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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In this issue:
  • NEW ARTICLE: Aerial (Drone) Video & Photography for Events
  • NEW VIDEO: Trends and the Future of Event Technology
  • NEW ARTICLE: Five Video Suggestions for Today's Meeting Planners  
  • NEWS
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's January/February 2014 TechTalk Newsletter -
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 

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 

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gDoc -- Free paperless binder offer
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 15 years this newsletter has been running). I mention this product offer solely for your benefit!

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

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
Helpful article

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.

How to get from the airport to the hundreds of cities around the world.
Airport information around the world

7 Sites Just for Fun:
How observant are you?

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?
Click to find relative lengths of a day, human kind, the eons, etc.

Great flash mob: Welcome Back - Heathrow Airport
The Flying Shanghai Circus Acrobats with their amazing performing at the International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo.

"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


"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


The Benefits of Cloud-Based Exhibition and Event Venue Management
Ungerboeck blog about cloud computing.

20 Must-Read Event Industry Blogs

How tech will change the meetings experience in 5 years: Say hello to your connected community

The Power of Video: Recruiting, Branding and Engagement

#EVENTTECH: Geo-Fencing

The Future of Meetings

How the Wearable Tech Revolution Could Transform Meetings

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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.

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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.

Our customizable online registration technology and mobile apps help streamline processes and drive exceptional events. Realize significant savings with our flat fee pricing model.

"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. 
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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 

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