Corbin's March/April 2014 TechTalk Newsletter
Volume XVI, Issue 2







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: Geofencing and iBeacons: Coming to an Event near You!
  • NEW ARTICLE/INTERVIEW: Event Tech Tips for Small Businesses and Nonprofits
  • NEW VIDEO: Charting Mobile Apps for Events
  • NEW VIDEO: Trends and the Future of Event Technology
  • NEW VIDEO: Combining Mobile Technology and Events
  • NEW WEBINAR: Trade Shows: Keeping Your Audience Engaged
  • NEWS

A geofence is a virtual perimeter around a geographic area, such as a hotel, a conference center, an exhibition or any another arbitrary boundary. This article covers the many opportunities for events.

NEW ARTICLE/INTERVIEW: Event Tech Tips for Small Businesses and Nonprofits
The interview blog posting by Constant Contact has a number of tips and ideas about using technology.

NEW VIDEO: Charting Mobile Apps for Events
I interview Matthew Donegan-Ryan from CrowdCompass/Cvent on new mobile developments.

NEW VIDEO: Trends and the Future of Event Technology
Joe Federico's EventTech interview with me covering a wide range of meetings technology issues.

NEW VIDEO: Combining Mobile Technology and Events
EventsUncovered video interview by Silvia Pellegrini.

NEW WEBINAR: Trade Shows: What Matters in 2014 - Keeping Your Audience Engaged
TSNN Webinar moderated by Marlys Arnold. Panelists: William Sell, Event development specialist at Advisor Communications and me.


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!

Ungerboeck becomes UFI Software Partner 
3-year partnership to use its software for over 650 shows.

Cendyn acquires Arcaneo
Cendyn, a significant interactive marketing company, acquires Arcaneo, a significant strategic meetings management (SMM) company.

Cvent Launches CrowdTourch - New Audience Management Tool
DoubleDutch Announces iBeacon-enabled Features for Live Events
Very cool technology!

Active Network Business Solutions Merges with Lanyon
Active Network Business Solutions, which acquired StarCite three years ago, has broken off from its parent company, Active Network, to merge with hotel technology provider Lanyon.

Active Network Unveils Substantially Upgraded eRFP Tool: MarketView 3.0
Up to 70% faster than previously.

Attendify Partners with Eventbrite

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6 Meeting Industry-Related Sites:
Event logistics management (a conference binder) for the iPad and other devices.

OLE - Online Location Engagements
Interesting new technology using i-Beacons. 


Interesting mobile Q&A and polling product

Google introduces 'Chromebox For Meetings'
HD video conferencing system starting at US$999.

Showplans 3D Interactive Environments
Cool 3D viewer!

MeetingsNet Magazine on iPad inaugural issue just released.
This is very cool -- the future of publishing! 

5 Business/Utility Sites:

Dr. Mardy's Dictionary of Metaphorical Quotations (DMDMQ)
Excellent, extremely well referenced quotation site.
How iBeacons Could Change the World Forever

Able2Extract PDF Converter
Need to convert a PDF or HTML file to Word or other Office format? This does the trick well. Free trial.

Turn your Apple or Android mobile device into a laser pointer/PPT advance.
This miniature device slides into the mobile headphone jack. The app allow full control of the PowerPoint slides, cursor, etc.

7 Sites Just for Fun:

9-year-old Amira Wins Holland's Got Talent Final: 'Nessun Dorma'

One year in 40 seconds

Pilot's View Of Airbus A380 Approach And Landing At San Francisco

An interesting film showing London in 1923 and 2013 side-by-side.

The Bear - Film by Jean-Jacques Annaud
An amazing short video from a bear cub's perspective. 

T-Rex Illusion

This crow is the smartest bird you have ever seen. 


It is our attitude in life that determines life's attitude towards us 
 --. Earl Nightingale

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. 
 -- Henry Miller


Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible. -- Lord Kelvin

Airplanes suffers from so many technical faults that it is only a matter of time before any reasonable man realizes that they are useless!" --
Scientific American (1910)


12 Tech Trends to Get You Thinking About How To Design Better, More Engaging Meetings

The lead story in the inaugural issues of MeetingsNet Magazine.

Geofencing Corrals Meetings: Please Fence Me in

MeetingFocus article by Ruth Hill on geo-fencing for events.

Tech Support

Northwest Meetings and Events magazine article (pages 20-21) on apps and tools to help your business.

Using Technology to Enhance Fundraising Efforts

5 Fabulous Tools to Curate Meeting Content

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Bartizan Connects

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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.

ITN International

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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 
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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. 
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