Volume 22,  Issue 1

Welcome to the resurrected TechTalk Newsletter (see news release below). 

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: How Facial Recognition Will Disrupt the Events Landscape
  • NEW ARTICLE: Artificial Intelligence - The Upcoming Impact on Events
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Facial recognition technology has the ability to transform the events industry, but it remains to be seen how attendees will respond to the biometrics solutions coming onto the market.

Potential uses for facial recognition include simplifying the on-site registration process, tracking attendee facial expressions to gauge interest in programming, enhancing security and providing more personalized attendee interactions.

NEW ARTICLE: Artificial Intelligence - The Upcoming Impact on Events

Artificial intelligence (AI) will have a huge impact on events and society in general. Here are a number of ways that this is already happening.


In the past issue of TechTalk, I announced, after 22 years of publication, that I would cease the publication of TechTalk.  After nearly 100 responses urging a continuance, I have considered another option. TechTalk will continue but will be produced by the team at AVaStar, a service offering of Electro-Media Design and my friend, Jeff Loether, an industry-recognized thought leader in presentations, meetings and event technologies. I will continue to contribute with occasional articles and other content.

The schedule is tentatively set for six time per year and, although the format will remain roughly the same, Jeff and his staff will bring a new energy and promise additional offerings such as podcasts and webcasts.

-- Corbin Ball


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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.


Evenium provides technology covering the entire event management value chain, from registration and check-in to interactivity before, during, and after your meeting. Evenium empowers professionals with the tools needed to design interactive events where attendees are captivated by engaging presentations thanks to the event app ConnexMe. Evenium solutions are used by more than 15,000 event professionals across the globe.

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Electro-Media Design, Ltd.

Electro-Media Design is THE independent AudioVisual and Acoustical consultant of choice for the world’s best hotels and conference centers. Offering services ranging from feasibility surveys and master planning to venue technology design, project management, and commissioning for new construction, renovations, and additions. EMD does NOT sell or install AV systems, serving as our clients’ advocates. Founded in 1990, EMD has completed over 1,000 hospitality technology projects worldwide.

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AVaStar, Ltd.

AVaStar is the first and only AV Services management platform built specifically for use by internal venue staff to manage the day-to-day needs of presentation technology services. By combining a web-based, subscription SaaS with on-line, on-demand AV training and an over-arching level of management consulting AVaStar is the above-property support resource that venues have been looking for.

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TrackMany™ captures an undiscovered data stream at your events and serves up anonymous performance metrics like traffic patterns, visitor count, engagement, dwell time, age, gender and sentiment. Easy to setup and use, TrackMany™ generates understandable, real-time reports that you can act on to optimize and validate your strategies.

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 ungerboeck.com for more information.

Attendee 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 512-847-5174.

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Certain is the leading enterprise Event Automation solution that helps data-driven marketers and event professionals integrate rich buying signals and attendee insights into omni-channel marketing campaigns to improve sales and marketing results and deliver event ROI. Certain partners with hundreds of companies across tens of thousands of events with millions of attendees.
Cvent is a leading provider of event management technology offering integrated solutions for venue sourcing, registration, event management, check-in, badging, mobile guides, RFID attendance tracking, lead capture, event feedback, metrics and analytics.

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An exceptional user experience is the core of your successful event. Lose the workarounds, branding disappointments and errors that plague so many events, with a fully branded event registration built to your exact specs. Engage a team with true event expertise and the technical chops to solve your biggest registration challenges.

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