Posts Categorized: Event Rebels Blog

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Mobile Monday: 3 BAD Reasons For Not Having a Mobile App at Your Meeting

Despite all the great functionality of today’s mobile apps for conferences and events, there are still a very large number of organizations that have not worked this technology into their show. While some reasons may be appropriate – like being too small or requiring a high level of security – most of the reasons given do not really make any sense. Here are three bad reasons to not have a mobile app for your meeting. “I don’t have anything to put on my mobile app” Oh really? How about your complete program schedule with links to detailed write-ups of your... Read more »

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Rebel Review: What’s New? – Hearing Alexander Graham Bell

If you’re in town next month for Washington DC’s Cherry Blossom Festival after enjoying the sight of those beautiful, delicate blooms at the peak of their beauty give your sense of sound an equally amazing treat. Make your way to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History’s new exhibit where you can hear for the first time the voice of one of the world’s greatest inventors. Alexander Graham Bell is universally known for inventing the telephone, a device that’s morphed into today’s smart phones. While his transformative invention has allowed people to hear each other’s voice for more than 130... Read more »

Rebel Wanderer: Detroit

We read an interesting article this week on the surging comeback of the Detroit meetings market and we became very intrigued. So, we did what we always do as wanderers and explored. Here’s some awesome entertainment and venues that we found in Motor City. The Detroit Beer Co. Opened in September 2003, the Detroit Beer Co. occupies the first two floors of the recently restored Hartz Building on Broadway in Downtown Detroit just steps from Comerica Park and Ford field making it the best spot for pre & post event. Detroit Beer Co. is a brewpub located on Broadway Street in downtown... Read more »

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Tech Tuesday: What 3D Projection Mapping Can Do For Your Event

One of the most amazing technologies to hit the world of events and entertainment the last few years is that of 3D projection mapping. In short, this technology can take anything and turn it into a surface for video. What makes 3D projection unique is that those backgrounds are not your classic movie screens, but can be irregularly shaped objects like buildings or even bridges. The general technique is to take the target image and create a “virtual map” of the object. Projectors and specialized software can then take this map and create an object with a new identity. A... Read more »

Mobile Monday: Attendees as Participants

As we continue to explore new engagement offerings for our attendees, it’s important to begin making a distinction between what an attendee and a participant is. While attendees in the past may have had a passive role at an event or conference, participants want to be involved and they consider themselves stakeholders. Crowdsourcing is a buzzword that is thrown around often when discussing participants in the event and meeting process. It will be interesting to see when an industry association like PCMA or MPI is willing to take the bullet and attempt a crowdsourced conference. The combination of social media and... Read more »

Rebel Roundup: AV Trends, Biz Traveler Apps, Beacons, and Fingerprinting

This week’s rebel round-up includes articles about AV trends, Business Traveler Apps, Beacons, and Fingerprinting!  Enjoy! Audio Visual Trends to Watch in 2015 – Global Experience Specialists (@GESGlobal) 5 Mobile Spas to Book For Meetings and Events – BizBash (@bizbash) 5 Amazing Apps for Business Travelers – Fox News (@kimkomando) Beacons Guide the Way for Event Organizers and Attendees – Trade Show News Network (@TSNN_com_US) Is Fingerprinting The Next Step In Travel Security? – Travel Pulse (@travelpulse) Behind the Surging Comeback of the Detroit Meetings Market – Greg Oates (@gregoates) See you next week with more interesting articles for the event and meeting industry! Follow us on twitter for more articles... Read more »

Rebel Wanderer: Hollywood, CA

In honor of this past weekend’s Academy Awards, we thought we’d take a closer look at some of the amazing landmarks and venues that make up the home of glitz and glamour, Hollywood, California. The Dolby Theatre It’s only right that we start this off with the one and only Dolby Theatre, formerly known as the Kodak Theatre, home to the Academy Awards itself. While the Dolby Theatre has most often hosted public cultural events, such as concerts and other performances, it has also occasionally served private purposes, such as weddings and corporate events. The 180,000-square-foot, 3,400-seat Dolby Theatre is located within... Read more »

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Tech Tuesday: How to Streamline your Call for Papers Review Process

There are few aspects of speaker management that can be more painful than the process of reviewing submissions from an open Call for Papers. If the review is conducted in the classical way, the planners will find themselves buried in a bewildering collection of PDFs, Word docs and spreadsheets. Hours upon hours can be spent communicating with the review team, collating information and somehow trying to make sense of it all. In between all of this manual work is the need to give proper consideration to all the submissions and being fair in the final judgments of which presentation is... Read more »

Mobile Monday: Oscar Upgrades Tech, Doubles Down on Engagement

A lot of tech upgrades were made to the 3,400-seat Dolby Theatre to pull off the 87th Annual Academy Awards yesterday in Hollywood, CA. Miles of fiber-optic cables were rolled out, a 4G LTE cell tower added, and motors, seats, and a screen were removed from the theater, all in anticipation for the big night. For the first time ever, technology helped stars and their fans connect through social media during the show. This year, the Oscar green room, designed by Architectural Digest with the help of eventual Best Actress winner Julianne Moore, had Samsung tablets and a “GIF mirror” to let... Read more »

Rebel Roundup: Hilton, Travel Safety, Medical Meetings, and Meeting Attendance

This week’s rebel round-up includes articles about Hilton, Travel Safety, Medical Meetings, and Meeting Attendance!  Enjoy! How Hilton Is Attempting to Redefine the Airport Hotel – Skift (@skift) 11 Ways to Engage a Literary Crowd – BizBash (@bizbash) 5 Principles to Make Every Minute of Your Meeting Count – EventManagerBlog (@EventMB) 10 important safety tips for travelers – Smarter Travel (@SmarterTravel) How Medical Meetings Are Solving Big Issues With Hybrid Technology – PCMA (@pcmahq) 5 Creative Ways to Increase Meeting Attendance – Smart Meetings (@SmartMeetings) See you next week with more interesting articles for the event and meeting industry! Follow us on twitter for more articles like this posted... Read more »