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Montreal: Canadian Gaming Summit

June 17-19, 2013. Life’s a game, and this show set out to prove that the saying goes as much for Canada as for anywhere.  The Canadian Gaming Summit is Canada’s premier annual conference and exhibition for gaming professionals, we heard. The Summit set out to deliver face-to-face interaction between attendees from all gaming sectors, disciplines and regions within Canada and beyond, and to provide information, education and interaction to the Canadian gaming community.  Everything from slot machines, table games, ATM’s and furniture was highlighted over two days on a packed trade-show floor. New gaming products and services were launched and showcased, and delegates had the opportunity to meet one-on-one with existing and prospective suppliers.  Social events including the Canadian Gaming Summit Golf Classic, plus the Canadian Gaming Industry Awards and First Nation Canadian Gaming Awards.  That seemed to be the big deal at the Annual Awards Reception and Charity Gala.  Pretty much as sweet as maple syrup…

San Antonio: Aggregates Expo 2013

March 19-21, 2013. The AGG1 Aggregates Academy & Expo and the co-located World of Asphalt was a platform for leading manufacturers and service providers showcasing products and technologies aimed at the aggregates, asphalt, pavement maintenance and traffic safety industry sectors.  There were folks from all branches of the industry, including Pavement Maintenance Contractors, Asphalt and Aggregate Producers, Fleet Managers, Highway Contractors, Traffic Safety Professionals, Plant Operators, and Public Officials.  Special events included the National Asphalt Pavement Association’s Environment, Health & Safety Conference, and a session titled People, Plants and Paving Training.  Along for the ride were the Rubber Pavements Association, dedicated to encouraging greater usage of cost-effective asphalt pavements containing recycled tire rubber.  Hey, just stop and think for a minute:  what would a “World of Asphalt” be like, really?  Actually the organizers probably didn’t mean us to take the title quite so literally….

San Antonio: World of Asphalt

March 19-21, 2013. World of Asphalt and the co-located AGG1 Aggregates Academy & Expo was a platform for leading manufacturers and service providers showcasing products and technologies aimed at the aggregates, asphalt, pavement maintenance and traffic safety industry sectors.  There were folks from all branches of the industry, including Pavement Maintenance Contractors, Asphalt and Aggregate Producers, Fleet Managers, Highway Contractors, Traffic Safety Professionals, Plant Operators, and Public Officials.  Special events included the National Asphalt Pavement Association’s Environment, Health & Safety Conference, and a session titled People, Plants and Paving Training.  Along for the ride were the Rubber Pavements Association, dedicated to encouraging greater usage of cost-effective asphalt pavements containing recycled tire rubber.  Hey, just stop and think for a minute:  what would a “World of Asphalt” be like, really?  Actually the organizers probably didn’t mean us to take the title quite so literally….

Atlanta: ASEE

June 23-26, 2013. So you don’t give a damn about engineering education?  That’s why we didn’t see you at ASEE, the trade show which claims it DOES give a damn about engineering education.  The ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition claims to be the only conference dedicated to all disciplines of engineering ed.  It is committed to fostering the exchange of ideas, enhancing teaching methods and curriculum, and providing prime opportunities for engineering and technology education stakeholders to meet and mingle — with people such as deans, faculty members and industry and government representatives.  ASEE hosted over 400 technical sessions, with peer-reviewed papers spanning all disciplines of engineering education. Attendees included faculty and researchers, students, and retirees.  Show highlights included the “Greet the Stars” introduction for new ASEE members and first-time conference attendees, the ASEE Division Mixer, and the “Focus on Exhibits” Welcome Reception, Brunch and Ice Cream Social.  You want hot fudge sauce and sprinkles on that…?

Fleur by Hubert Keller (4/5) on Yelp

Can I just start with “We love Tapas” – Ok now that’s out of the way. I’ve eaten at Fleur for a business dinner but my constant companion has not. As a local it is always a treat for us to actually go…

San Antonio: ISTE

June 23-26, 2013. The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is billed as the premier membership association for educators engaged in improving learning and teaching by advancing the effective use of technology in teacher education. ISTE represents more than 100,000 education leaders and emerging leaders throughout the world. Members include individuals, affiliate organizations, and corporations to the tune of 18,500 individual members from more than 80 countries worldwide, 80 affiliate organizations, six affiliate regions and 60 corporations worldwide.  ISTE membership, we heard, is a powerful and meaningful way for educators to gather in a variety of forums to share the challenges and excitement of teaching, and to be part of a community that leads the transformation of education.  The event attracts upwards of 18,000 from all over the globe including teachers, technology coordinators, administrators, library media specialists, teacher educators, and policy makers.  Just being there was quite an ‘education’ in itself…

Las Vegas: Safety Expo

June 23-25, 2013. Safety Expo is organized by ASSE, The American Society of Safety Engineers.  As safety professionals, delegates are expected to have expertise in environmental management, ergonomics, industrial hygiene, product safety, workers’ compensation, construction safety and organizational management, in addition to the more traditional aspects of safety management and engineering. Over 225 sessions were presented by the best (i.e. safest?) minds in the industry, to help participants take their skills to the next level. Sessions were distributed among 19 topics, such as:  Safety Management, Regulatory Issues, Personal Development, Ergonomics, Risk Management, Insurance, Environment, Hazardous Materials, Transportation, Fire Protection, Health and Industrial Hygiene, Emergency Management, Security… and… wait, seriously? …Spanish Language Sessions.  What’s Spanish for “In an emergency, take off all high-heeled shoes…?”