Lunchtime Links: 3-D Printing Coming to the Conference Floor

What the future of events looks like with 3-D printing on the horizon. Also: How effective learners apply their lessons to everyday life.

As more and more 3-D printers come on the market, how can event professionals integrate them into booth planning?

That, and more, in today’s Lunchtime Links:

Print it out: 3-D printing is becoming a little more mainstream as prices drop and commercial printers hit stores. They’ve even been popping out at conferences at 3-D photo booths that let attendees walk away from the booth with a souvenir. However, as Jenna Berris writes for BizBash, the cost of the equipment is still a barrier. “But while the creative possibilities are nearly endless and the technology is growing more affordable, pricing currently remains somewhat prohibitive when it comes to hosting 3-D photo booths at corporate events,” Berris says. Would you integrate 3-D printing in your events?

Learning how to learn: How can you be an effective learner? Curiosity is a great place to start. The curious ask questions and try to apply what they’ve learned to everyday life. IT and personal development blogger Donald Latumahina believes learners also focus on process. “To be a good learner, being process-oriented is essential. You should focus on the process of getting better instead of the end result,” he writes. Are you inquisitive and process-oriented when it comes to learning?

It’s all about social: All departments are essential to an organization’s survival, and social media-related businesses in particular are always looking to integrate social media strategies to ensure all departments have a seamless process. “There are two major trends social businesses are embracing: the expansion of social into ALL aspects of an organization, including (but not limited to) marketing, finance, HR and facilities, and the increased attention on measuring the ROI of this transformation,” reports. Have you been expanding social media aspects to your organization’s different departments?

What interesting reads have you found today? Share them with us.

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Anita Ferrer

By Anita Ferrer

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