• Follow the Bouncing Ball EIBTM, Reed Travel Exhibitions's European meeting and incentive show, has named Corbin Ball chairman for its 2003 Worldwide Watch panel. The panel is responsible for selecting the one technology, among the program entries, that, in their opinion, will have the most influence on the meeting industry in the future. Ball, a meeting technology consultant, was recently named Meeting Professionals International's International Supplier of the Year. He is also chairman of the Technology Advisory Council for the Convention Industry Council's Accepted Practices Exchange Initiative and a columnist for this magazine.

  • Free Phone and Web Local and long-distance phone calls, faxes, and Internet service free? That's the deal at Wyndham Hotels and Resorts for anyone who signs up as a member of the chain's ByRequest guest program before the end of September. If you haven't negotiated these charges away and you've got a meeting coming up at a Wyndham property, your attendees will appreciate the heads up. The guest program is free, and it takes less than five minutes to sign up online — www.wyndham.com.

  • ConferZone, www.conferzone.com, a Web site created as a resource for e-conferencing buyers, has published ConferGuide 2002, its third annual guide to Web conferencing companies. The online publication includes a Web conferencing primer and detailed information on more than 40 vendors. Access for one month costs $199.

The ConferZone Web site, which is free, includes a comprehensive but much less detailed database of e-conferencing suppliers in five categories — videoconferencing, Web conferencing, audio conferencing, collaborative conferencing, infrastructure, and consulting/training — as well as a daily e-conferencing news service and industry white papers.