The summer months are over and as most event professionals we have a busy conference season ahead of us. EventManagerBlog’s “The Survival Guide for Long Live Event Days” is a great read while getting ready for those long conference days. Finally a good excuse to take the elevator!

Other August readings we find worth sharing can be found below.

Flash is dead

The Guardian’s article “Flash is dying a death by 1,000 cuts, and that’s a good thing” highlights the importance of moving towards modern open standards. Flash Player and other plug-ins are blocked by default by some of the most-used browsers, Flash also doesn’t work on mobile phones. As a result of this our team has now released our redesigned HTML5 webcasting platform. Are you looking for more information about guaranteeing a robust webcasting viewing? Contact us.

Presentation visualization tips

Visme’s “How to Arrange Elements on Presentation Slides Like a Graphic Designer” sums up six things you must keep in mind to arrange elements on your slides like a pro designer; while Slideshare shares a few beginner-friendly techniques that you can use to effectively prepare your data for presentation slides.

The future of attendees

The meetings industry panel at the Global Business Travel Association Convention’s “Imagining the attendee of the future” describes the attendee experience – not surprisingly – to be personal, digital, mobile, and hyperconnected.

Cyber Threats

Cyber threats are an increasingly important issue for meeting planners included. To certain groups, your registration data is very valuable and in many cases it’s quite easy for hackers to access and steal data. MeetingNet’s article on “How to Protect Your Meeting from Cyber Threats” sums up 6 best practices for cyber security at your meeting.

Wi-Fi and meetings

Location-based Wi-Fi analtyics were used at Microsoft’s prestigious 20th Microsoft NT Conference earlier this year and Storesense Expo is using the success to launch its evaluation technology which is regulated by EU privacy laws (no personally identifiable information is stored).

In the US, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Says Convention Centers Can’t Block Wifi. The agency just slapped a company with a $750,000 fine for blocking wifi hotspots at convention centers.