Best not to be an early adopter

Just recently a few voices have been raised claiming that people in the meetings industry should become early adopters. In some industry sectors, people wear the label ‘early adopter’ as a badge of honour: they see themselves at the forefront of whatever technology excites them. These are the people who can be seen queuing outside…

Has anything changed in the last 40 years?

There’s never been a shortage of people ready to claim that the meetings industry is going to change out of all recognition over the next ten or twenty years; it doesn’t matter what the starting date is, the next 10 to 20 years are always going to see dramatic changes. It often makes for entertaining…

Celebrating 20 years of the Web

On 30 April 1993 the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland published details of the World Wide Web and, most importantly, made it freely available. The purpose was originally to enable to exchange of scientific information between physicists in universities and institutes around the world. But the inventor of the technology, Tim Berners-Lee…

LinkedIn Events closure: probably doesn’t matter

So the LinkedIn events function has been discontinued? In all honesty, it probably doesn’t matter because it’s unlikely that it ever helped to attract any attendees to any conference or exhibition. In that respect it was no different to the events function in Facebook. There will be some who are probably already composing their rebuttal…

The role of technology in events

Having been an organiser of product launches and conferences, I’ve always known that it was a stressful occupation. At the same time it was hugely satisfying and I always thought that I was incredibly lucky to have such a great job. These days, though, I have enormous sympathy with organisers. Apart from all the stresses…

Conference App recommendations

A correspondent on one of the discussion forums that I watch recently posted a message asking for advice about having an app created for the conference that he runs. Surprisingly, he wasn’t buried under a deluge of messages from apps developers. I provided a fairly basic response: Before you make a decision, you need to…

Clarifying the benefits of NFC and RFID

An article appeared in the October 2012 edition of Exhibition news, making some startling claims about the benefits of radio frequency identification (RFID) and near field communications (NFC). Unfortunately the explanation of the pros and cons by the author of the piece was confusing. He said ‘At nearly all trade shows, a visitor has a…

Making technology work

We all know the latest shiny thing will always attract attention and this is just as true in the meetings industry as anywhere else. Sometimes this leads to the implementation of technology for its own sake. The cry is ‘Look what it can do’ and never mind whether it is relevant or not. In reality…