@Anna young -- Thanks for the comment, Anna. I wouldn't go so far as disappointment and failure. There's a natrural lifecycle to things like tradeshows that follow patterns set by demand, the economy, changing capabilities, etc. My plan was to experience the show and, if I could, identify some opportunities for improvement based on what I've seen happen in this area for other industries. The show will improve based on feedback like this not just from one person, but from all those interested in its future. I encourage you and everyone with stake and opinion to voice what you think would make EDS a show you would attend.
In fact, perhaps crowdsourcing is an option for ideas. 'Crowdsourcing' isn't a new or novel concept, but if done correctly can yield great results. (For referencee, check out this article by Barbara Palmer on the Professional Convention Management Association's newsletter titled, "Crowdsourcing, Are We Thinking What I'm Thinking?"
Andy,one good thing I noted from your account of the conference is that EDS met its objectives. It provided the forum for companies to connect. Afterall its about driving the industry forward.
However, I noted your disapointment with the networking arrangement when you said that " the show and its attendees would benefit from a more robust online presence, where attendees and companies alike can log in far ahead of registration..." and failure to create an "atmosphere for innovation".Hopefully your next conference will reflect some of your expections.
@Barb -- I love that word, 'forum'. A place where voices can be heard and people meet for the good of the movement. Very nice. And I agree, company to company looked to run very smoothly (if somewhat harried). Our challenge going forward is giving those in the meetings and out more reasons to engage.
@jbond -- Education was a given for me. Whether I was to enjoy my time there or not, I was definitely going to get an education. I generally dig pretty hard in that area, because I think we all have valuable knowledge to share with one another. And you can't beat the 3-4 days when so many great minds in your industry are in one place for opportunities for learning. The improvement to be made here is to make it so I don't have to dig. Make it a platform you build upon. Get those with the knowledge to speak and share what they've learned. Doing that combines the pillars so that we are moving the industry forward through education. Thanks for your comment.
@saranyatil -- Networking takes on many forms at shows. It isn't just the closed-door meeting or the casual cocktail conversation. Networking benefits can be had in keynote discussions, panels, common interest meetups, and over shared social streams. I described EDS to someone yesterday as something like a 'Choose Your own Adventure' book. Possibly by choice, there was no set storyline to bring the different voices of the industry together. I hear that the move to the Cosmopolitan hotel for next year's show will greatly improve this from a logistics perspective.
@tirlapur -- For me, expectation for new developments was minimal--due to it being my first time. But with so many other shows latching on to the benefits of social media the last couple of years, I was curious to see if there was a role it would play there. And though there was some conversation, there is a great opportunity for improvement.
@Nemos -- Its funny, people usually say its the networking side that brings them to a show. But I think shows post 9/11 have had to redefine themselves and offer much more. The educational benefits are about an even return with networking for me. Of course, this is only because I believe every show should act to move the industry forward. That one's a given. Thanks for the question.
Great point Andy--the attendees of EDS are a group that could foster innovation, even if they only meet once a year and set things in motion. EDS could be a great forum for hammering things out (such as do we change EDS?); determing if standards or common pactices need to be pursured for an industry issue; identifying the pressure points in the supply chain...I think the company to compnay connections work well, but as a industry, this year I didn't get the sense that there is a common cause bringing communities together.
It sounds like you have a pretty good measuring system. It sounds like you were able to find the educational part out with a little digging. To me it seems like these types of shows typically fulfill the networking and social aspects fairly well. On top of many new products, people make good business connections that can lead to more future business.
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