Corbin's September/October 2016 TechTalk Newsletter 

Volume XVIII, Issue 5

Welcome to the 18th anniversary issue of Corbin's TechTalk Newsletter providing the latest in technology to nearly 11,000 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. 

In this issue:

  • NEW ARTICLE: Seven Meetings Technology Trends to Watch for 2017
  • NEW VIDEO/ARTICLE: Jamie Muro and Convene Article
  • NEWS


These are exciting times. The rate of technology change is accelerating with thousands of ideas, apps and innovations bubbling up to help meeting planners, exhibitors, venues and other meeting participants to do their jobs better and improve the attendee experience.

This annual review covers many of the major events technology trends to watch for this coming year.



18th Annivesary

TechTalk Turns Eighteen!
In September 1998 (the same month that search engine Google started), the first issue of TechTalk was emailed to 40 people. 17 years later, with nearly 11,000 subscribers in more than 70 countries, this newsletter is one of the largest and, by far, the longest-running e-newsletter/blog focusing on meetings and tradeshow technology and it keeps growing. I feel honored to have your support as a subscriber and I extend my hearty thanks to the sponsors who make this newsletter possible. As always, your feedback is valued. Please forward this newsletter to anyone you may be interested in receiving a copy.

Groupize is teaming up with Concur to offer an integrated solution that empowers corporate administrators and travel arrangers with precise traveler profile data and visibility into traveler stays.

A natural alliance between a major mobile event app company and a lead retrieval/session tracking provider.

This tool draws real-time data from Etouches' technology stack—sourcing, registration, mobile and onsite activity—to give a view of an event's return on investment.

60 Most Influential Event Professionals to Follow by Science

Honored to be included at #5 on this list created by Bizzabo. The rankings are based on Klout Score, Moz Page Authority, Twitter Follower/Following ratio, and other qualifications.


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6 Meeting Industry-Related Sites: 

  • Zenvoy:  This high-end networking cloud-based web app (native apps coming) will be used at this year's IMEX America. Using a series of stock and customizable questions during registration and other criteria such a job tile, this product promises very high quality event networking matches starting about one month prior to the events and extending for several months after.
  • The Event Planning Checklist: 77 Tips for Event Success
  • Marriott Meetings Imangined Inspiration & Tools: Some excellent ideas in this extensive, interactive photo gallery.
  • EasyRAUM:  German-based room diagramming software with a very cool virtual-reality mode. Check out this demo using your smartphone and Google Carboard or other VR interface.
  • Grip: Billed as the "first event networking app powered by artificial intelligence" has many interesting features including a Tinder-style interface.  
  • EventGeek -- New event project management tool -- described as "Asana meets analytics" Fully mobilized with extensive interoperability with many other technology products.

7 Sites Just for Fun:
*Thanks to Matthew Mazerolle for the link suggestions.

"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I may remember. Involve me and I learn." – Benjamin Franklin
"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."  -- Albert Einstein
"Everyone acquainted with the subject will recognize it as a conspicuous failure." --Henry Morton, President of the Stevens Institute of Technology, on Edison's incandescent lamp (c.1880)
"Lee DeForest has said in many newspapers and over his signature that it would be possible to transmit the human voice across the Atlantic before many years. Based on these absurd and deliberately misleading statements, the misguided public ... has been persuaded to purchase stock in his company." -- a U.S. District Attorney, prosecuting American inventor Lee DeForest for selling stock fraudulently through the mail for his Radio Telephone Company (1913)


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AllianceTech 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. 

AttendeeNetAttendee Management Inc.
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 512-842-1612

B Com

B-Com Event & Association Management Software

B-Com is a ground-breaking platform for operators of any size, its latest version matching cutting-edge solutions with the most advanced ergonomy and unrestricted business logics.
Every day, thousands of users deliver successful events across the planet, managing with confidence: event marketing, registrations, accommodation, abstracts, programmes, exhibitions, sponsorships, budgets, and associations.

B-Com is a PSiDEO software, with offices in Geneva, Toronto, Singapore and Bangalore

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 
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.
CTI New1

CTI Meeting Technology
For more than 30 years, CTI Meeting Technology has provided medical, scientific, and engineering associations with content management, abstracts handling, presentation management, and digital asset support.

We understand your unique challenges and offer integrated solutions to make your life easier and your conferences more successful!


etouches is a global end-to-end event management software solution. The success-oriented and cloud-based platform delivers innovative technology solutions to streamline the event process and increase ROI. With a focus on event sourcing, registration, marketing, logistics, engagement and data, the software solution has been able to serve more than 20,000 event professionals in corporations, associations, agencies and educational institutions.

EventProEventPro Software
Whether your needs relate to venue scheduling, event planning, online attendee registrations, table and seating management, floor plans, travel and accommodation management, budgeting, invoicing, online payments, catering and delivery management, a mixture of all the above, or a varied selection of other event, venue and catering management requirements, EventPro has you covered!

EventsAir by Centium Software is for event organizers needing a turnkey solution to efficiently manage events. Easy to use and mobile optimized, it features unique capabilities, including real-time data, mobile apps and multiple productivity tools in a secure cloud environment. It's an end-to-end solution developed by and for event professionals.

IMEX America 
October 18-20, 2016, 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
ITN 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.

Meeting Evolution (ME) - a web-based Strategic Meetings Management (SMM) platform managing the entire meetings lifecycle. ME SMM includes event request processing; sourcing of venues, custom contract management, post-event reporting and meeting spend analysis; event planning to create BEO's; attendee registration and housing with a dynamic on-line/mobile APP for your attendees.
"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 Software has 30+ years of experience providing event management software to the world's top exhibitions, conferences and associations. Ungerboeck offers an industry-leading solution that contains a CRM system designed for booth sales, a comprehensive event registration system, modern CAD floor-planning tools, and integrated accounting. Visit for more information.
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