Corbin's July/August 2014 TechTalk Newsletter
Volume XVI, Issue 4







Welcome to Corbin's TechTalk Newsletter, in its fifteenth year of providing the latest in technology to nearly 10,000 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: As Technology Changes Events, These Five Things Will Likely Stay the Same
  • NEW VIDEO: Wearable Technology for Events
  • NEW VIDEO: EventTech Podcast at Plannertech
  • NEWS

We are living in a time of unprecedented technology change. How will these changes affect meetings and tradeshows? Will they remain a central form of education, networking and marketing? Will virtual meetings and other communication technologies replace the need for face-to-face events and exhibitions? Although there will likely be very significant changes in these next few years, here are five strong drivers that bode well for the future of events. 

NEW VIDEO: Wearable Computing for Events

NEW VIDEO: EventTech Podcast at Plannertech
Interview starts at 0:50 covering a range of meetings tech topics.

Corbin's January/February 2014 TechTalk Newsletter -

Call for EIBTM Technology Watch Applications 
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 I have been asked 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:

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6+ Meeting Industry-Related Sites:


Formerly Amlink (the world's first meeting planning software company established in 1984), then purchased by Certain, now as a separate entity again with a range of new meeting planning/attendee management tools.

Novel mobile audience feedback and engagement tool. See video for details.

Free Event and Meeting Planning App from CIC & Social Tables

Social media brand integration for events. Much more than a Twitter Wall.

Attendify -- Low cost event app

gDoc -- Free paperless binder offer (a repeat from the last issue)
This is the best tool I have seen to create a paperless conference binder on your PC
 and transfer to iPads (Android version coming this fall). Loaded with tools for binder creation, annotation, document management, document editing, multiple formats and much more, this could be a perfect tool for you to use as a paperless event binder. As a benefit to TechTalk subscribers, gDocs is offering a free voucher code (for 10 binders - a $10 value) for you to try. All they ask in return is that you send them feedback to: Eric Worrall This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Also, please let me know how it works for you as well.

Go to:  Voucher Code: CORBINBALL

Please note: TechTalk is providing this with no financial compensation (I have never taken even a cent of commission on any product sales in the nearly 16 years this newsletter has been running). I mention this product offer solely for your benefit!

6 Business/Utility Sites:
Internet Directory
A scrolling list of 115 million .COM website URLs, in alphabetical order

Should I Remove It? -- Helping to decide which PC programs to purge

Readability Score: How readable is your text?

Talk to an actual person when you call customer service.

6 Sites Just for Fun:

"One's destination is never a place, but a new way of looking at things."
-- Henry Miller

"It is easier to go down the mountain than up, but the view from the top is best." -Anonymous

"Diplomacy is the art of telling people to go to hell in such a way that they ask for directions"- Winston Churchill. British statesman (from Conversationmatter newsletter)


"In all fairness to those who by training are not prepared to evaluate the fundamental difficulties of going from one planet to another, or even from the earth to the moon, it must be stated that there is not the slightest possibility of such journeys." -- F.R. Moulton, American astronomer (1935) 

"Man won't fly for a thousand years."
- Wilbur Wright, to brother Orville after a disappointing flying experiment (1901)


Eleven Event Planning Blogs You Should Be Reading Right Now

Smart Meetings: Meetings 2020

Corporate Meetings Network: Mobile event apps increasingly more strategic for meeting planners

Successful Meetings: Adoption of Mobile Apps Lags for Small Meetings, Study Shows

QuickMobile: The Mobile Event Possibilities of iBeacons and Beacons

Planning An Event? These Infographics Are Sure to Help
Corporate Meetings & Events: Venue Choices - Ask the Right Questions, Make the Right Choice (page 63)

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My July/August 2014 travel schedule is bringing me to Grand Rapids, Minneapolis, Daydream Island, Australia, 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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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.

 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.   


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.

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.

"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.


 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.

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