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Tech Tuesday: Meerkat Explodes At SXSW

“We’ve seen a lot of people taking it to conferences, streaming to more than 1200 people. Have you ever held your phone with 1200 people watching?” said Ben Rubin, CEO of Meerkat, the live video tweet app that has taken SXSW by storm. Meerkat lets users live-stream video over Twitter and interact with followers who are watching. “The mission of the app is to get live video to travel in the speed of tweets,” Meerkat CEO Ben Rubin said in an interview with USA TODAY broadcast over the app. Meerkat’s popularity is more proof that attendees of events and conferences... Read more »

Tech Tuesday: Is a Google Event App a Threat to Current Suppliers?

While little is known about the Google Event App, Google has published a new mobile events application on Google Play called “Interactive Events.” Here’s what we can tell you: 1. Google appears to have accidentally released the unfinished app and a true release date is yet to be determined. 2. Access to event information appears to use QR codes and confirmation codes for user identification. 3. Sync with Google Calendar will be an option. 4. Standard features like agenda, location, speakers, videos and notes are present. So, is Google poised to take down all the Mom and Pop event app suppliers on... 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 »

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Rebel Wanderer: Long Beach, California

As an old family home, I have many fond memories of Long Beach, California. I can’t think of any city with more beautiful street names – Bellflower, Cherry, Ximeno, Alamitos – it seems like every one is a gem. Having recently seen both “Gone in 60 Seconds” movies, I realized that the films were homages to this wonderful ocean-side city with one of the most bustling ports in the world. Downtown Long Beach Even when downtown Long Beach was considered an eyesore, the area had a certain special quality. It’s now defunct “Acres of Books” store was a popular haunt... Read more »

Rebel Wanderer: Charlotte’s Got A Lot

If you’ve never been to Charlotte before you don’t even know what you’re missing. I had the pleasure of learning more about this incredible destination from our friends at Visit Charlotte. I had no idea there was so much to do there. When they say “Charlotte’s Got A Lot” they aren’t kidding. This week we’re highlighting three unique venues we think you need to know about! NASCAR Hall of Fame The NASCAR Hall of Fame provides you with a venue where you can experience it all. Have a reception encircled by NASCAR memorabilia in the Great Hall, eat dinner beside a NASCAR Hall... Read more »

Tech Tuesday: Slo-Mo Is The New Photo

We’ve all seen the party photo booths with tables full of props, crazy hats, and fake mustaches. In fact, you probably have a couple photo strips from your cousin’s wedding taped to your cubicle, right? Photo booths have been a popular party trend for a while now. But, there’s something new hitting the event circuit, the slo-mo video booth! More and more companies are popping up like The Slow Motion Booth and SloMo Lounge that offer this unique video experience. This innovative event entertainment activity offers broadcast quality, high definition slow motion playback by shooting video at 240 frames for per second using... Read more »

Rebel Wanderer: Boston

Boston may be covered in snow right now, but after being named the US Olympic Committee’s 2024 Summer Olympic Bid choice nobody can deny that Boston is a hot destination. I had the pleasure of visiting Boston for the first time a year ago for PCMA’s 2014 Convening Leaders and discovered that this historic city has a lot to offer. Boston Common The starting point of the Freedom Trail, Boston Common is the oldest park in the country. The park is almost 50 acres in size. Fittingly, many historic memorials fill the park including the Plaque to the Great Elm... Read more »

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Seven Hot Meeting Technologies to Watch in 2014

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The meetings industry is riding the wave of many exciting technology trends. Here are seven to watch – be ready to make them part of your meeting! Mobile Mobile is the dominant technology of the moment. For planners, the most important application is the meeting app. At a minimum, these apps need to be the go-to place for the show’s schedule, the individual’s itinerary and maps. Apps are also taking on many other duties: social networking, exhibitor/sponsor guides, speaker directories, audience response systems, surveys, and replacing traditional hardware like those used for lead retrieval. Responsive Web Sites An individual may... Read more »

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EventRebels API Documentation

EROnline Online Registration API documentation ERSpeaker Call for Papers and Speaker Management API documentation ERShow Online Trade Show and Exhibitor Management API documentation ERPeople Online Membership Management API documentation ERLead Lead Retrieval API documentation EventRebels has a new REST api available that is currently in BETA. The documentation can be viewed here. Please contact us if you’re interested in using it.