Las Vegas: International Consumer Electronics Show – CES – CEA

CES is the International Consumer Electronics Show from CEA, the Consumer Electronics Association, and it’s still the biggest jamboree on the trade show annual circuit.  Revenues for the CE industry are projected to grow three percent in 2015 to reach an all-time high of $223 billion.  The 2015 CES was, we heard, the largest show in history with more than 2.2 million net square feet of exhibit space featuring 3,600 exhibitors, including a record number of startups. Innovators showcased the latest technologies across categories like automotive electronics, personalized health care solutions, unmanned vehicles, connected devices, 3D printers and gaming. As the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technology, more than 170,000 industry professionals, including more than 45,000 from outside the USA, convened to engage in the hands-on experience of interacting with the next generation of technology.  A lot of the buzz was around so-called ‘wearable’ electronics.  Hey, careful with that tray, lady… I don’t include coffee and donuts on my list of “wearables”…. #CES2015

Orlando: American Baseball Coaches Association – ABCA

ABCA is the American Baseball Coaches Association.  This, we heard, is the #1 amateur baseball coaches’ association in the World, founded in 1945. Over 6,000 coaches are members of the ABCA and more than 4,000 attend the annual ABCA Convention.  At the Trade Show over 325 companies were on hand to display state-of-the-art equipment and products, including coaching aids, wearing apparel, field equipment, pitching machines, and software. Many products were unveiled for the first time during the show. A couple of “had-to-be-there” events included the ABCA/Diamond Hall of Fame/Coach of the Year Banquet and the ABCA Honors Luncheon, two events during which the Association’s most prestigious coaching awards were presented.   There were  30 clinics on a variety of subjects over the course of the three days. Topics include pitching, hitting, fielding, strength & conditioning, team building and motivation. The convention also includes divisional meetings, committee meetings and other events.  Hey, coach, looks like most of the “pitching” was being done by those offering merchandise…  #ABCA2015

San Francisco: American Geophysical Union – AGU

AGU stands for American Geophysical Union.  With nearly 24,000 attendees, this is the largest earth and space science meeting in the world. Now in its 47th year, the AGU Fall Meeting was the place to present research, hear about the latest discoveries, trends, and challenges in the field. This was a gabfest that brought together all the “stars” of the earth and space sciences community, for discussions of emerging trends. The technical program included presentations on new and cutting-edge topics, most of which had not yet been published, so delegates could return to work with knowledge they couldn’t get anywhere else.  The meeting offered a unique mix of more than 23,000 oral and poster presentations, a broad range of general sessions, and an exhibit hall packed with approximately 250 exhibitors. Examples of themes under discussion included Characterizing Uncertainty, Computational Methods Across Scales, and Dust and Aerosols.  Hey, buddy, keep your aerosol to yourself, you’re crowding my Uncertainty….  #AGUblogs

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Indianapolis: Performance Racing Industry Show – PRI

The estimated total value of the US racing market is an impressive $13.5 billion, according to a survey conducted by the British racing trade organization, Motorsport Industry Association. And this figure does not include OEM motorsport engineering investment.  PRI is the Performance Racing Industry Show.  This was about “hardcore racing”, we heard.  “No fuzzy dice…. No neon windshield wipers….”  Trade buyers from 70 countries and all 50 states of the Union were there to zoom by the displays and source the new technology that could be winning races next year.   Buyers for tens of thousands of racing retail stores, warehouse distribution centers, professional race engine builders and race car production companies were there making 2015 inventory decisions at each exhibit.   1100 exhibiting companies displayed the latest advances in racing products and race engineering, including engine parts, suspension components, data acquisition, safety gear, new metal alloys and coatings, machining equipment, and all kinds of race electronics.  Fuzzy dice, anyone?  Nahhhhh….  #prishow

Orlando: POWER-GEN International

POWER-GEN International is the world’s biggest power generation event, focusing on the industry’s latest innovations, technical trends and business strategies. The show attracts a broad range of qualified power professionals with impressive purchasing power. Over the years POWER-GEN International has provided a world stage for the innovations, ideas and solutions that have informed the power generation industry.  What industry trends and developments were up for discussion?  Well, things like demand response, emissions control, gas turbine technologies, hybrid solutions, on-site power, plant performance, project financing, competitive power generation, fossil technologies…  The experts were there to share their insights and experiences with industry colleagues, and to help attendees take an in-depth look at specific industry hot topics by teaching a half-day, one-day or two-day workshop. Wait, what was that about fossil technologies?  You mean POWER-GEN was already going in the Cretaceous Era?  #POWERGEN

Las Vegas: Ground Water Expo – NGWA

The NGWA (National Ground Water Association) Ground Water Expo was held in Las Vegas for the first time since 2012 — not inappropriately, since the Desert City is one of many Western population centers worried about where their water supply will come from in future.  Over 5,200 registered delegates put in an appearance during the show.  The Expo’s 309 exhibitors occupied 71,600 square feet of exhibit hall space, and there were, we were told, 41 first-time exhibitors, which is ten more than in 2013.   The NGWA Activity Area made its debut in the exhibit hall, with 30-minute offerings for attendees to learn skills applicable to their job. The sessions were divided into five stations: The Office, The Well, The Aquifer, The Pump, and Safety Through Leadership. The show offered a diverse collection of educational offerings with, 10 professional development categories. Many of the educational sessions were standing-room only and featured lively discussions.  So hey, what is “ground water”, anyways?  Same difference as “ground coffee”, maybe…?  #groundwater