Wasting time

It’s odd that, in an era when we are more time-poor than ever, we are using technology to come up with ever more sophisticated ways to waste time. Take social media as an example. I’m not a great Twitter user and only follow 12 other users, mostly trade magazines. Even so, my Twitter feed of…

Older people and technology

There’s an assumption in many parts of the meetings industry that older people are anti-tech and therefore can be safely ignored when discussing issues relating to technology. People should bear a couple of facts in mind: first, older people are often the ones who, if not actually making purchasing decisions, hold the purse strings. Second…

So much misinformation

Perhaps I shouldn’t let it get to me but I get really irritated by the amount of misinformation that’s bandied around the meeting and exhibition industries these days. What do I mean? I had an email a while ago from somebody suggesting that ‘big data’ would be a good topic for a seminar for the…

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…