Corbin's May/June 2014 TechTalk Newsletter
|Volume XVI, Issue 3|
Welcome to Corbin's TechTalk Newsletter, in its fifteen 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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Convention videography has been used frequently over the past several decades. Cameras are used to interview speakers/exhibitors/event leaders, to record and stream/rebroadcast event proceedings, to record highlight shows at incentive meetings to show everyone involved during the final banquet what a great time they had, for exhibitor webcasts and much more.
However, the camera perspective has been pretty much unchanged. Typically, tripod mounted cameras have been used in fairly static shots. This is about to change dramatically.
I recently saw first-hand at the SITE Texas Technology Summit at the Hard Rock Riviera Maya what I believe will be a significant breakthrough: aerial video and photography for events.
NEW VIDEO: Trends and the Future of Event Technology
Joe Federico's EventTech interview with me covering a wide range of meetings technology issues.
The use of videos for marketing, training and sales tools is on the rise in all areas of business including meetings and events. This guest article covers several points to improve them.
Corbin to Chair EIBTM's Technology Watch Award for the 11th Year.
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 as well. Deadline for submissions is Friday September 5, 2014. The award will be given Wednesday 26 November 2014 in Barcelona. More information as it becomes available can be found at www.eibtm.com/techwatch.
Corbin's Meetings Technology Link File Updated (1,500+ categorized links)
"Corbin's Favorites", the web's most comprehensive list of categorized web links on events and tradeshow technology has just been reorganized and updated. The Mobile Technology section has been significantly expanded with 20 subcategories. There are 55 subcategories in total. If you are looking for a specific meetings or tradeshow technology product, it is very likely on this list!
Meetings Industry Plans Inaugural 'Exhibitions Day' on Capitol Hill June 16-17
Lanyon Acquires Passkey
Lanyon, who just recently merged with Active Network Business Solutions, acquires a housing technology powerhouse, Passkey.
GenieConnect Introduces New iBeacon Enabled Audience Response Solutions
MPI Foundation Canada Releases Results of In-Depth Meetings Study
DMAI Launches Destination Management Org. (DMO) Performance Tool
21 LINKS FOR MEETINGS, BUSINESS AND FUN --
7 Meeting Industry-Related Sites:
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Another option for a mobile event specification guide for planners.
BTAG NFC and Bluetooth proximity sensors to exchange product info and contact information for events and exhibits
Excellent ideas from ITN.
XING Events Social Media for Events Survey
I encourage all meeting professionals to take part in this annual survey (formerly distributed by Amiando). Each year it yields very interesting results. Results will be published in August.
SlideDog Article: Audience Response Systems - How To Get It Right
The Event App Bible 2
Very well researched white paper by Julius Solaris on mobile event apps.
Virtual Event Bags
Mobile app to reduce paper brochures at events.
7 Business/Utility Sites:
Carl Sagan: A Universe Not Made for Us
A few of my favorite Travel Apps:
The major airport flight boards in the app
An excellent travel booking aggregator app.
Airport Transit Guide
How to get from the airport to the hundreds of cities around the world.
Airport information around the world
Maps of nearly all the world's subway systems
Free Wi-Fi Finder
Where is the Wi-Fi near you? Internet connection is not needed.
7 Sites Just for Fun:
Color Changing Card Trick
How observant are you?
The Tour De France Explained
This 10-minute animated video does a great job of explaining the complexities of the race. This year's race starts on July 4th and I will be watching!
The future of augmented reality?
Here is Today
Click to find relative lengths of a day, human kind, the eons, etc.
Great flash mob: Welcome Back - Heathrow Airport
Amazing Dove Magic - Britain's Got Talent 2014
Flying Trapeze With The Greatest Of Ease
The Flying Shanghai Circus Acrobats with their amazing performing at the International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo.
QUOTES OF THE MONTH:
"Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens." - Jimi Hendrix
"No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow." - Lin Yutang
"All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware." - Martin Buber
SHORT-SIGHTED TECHNOLOGY PREDICTIONS OF THE MONTH:
"Space travel is bunk." - Sir Harold Spencer Jones, Astronomer Royal of Britain, 1957, two weeks before the launch of Sputnik
"Professor Goddard does not know the relation between action and reaction and the need to have something better than a vacuum against which to react. He seems to lack the basic knowledge ladled out daily in high schools." - New York Times, in editorial about Robert Goddard's revolutionary rocket work, 1921
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