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Poker Run Singapore 2010

Happening March 14th 2010 be there….

Poker Run is a term derived from organized motorcycle events where riders would travel over a prescribed course and, at designated stopping points, be given randomly-selected playing cards. At the end of the poker run, the person with the Best Poker Hand wins the Top Prize.

When some folks hear the words “Poker Run”, they think of go-fast motorcycles travelling at Break-neck speeds. Lots of noise, big bikes with big engines – you get the picture? They think it requires speed – and lots of money. In fact, POKER RUN is not a race and you might be amazed just how low-key, relaxing, and inexpensive it can be.

The type of Poker Run which I will be introducing requires a fee to enter, which provides a way of getting lots of people to have fun and to win prizes. Bike owners will participate in their own bikes and others can ride along with them and participate in the fun as well. The day will begin with a “check-in” station. At that time, money will change hands on the 1st Checkpoint to cover the costs of any prizes – and other possible food and programmes. I will also be distributing an introduction pamphlet of the Poker Run area with all of the Checkpoints marked and times of key events included.

As the day progresses, the bikes will travel from Checkpoint to Checkpoint, collecting more playing cards at each Checkpoint. At the end of the day, I’ll score everyone’s poker hands and determine a winner with the best poker hand.

Poker Run Singapore 2010.


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Who knows the impact of this virtual conventions patent ?

Landmark Patent for Online Conventions Granted to Software Management, Inc.

Pittsburgh-Based Company Secures Major Competitive Edge in Internet-Based “Virtual Conventions” and Event Management

Pittsburgh, PA, September 22, 2009 Software Management, Inc. (SMI), a Pittsburgh company that developed a “virtual convention venue” for conducting online meetings, conventions and trade shows, has been granted a patent for its technology by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

With this patent, SMI now holds exclusive patent rights to their highly effective software application which is essential for online conventions in the destination management industry.  The company will now make full use of its proprietary technology to enhance its existing products and services.

“This is a very significant development in our industry and certainly for our company,” said Jennifer W. Reichenbach, President of Software Management, Inc.  “Most of the concepts covered by this patent were introduced and incorporated in our product technology following our application for a patent in December 1998.  We now intend to evaluate a variety of strategic alternatives based upon this issued patent, and continue to enhance the functionality of our Destination 3000 products in the marketplace.”

Since 1998, Software Management has worked to complete the technical and legal requirements to secure government approval.  Th patent, entitled “A Method and System for Conducting a Plurality of Cyber-Based Conventions,” was issued on September 15, 2009 (Patent No. 7,590,688).

It was invented, designed and developed by Software Mangement founder and retired CEO Paul D. Franke, Sr.

SMI’s patented technology enables industry associations, convention and visitors bureaus, meeting planners and others to conduct and augment multiple industry events online, simultaneously, including the ability to manage and conduct virtual expositions and attendee registrations.  For example, the user can register and “attend” an industry conference or trade show simply by viewing it at their computer from a remote location.  Users can register online, participate, and enjoy the benefits of the event in much the same way that others who would travel to the event would.

The SMI system receives and stores convention data and parameters from meeting planners.  It then receives and stores exhibit booth display data for the convention from exhibitors.  Based on search criteria provided by participating attendees, the website server releases stored database convention information based on the attendee’s interactive use online.  In this way, the SMI system creates a “virtual convention venue” for conventions that exist only online.  Additionally, the system supports and augments a convention or meeting being held in a physical or venue-based center.

“Many of our clients have supported our efforts to seek this valuable patent protection,” says Reichenbach.  “They have placed their trust in SMI’s technology, products and professionals, and now share in our excitement with a long-term future now protected with rights under U.S. patent law.”

For more information on Software Mangement, Inc., visit us at www.softwaremgt.com.

About Software Management, Inc. and Destination 3000

Software Management, Inc. (SMI) delivers powerful, affordable and customizable sales, marketing and customer relationship management solutions that are designed “from the ground up” for destination marketing organizations.  In business for over 25 years, SMI is an established and experienced technology provider.

SMI’s client list includes destinations of all sizes and operating budgets, with customers ranging in size from over 100 employees to some with just one or two full-time staff.  This versatile customer base demonstrates the flexibility and affordability of our solutions, putting our Destination 3000 technology product within the means of any destination that wants to realize the power of true and complete sales and customer relationship automation.

About Paul D. Franke, Sr. (Inventor and Patent Holder) Retired Founder of Software Management, Inc.

Paul D. Franke, Sr. has over 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur, and a total of 36 years software and computer industry experience.  A management science graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University, Franke helped design the world’s first on-line ATM banking system, and has lead his own company’s efforts to develop and deliver the destination industry’s first Windows-based database management system currently in use in over 50% of the major “top-travel” cities accross the USA.

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The Value of Virtual Events – Virtual Worlds

If Events in Virtual Platforms interest you may i suggest you join the Special Events Committe on Association of Virtual Worlds


Post from Cisco  Virtual Worlds Blog –

The Value of Virtual EventsRecently there has been feedback from some folks that a virtual experience can not compensate for a physical experience. My first reaction was “really I had no idea?”. All sarcasm aside; yes physical and virtual experiences are different. The fact is they both offer different value for the attendees.

To use Cisco Live Virtual as an example…

Virtually you will be able to do things you might not have gotten a change to do physically such as:
1) Ask questions directly of Cisco SVP Carlos Dominguez and CTO Padmasree Warrior in the live executive chat sessions from 11:45 am – 12:15 pm PDT. The majority of our physical attendees will not have the opportunity to rub shoulders with our executives and ask them questions directly.

