Have you ever conducted a site inspection for an upcoming event and only realized after it was over a few important questions you forgot to ask? We’ve all been there, but thanks to a new product by QuickMobile, Jim Spellos and Corbin Ball, it never has to happen again! Launched just this week, I had the opportunity to interview Corbin about TechSpec – the new app designed to be your buddy at site visits to track all the important details you need to remember. I asked him about what inspired them to create this app and how it will be helpful for planners. Be sure to check out the full interview below, the press release and the website. Best of all – the app is FREE!
What inspired you to create TechSpec?
[Corbin Ball] Jim Spellos and I were speaking at a conference together about a year ago. In our conversations, we discovered that we were both independently developing a technology site inspection list for help planners assess hotels. It seemed natural to combine efforts. It was then a short step to develop an app to do this. I have worked with QuickMobile and when I asked them, they agreed convert our checklist into and easy to use app.
What is unique about this app as compared to other event-related apps?
[Corbin Ball] To my knowledge, this is the only app that addresses this issue. Full details on the app and checklists can be found at: http://www.corbinball.com/
What is your vision for how TechSpec will be used by event planners?
[Corbin Ball] This is meant to be a first iteration designed to enrich the conversation between planners and hotels about what technology is needed for successful events and guest room stays. We hope that planners will download the app and start using it. We also hope it will be a self-assessment tool for hotels as well. We hope that both sides will use this tool to engage in the dialogue.
QuickMobile Partners with Event Industry Thought Leaders to Create Free Mobile Venue Assessment App
TechSpec, brainchild of Corbin Ball and James Spellos, to make site inspections and comparison easier for meeting professionals
QuickMobile and event industry thought leaders Corbin Ball and James Spellos today launched TechSpec, a free iPhone and Android app that makes site visits and comparisons easier and more efficient. TechSpec helps meeting planners and organizers during site visits to quickly gather relevant information about venues’ technology capabilities and amenities, as well as document general hotel information and capture venue pictures. With the information, users can build detailed profiles and generate ratings for all venues, and then share their findings with others with a simple touch of a button.
“Site selection is critical to the success of an event, and TechSpec will help meeting professionals more effectively and efficiently evaluate and compare venues,” said Ball. “With the help of QuickMobile, we have taken everything that meeting planners would normally do on paper and put it on a mobile app. With TechSpec, meeting professionals not only have venue profiles and ratings at their fingertips, they can also share and compare their findings with their event teams and peers.”
“With each event, it becomes more evident that mobile technology is changing the event industry, for everything from how meeting organizers plan and manage meetings to how attendees interact and engage with exhibitors, sponsors and presenters,” added Spellos. “Recognizing this trend, Corbin and I turned to the leading developer of mobile solutions for the event industry, QuickMobile, and together, we have developed a one-of-a-kind solution that will further advance the event industry.”
TechSpec includes the following features:
- Capture key information – Track key venue contact information and add notes and photos to enhance property profiles
- Build detailed profiles – Build a detailed profile of guest rooms, meeting spaces and lobbies/public spaces that includes Internet, power outlet, television, ergonomic furniture and other relevant services and features
- Rate properties – Based upon user’s finding, venues are automatically assigned a rating score on a 100-point scale. The scoring is weighted to reflect a priority of the current needs of meeting planners and guests.
- Make comparisons – Quickly scan a list of venues to compare overall ratings for properties, or drill down to view ratings by category, including guest rooms, meeting spaces and public spaces.
- Export & Share – Instantly export all findings via email to share with others.
“TechSpec is designed exclusively for the meeting planner and was inspired by the collective experiences of two of the event industry’s strongest technology advocates,” said David Stratton, Vice President of Business Development for QuickMobile. “Meeting professionals have firmly embraced the capabilities and benefits of mobile technology, and by building a free tool that adds convenience to meeting planners’ processes, we are demonstrating one more example of our commitment to the event community.”
About Corbin Ball
Corbin Ball, CSP, CMP, MS is an international speaker, consultant and writer helping clients worldwide use technology to save time and improve productivity. With 20 years of experience running international technology meetings, he now is a highly acclaimed speaker with the ability to make complex subjects understandable and fun. His articles have appeared in hundreds of national and international publications and he has been quoted in the U.S. News and World Report, Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, Fast Company, PC Magazine and others. Corbin serves or has served on numerous hotel, corporate, convention bureau and association boards. He is the only person to have received both the MPI International Supplier of the Year and the MPI International Chapter Leader of the Year awards. Corbin was recently named as one of “The 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry” for 2012 by Successful Meetings magazine, having received this award four times previously.
About James Spellos
James Spellos is the President of Meeting U., a company specializing in helping people become more productive and comfortable with technology. Jim is certified as a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS). He delivers over 150 seminars annually on how to use technology more efficiently, including social media. Jim is a faculty member at New York University, teaching in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies since 1990. Through Meeting U., Jim publishes a monthly technology e-letter named Techniques. This free newsletter shares technology applications and services that apply for professional and personal use. He also shares cool technology tools through social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Scoop It.
Outside of the meetings industry, Jim is an accomplished musician and songwriter, playing guitar, keyboards and singing for the New York City rock band Contraband. They released their first CD, “Welcome to the Neighborhood” in late 2008.