December 19, 2007

Veteran industry planner and mentor will begin teaching in the virtual world Second Life in January. The Eisenstodt Learning and Community Matters Center, part of the Virtualis Mega Convention Center being launched by Dan Parks of Corporate Planners Unlimited, developer of the MeCo (Meetings Community) Mansion. "The main reason I'm joining is because I'm intrigued by it and I'm interested in education in any form," said Eisenstodt. "This has the eyes and ears of so many people and I want to try something new." She plans to use tools like improvisation and Q-Storming to explore different learning models and how space can be used for meetings. Also in the virtual convention center will be a grand ballroom, an exhibition hall and four breakout rooms, all geared to supporting the meetings industry. Parks, who had planned originally to build the facility near the mansion, ended up buying a Second Life island to house his latest creation.

Experient has created a new web-based tool for trade show organizers to help them keep track of, and market to, attendees. The Attendee Customer Relationship Management (ACRM) system allows organizers to centralize attendee data from multiple trade shows, including their buying behavior, interests, and information about their companies or organizations. The system also can be used as a communication and on-site registration tool.