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

    Event Rebels Tech Tuesday

    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

    Event Rebels Mobile Monday

    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 »


  • kchopson

    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 »


  • Tech Tuesday: Improve Your Meeting Attendee’s ROI with Networking Technology

    Event Rebels Tech Tuesday

    A report by Conventions 2020 on the future of meetings, events, exhibitions and conferences looked at the incentives for attending events and found that 76% of respondents cited the quality of networking as the single biggest factor that would encourage them to attend events. The networking factor beat out content, interaction and use of technology to take the number one motivating spot. In addition, the average person carries 2.9 electronic devices including smartphones, laptops, and tablets. Those are powerful tools that meeting planners should use to enhance networking events in order to achieve the greatest ROI for their attendees. 56%... Read more »