Corbin's January/February 2014 TechTalk Newsletter
Volume XVI, Issue 1







Happy New Year! 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: Wearable/Ultra-portable Computers for Events
  • NEW ARTICLE/VIDEO: Top Event Tech Trends of 2013; What's Ahead for 2014
  • NEW ARTICLE: The True Cost of Free Wi-Fi
  • NEW ARTICLE: Virtual Conference Tools for Education
  • NEWS

Google Glass, smart watches, NFC rings, smart bracelets, and smart clothing will impact events and tradeshows in the next few years as attendees literally embody these devices to assist them at events.

NEW ARTICLE AND VIDEO: Top Event Tech Trends of 2013 -- What's Ahead for 2014
This article and video interview by International Meetings Review covers a number of emerging tech trends.

Although I feel free Wi-Fi in hotels guest rooms and meeting facilities will eventually become routine as water or electricity, this guest article makes some good points on what to consider in today's environment. 

In recent years, virtual conferencing has allowed educators to stay at home while participating in seminars and various conferences. Conference calling using internet have revolutionized the way education is progressing by an easy access to learning. This guest article covers the benefits.


"Corbin's Bookmark Favorites" File To Be Updated by the March 2014 Issue of TechTalk
 "Corbin's Favorites", the web's most comprehensive list of categorized web links on events and tradeshow technology is in the process of being updated for the next issue of TechTalk. Currently it has more than 1,500 meetings technology links in 60 categories. If you have suggestions for additions, please let me know. 

The current file is available at:

7 Meeting Industry-Related Sites:

Very interesting social, mobile, gamification mobile web app

Automated or human simultaneous interpretation on the Web in 78 languages.

PowWow Smart
This product provides a very significant advance in DMC ground transportation management.

The Power of Video in the Enterprise
Video Interview: Growth of Super-Entities
Video Interview: Business Revival In Colombia
This interview for PSAV discusses my recent experiences speaking in Colombia and the interest in developing the meetings industry there.
Video Interview: Mobile Event Guide Book Benefits
A segment on IAEE TV starting at 1:30. 

7 Business/Utility Sites:

Robots: How and Amazon Warehouse Works

NFC Rings -- another step toward wearable computing

iBeacon -- Another mobile advance that will likely work its way into events         

Infographic: Social media trust index

Infographic: 21 Rules for Effective Social Media Strategies

Khan Academy -- Free online courses - some are excellent!

How A CPU Is Made
How do you fit 100 billion transistors and several kilometers of conductors into a space no larger than a fingernail?

7 Sites Just for Fun:

Bicycle airbag "helmet" from Sweden

'The Writer' Automaton by Pierre Jaquet-Droz (1774)
The Writer,' a 240-year-old automaton in the form of a boy, created by Swiss clockmaker Pierre Jaquet-Droz (1774), has about 6,000 parts and is programmable.

Alma Deutscher - 8-Year-Old Music Prodigy

Huge Bear Surprises Crew on EcoBubble Photo Shoot in BC
Very funny commercial!
Footage shot from 1896-1900 in Paris, Milan, London, Venice, New York and other cities around the world

2013 In 4 Minutes - Year in Review

People Are Awesome 2013


"People don't take trips -- Trips take people"  -- John Steinbeck

"Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you." -- Carl Sandburg

"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson


"A rocket will never be able to leave the Earth's atmosphere." --New York Times, 1936

"Louis Pasteur's theory of germs is ridiculous fiction." --
Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872



What will events look like in 2050?

Meetings Before, During and After
Alaska Airlines Magazine article on extending the impact of an event outside of the event dates. Artilce begins on Page 83.

TechsyTalk Interview

OPPORTUNITY! Why The MICE Sector Is a Golden chance For Startups

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Bartizan Connects

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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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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.

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SpotMe's robust mobile event app technology, meeting architecture consulting and support empower you to achieve your vision,

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