggestion.

Awkward Family Photos
Always good for a laugh!


Funny photo archive.

Pinterest Tattoo Failures
So many poor choices!

A Different Way To Cut A Watermelon

Animals Making Funny Sounds And Noises

Got fun videos? Or helpful business or meeting planning links? Send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."
-- Leonardo da Vinci

"I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand."
Confucius, Chinese philosopher & reformer (551 BC - 479 BC)



"There is practically no chance communications space satellites will be used to provide better telephone, telegraph, television, or radio service inside the United States."
--T. Craven, FCC Commissioner (1961) 

"I have not the smallest molecule of faith in aerial navigation other than ballooning or of the expectation of good results from any of the trials we hear of ... I would not care to be a member of the Aeronautical Society."
-- Lord Kelvin, Renown British Physicist, 1896



ConventionSouth: Over Connected?

Association Advisor: Are You Engaging Your Meeting Participants?

PSAV Interview: Charting Mobile Apps for Events 

BizBash: 17 Ways to Use Video to Market Your Event

Bizzabo: The 20 Must-Follow #Eventprofs 

SocialTables: New video: Corbin Ball on How Tech is Shaping Attendee Engagement


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My September/October 2014 travel schedule is bringing me to Paradise Island (Australia), New York, Anchorage, San Diego, Las Vegas (twice), DC, Istanbul, Antalya, numerous international webinars and likely 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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EventPro Planner Software is the complete event management solution for professional event planners. EventPro Planner's comprehensive and user-friendly features help you effectively plan the details of complex events at various venues. Create bookings, set up event details, manage attendees and booths, arrange travel and accommodation reservations, record detailed budgets, and much, much more.

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

IMEX America
October 14-16, 2014, 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
IITN 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.
pc/nametag® is the world’s largest distributor of meeting registration supplies. Using our own experiences as meeting planners, we develop and supply a wide assortment of in-stock and customizable products—from name tag holders and inserts to lanyards, badge organizers, name tag printers, giveaway items and more—that help keep your registration line moving and deliver a great first impression.
"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,

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. 

Active Network
ACTIVE Network Business Solutions delivers event management and registration software that enables organizations of all sizes to run SMART EVENTS - the next generation of events that save you time and money, build better relationships with your attendees and grow your business faster. 
Our global customers include over 1000 global associations and a large number of Fortune 100 companies.  They trust this suite of technology solutions and ACTIVE's experience to manage and develop their events in this accelerating industry.

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 

Bartizan Connects
LEAD RETRIEVAL that requires no Wi-Fi and costs event organizers nothing? The answer is Bartizan’s lead retrieval. 

Event professionals: click here to learn more about it.

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.

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