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January’s Best of…

With several major conferences and trade shows taking place this month, January is definitely about learning for the meeting and event industry. We thought we would report on some of the best new things we saw.
FROM PCMA in San Diego
Favorite Speaker – Dr. John Medina is a developmental molecular biologist and research consultant. He is an affiliate Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He is also the Director of the Brain Center for Applied Learning Research at Seattle Pacific University http://www.brainrules.net/Favorite Session – Menus to Maximize Learning and Engagement Brain foods  include acai berries, blueberries, romaine, strawberries, tomatoes, raspberries, flax seed oil, cheese, collard greens, eggplant, pumpkin seeds, green tea, dark chocolate and wheat germ.
Try these at your next meeting:
·         carrot ginger shots for an afternoon break
·         poppadum + hummus, or veg in shot glass with hummus for a reception
Jimmy’s top pick
The highlight of PCMA for me was the Networking Reception in Gaslamp Quarter: Urban Convergence
A section of the Gaslamp Quarter was closed off to PCMA attendees for a block party which featured creative elements of dining, music, art and entertainment. Spanning over several blocks were 20 diverse restaurants where attendees could sample global cuisines, and browse the shops and galleries open exclusively for PCMA It was great opportunity to mix and mingle with your fellow attendees while being entertained by the unique sound of Kool & the Gang. 
FROM THE SPECIAL EVENT in Tampa Florida
Rachel’s top picks
Augmented Reality Digital Signage
My favourite pick from TSE was the Forever 21 billboard from Times Square with live video footage and real-time Polaroid snaps of the street below.” Expand the concept of real time and add this interactive feature within an event space or tradeshow floor. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ON8jLppE9-s
(I saw this live in NYC in December and it truly does capture and engage the audience)
Color of the Year
Pantone17-1463 – tangerine tango (mix it with shades of grey or deep browns)
You can set the colors on your computer for fonts and images by changing your RGB setting as follows (R=226, G=73, B=47) I am using it throughout the blog today!
Hope my “Free Idea” makes your Friday!
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Dana Zita

Establishing aNd Logistix Inc in 1993, Dana is known for her energy & often outspoken zeal in attempt to improve the industry for future event planners. She combines a no-nonsense management style with a passion for creating the ultimate WOW for her clients.

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