2) Participate in live interactive panel discussions on topics not covered at the physical event such as the Virtual University and the Sensor Networks. These events will provide you with the ability to ask questions and join the discussion with industry luminaries such as Dr. Richard A. Bartle who co-wrote the first MUD and Adam Dunkels the author of the uIP (micro-IP) and lwIP TCP/IP protocol stacks and author of the Contiki operating system.

3) All of this without traveling!

Physically you will be able to do things virtual just does not facilitate as well or as easily such as:
1) Access to distinguished engineers via the Meet the Engineer program for exclusive, pre-scheduled one on one meetings. The virtual attendees have access to Cisco and partner experts but not exclusive, pre-scheduled one on one meetings more a first come first serve experience.

2) Demonstrations of the Data Center of the Future which showcases an actual Data Center built on site in San Francisco for you to walk through and learn more about. Uh, can not really build out a Data Center in the virtual experience that you can touch, feel, hear, smell (?) and taste (if you are so inclined I suppose you could like a router? Yuck)…i.e. experience with all your senses.

3) Chance to see DEVO and the B52’s!

It is all about choices in my opinion. The goal for Cisco Live Virtual is to enable folks who can not or do not want to come to San Francisco to still get some of the Cisco Live experience from anywhere. Register now!

What do you think differentiates virtual and physical experiences?

Posted by Dannette Veale at 11:30AM PST


JOIN AVW’s Special Events Committee



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The Conference Starts Before Anyone Shows Up

David Meerman Scott’s view on Social Media for events highlighting Singapore’s 1st Tattoo Show as an examnple…

The 1st Singapore Tattoo Show, held Jan. 9–11, 2009, was endorsed and supported by the Singapore Tourism Board and included show ambassador Chris Garver of Miami Ink. The goal was to get 5,000 visitors to the show, where more than 120 artists from around the globe representing all the various modern tattoo styles ticked away with their machines and all sorts of fun and funky exhibitors showed their wares.

Promotions leading up to the Singapore Tattoo Show were anything but ordinary, and what I find particularly impressive as a show promotional tool was the Facebook Group called Tattoo Artistry that was started by organizers 3 months prior to the event. Facebook turned out to be a terrific way for people to connect well before the physical event, and the Tattoo Artistry Facebook Group quickly gained 3,000 members, securing a place as the center of this artwork for the region. The physical show started with a virtual group.

The passion of the members of the Tattoo Artistry Facebook Group for “their event” meant thousands of people promoting to their Facebook friends. The online community aggregated people eager to attend the live event. Instead of relying on buying expensive advertising, a community of passionate fans built anticipation and buzz.

With more than 15,000 people attending, the Singapore Tattoo Show brought three times the expected number of attendees Just as interesting, The Tattoo Artistry Facebook group is now Asia’s largest social network for the tattoo industry, tattoo enthusiasts, and fans. The group will continue to grow as an online destination to connect, and plans are already underway for the 2nd Singapore Tattoo Show in 2010 with the Facebook group as the center of the free promotions for the event.


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NEW Advertising creative for 1st Singapore Tattoo Show – itsReal

Check out one of our media partners I-S Magazine’s November Issue for our New Advertisement -if you cant find a copy, cause they go fast, here is the ad… you are free to post this creative to your blog 🙂

IS Magazine Advertisment for 1st singapore Tattoo Show 2009 - click poster to go to Tattoo Show website

I-S Magazine November Advertisement for the 1st Singapore Tattoo Show 2009 - Click poster to go to Tattoo Show Website

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Singapore almost fine-less for naughty Aussie Pilot – itsReal

Amazing Singapore – Court gives pilot tap in the wrist for flying into Singapore AirSpace

Australian pilot fined for intrusion into Singapore airspace
By Satish Cheney, Channel NewsAsia | Posted: 01 April 2008 1852 hrs

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Changi Airport Control Tower


SINGAPORE: An Australian pilot has been fined S$5,000 for flying into Singapore “without a valid certificate of airworthiness”.

59-year-old Rhys Henry Thomas, who had pleaded guilty to the offence which took place on 22 January this year, could have been jailed for a year.

On that day, his Cessna plane entered Singapore’s airspace and caused two Air Force fighter jets to intercept his aircraft, which was eventually escorted to Changi Airport.

The incident caused security fears and delayed flights for 50 minutes.

In passing the sentence, District Judge Danielle Yeow said the experienced pilot should have known better than to fly to Singapore without the right paperwork.

She added that it is important to strike a balance between the interest of the public and the principle that offenders should not be punished beyond what they deserve.

The court also noted that the pilot did not have any malicious intent and that he had fully cooperated with investigations.

Mr Thomas said he has spent some S$60,000 on expenses so far, while being grounded in Singapore, so the sentence came as a huge relief.

He said: “I’m looking forward to flying off to Sydney tonight to see my mother. She’s had a heart attack. I attempted bail a couple of times to go down and see her… but it’s going to be good to get down there. I’ll be down there tomorrow morning.”

Judge Yeow said the safety of air navigation in Singapore should not be taken lightly, especially with Singapore’s limited air space and the dense population here.

She also said that the court, in future, will not hesitate to impose a jail term where appropriate.

– CNA/so

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New Global Conference online site conferencebay.com offers – BID FOR YOUR SEAT – itsReal

Would you ever consider making a bid for a seat at a real conference via an online site, the way www.conferencebay.com offers? If not, what stops you from doing so?
With its’ fresh new paint job (website revamp) Conference Bay offers its customers the opportunity to make a bid for a conference seat on its website. You get the opportunity to state the (maximum) price you’re willing to pay and the date by when you want to hear back from Conference Bay. Conference Bay then informs the conference organiser of the bid and brokers the deal. EASY Right !

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