How Technology Can Improve Your Events


Proper management of event is what every event planner aims to achieve. Task such inviting people for the event, securing and preparing the venue of the event, keeping track of attendees, attendee’s satisfaction among other things are the necessary tasks that every event planner must do.

To this end, planners often spend most of their time on paperwork and documentation. However, with the advent of new technology, planners can now largely minimize time spent on paperwork by removing the manual process in event planning. From the initial process of sending out invites, to the last stage of feedback, event management technology could be of great help.

However, despite the foray of technology into the field of event management, many planners still have misgivings about the use of event management technology. One of their fears is that the technology might be too sophisticated to use and therefore investing in it will be unnecessary.

But among other things, event management technology will help planner to sufficiently reduce the time spent on the manual processes and free up time which could be used for other things. This means events planners can now get more done even with lesser time by the use of technology.

This software can also be used to track the responses of invites so as to adequately prepare for them. Moreover, this software can be used to create website for events and thereby provide a centre where information and updates about the event could be got. Furthermore, the best place to make your presence known in our world today is the social media. This is because whatever is trending on social media becomes visible to millions of people around the world. Therefore, event planners could make use of the event management technology to harmonize information and updates relating to the event and display this on the website created for the event.

Mobile apps are also another tool that event management planners can make use of. Planners can take the advantage of mobile phones and create app to allow for seamless flow of information and updates about the event for the attendees. This app can be built to contain all the information found on the event website. The mobile app built for the purpose of the event can also be used for advertisement by the event sponsors.

Finally, event management technology can also be applied to after-event analysis, where the level of success of the event is measured. Request could be made for feedback from the attendees of the event using the event management tool, and this could help determine the level of satisfaction of attendees which would lead to further improvement in subsequent events.

Technical Writing Trends: Substance vs. Style?

The major objective of a technical writer is to have a balance between substance and style. To explain the difference between these two, let's use the analogy of a cup and water. The water inside the cup being the “substance’, while the cup is the ‘style’.

Now if the water inside the cup is not clean, no matter how clean the cup is, the water is unfit for consumption. Also, if the water is clean but the cup dirty, no one will drink the water even though the water is clean. So we can comfortably say both the cup and the water can influence each other; such is the case of substance and style.

Substance means the real content of the write-up, the technical aspect which deals with accuracy and clarity. While style simply means how readable the writing is, it deals with the smooth flow of the content of the writing. Style is what makes a reader to keep reading a write-up.

Therefore style is very important as a good content (substance) could get passed by if the style is not appropriate. Since the goal of technical writing is to put forward information targeted as a specific group in a clear and relevant manner, a technical writer having understood his audience needs, often develop the best and concise way to pass the information across to the audience.



Take for example a technical writer who needs to write about a change in the process of production of a firm. The first thing he does is to identify and analyze who his audience is – in this case staff directly concerned with production. The technical writer then proceed to give the new information in his writing using words or charts or any other thing that his audience is familiar with and will easily understand.

The ability of the production staff to understand this new production process will therefore depend on how clearly and concisely the technical writer pass across the information in his writing. Technical writer therefore understanding the important of their writing to the firm, spend most of his time on the writing to see to it that his work is readable

Readability therefore becomes what the technical writer aims at. Technical wring has evolved over the time just as other forms of writing.  Today, technical writing could be in any industry which needs to simplify their complex processes or ideas for effective communication. Many technical writers today make use of diagrams, images, videos, bold text, bullet points and the likes to pass across their information.

To produce a good technical writing, the emphasis must be on both the substance and style – the originality of substance and complementary style. The focus of technical writing must be to breakdown complex information into a readable document for a targeted audience to take action on it.




The Ten Commandments of Computer Ethics

Ethics, defined according to the oxford dictionary as “moral principles that control or influence a person's behaviour” are actually our moral compass to keep us from trouble. Ethics could range from personal – where a person set a standard for himself, to business – where rules are followed to enhance productivity, to religion – just as the Ten Commandments in the Bible. The world of computer also has its own rules, known as the ten commandments of computer ethics.

These ten commandments of computer ethics is built on the belief that whatever your mind creates is yours alone, and can only be used by another person if you permit it. The computer ethics institute is actually responsible for the creation of these rules in 1992. The purpose of these commandments is to bring to the awareness of computer users the necessary ethics they need to observe in the use of computer. These commandments are made for all computers users from professionals to common users, from companies to private use.