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Philadelphia: Greenbuild 2013

They came to Philadelphia to learn, network, do business and participate in “one of the greenest and most sustainable conferences in the world”. The Greenbuild Expo was the place to discover the latest in the green building field’s innovative products and services. The Education Lab was a unique classroom experience located inside the Exhibit Hall, each Lab featuring sponsor-developed content that had been submitted to GBCI and approved for CE credit. You can often judge an industry by the exalted company it keeps. Each year at Greenbuild the world’s business, environmental and social leaders take the stage to motivate, inspire and teach the construction industry, we heard. This year the assembled company learned that keynoter Hillary Rodham Clinton really cares about how green you’re building these days. Did I hear her say it was the Green House she was hoping to get back into next year? No, silly, the White House…

Vegas: Live Design International #LDI2013

“Live Design International (LDI) has become the leading trade show and conference for live design professionals in North and South America. Over 8,000 attendees working in theater, concerts, houses of worship, corporate presentations, clubs, theme parks, and many other live venues came to LDI from 72 countries to see the latest gear in action, refresh their knowledge, and replenish their creativity. More than 300 exhibiting companies provided attendees with live demos and discussions about equipment including lighting, sound, projection, and special effects. LDI kicked off with Backstage Las Vegas, an exciting, fact-filled insider’s look at what’s been happening in Sin City, home to some of the most challenging applications for cutting-edge entertainment design and technology. Visitors could go behind the scenes to meet the creative and technical teams that make possible popular spectaculars like Cirque du Soleil. For trapeze work, you gotta be “”light””… #LDITradeshow

Dusseldorf: ComPaMed & Medica 2013 #Medica #ComPaMed2013

Compamed in Germany is all about “high-tech solutions for medical technology”. Biomaterials are in great demand, we heard. They garner more and more application areas in medical technology, which is apparently why scientists concentrate on exploring new biomaterials that are particularly well tolerated in the human body. What does all this mean in practice? Well, delegates had questions about things like new techniques for testing drugs, patient-tracking and freedom of movement, Paving the Path for Hybrid Nano-Materials, Super-thin Membranes for Chip-sized Pumps (“The ability to shrink laboratory-scale processes to automated chip-sized systems would revolutionize biotechnology and medicine”, we were told), altered brain connections in epilepsy patients, polymers that disrupt bacterial communication… That last one left us wondering what bacteria chat about when they are busy communicating…

Orlando: IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013

The full name was #IAAPA Attractions Expo, and it wanted you to “imagine the possibilities” in the context of “innovation, information and inspiration”. Attractions? They include amusement parks, theme parks, family entertainment centers, waterparks, zoos, aquariums, museums, science centers, hotels, resorts and casinos This was a crowd of nearly 30,000, with almost two-thirds of them qualified buyers. IAAPA represents more than 4,300 facility, supplier, manufacturer, and individual members from more than 93 countries. They provide members with the tools and resources they need to succeed in the attractions business, helping to sharpen focus on creating unique experiences for guests, and improve performance. This was a space in which to discover new ways to improve performance, increase efficiency, and positively impact the bottom line. If you couldn’t get enough “space”, there was always the Facility Tour to Kennedy Space Center and the Space Shuttle Atlantis…

Kansas City: National Association of Farm Broadcasters

NAFB is the National Association of Farm Broadcasters, an organization dedicated to serving the interest of the agricultural community and creating value for its Broadcast member stations and networks. NAFB is an established liaison between farm broadcast stations and networks and the Agri-Marketing community of companies and agencies.  Each year, NAFB members gather in Kansas City, Missouri for three days of professional improvement, networking, listening to newsmakers and celebrating the accomplishments of their peers.   Trade Talk, the centerpiece event of the NAFB’s National Convention, afforded participants access to member broadcasters
to discuss the issues and topics that are most important to their organizations, associations and companies.  More than 100 broadcasters circulated among participants, each represented by two spokespersons to accommodate more than one visiting interviewer at any given time.  Wait…  What if I have three visiting interviewers…?  #NAFB13

Vegas: Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo #AAPEX2013

AAPEX is the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo, and it’s about things like bearings, filters, batteries, clutches, lubricants, shock absorbers, brake pads, alternators… you get the idea. AAPEX offered WDs, retailers, program groups, jobbers, service providers, and others the opportunity to source products from both domestic and international suppliers. Representing a $395 billion global motor vehicle aftermarket, more than 130,000 professionals from around the globe participate in the AAPEX Show. A keynote was dedicated to Building the Workforce of Tomorrow: How to Recruit, Retain and Grow Your Young Talent: companies are having trouble recruiting and retaining younger employees, we heard, yet they are set to represent 75 percent of the entire workforce by 2025. Research has shown that that the average Gen-Y worker leaves in just over two years. It’s therefore imperative that companies keep their younger employees engaged and motivated. Hey kid, where do you think you’re going…?

Portland: Arts Marketing Show

NAMPC is the National Arts Marketing Project Conference.   The Arts Marketing Project is a program of Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America, and dedicated to creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts.  There were over 675 attendees at the Conference this year in Portland, Oregon, making it a record-breaking year. The National Arts Marketing Project produces the annual conference, hosts monthly webinars, organizes regional training programs, and provides on-site workshops on a range of arts marketing topics.  The idea in Portland was to provide information, tools, and practical ideas to design high-quality, cost-effective marketing programs and strengthen arts organizations.  There were hands-on workshops to make any arts organization’s marketing as dynamic as the art itself, and teach arts managers how to spend their limited marketing dollars more effectively.  How do they do it?  Well, see, there’s an art to these things… #NAMPC #ARTSBlog