My first year at InfoComm was a whirlwind in a completely awesome way. There was so much to see and do, and I really only scratched the surface. But even though I am totally exhausted, everything I experienced makes me more excited to go back again. So after some R&R this past weekend, here are my final thoughts about the show.
First, it was really fun to see all of the folks who have been around for 15+ years converge with “the millennials”. Millenials are young people who have grown up using technology (like iPhones, computers, internet and video) on a daily basis, and now they just expect it in their personal and professional lives. I think the two groups could learn a lot from one another.
It was also great to meet up with people I’d previously only met online in industry forums. Some of these people are industry veterans and they really know what they are talking about when it comes to video conferencing (which is why I’m listing them here). I got to connect with Emily Magrish with Magrish International, Seth Tours from Multi Image Group, Bill Miller and Tom Oldham (aka Todd) from Jenne, Carol Zelkin from IMCCA, David Danto from Dimension Data, and many others. Sorry I missed David Maldow from Telepresence Options and Bryan Hellard from True View Video! I always have good discussions online with these guys, so I was hoping to connect in person.
I learned a lot in the three days I was there, so I thought I’d compile a list of tips for anyone considering attending next year. Here it goes:
2. Divide and conquer. Go with teammates and split up the things you want to see.
3. Connect with your online buddies & set up in-person meetings. Find a common place to meet and be sure to set a time in advance or you may miss one another.
4. Follow the social channels for information on what is cool. Search the official hash tag and see what people are talking about so you won’t miss great giveaways or booths.
6. Grab a SWAG bag. There’s plenty of it to go around.
7. Download the mobile app to guide you from booth to booth. Hopefully, you can get enough Internet reception to make it work. If not, they have the old-fashioned paper maps.
8. Attend Super Tuesday and see Scott Sharer’s list of cool technology. If nothing else, it’s entertaining to watch.
9. Bring lip balm. Las Vegas is in the desert, after all. It’s not just a dry heat, it’s just plain dry. You will look like a lizard before you leave if you aren’t careful.
10. Wear comfortable shoes. With insoles. And plush padding. And memory foam, if possible. You will be walking a lot. Trust me on this one. Leave the stilettos at the hotel for the evening parties.
That’s it from me on InfoComm 2012. See you on the interwebs, AV Tweeps!