Sept. 7-9, 2012. The Trade Show sounds a little coy about what business it’s there to represent. But all becomes clear when it admits that it’s the Travel Retailing and Destination Expo. Speakers were highly qualified experts both from inside and outside the travel industry, there to speak about strategy, marketing, social media and apps, leadership and industry affairs, technology and of course destinations. Speakers and instructors were industry leaders who not only promoted strategies for success, but showed how they drive industry trends. So what destinations? The speaker list included those who wanted you to know about Hungary, the Czech Republic, Dubai, Puerto Rico, India, Slovakia, oh, and of course little old Los Angeles itself. Been there, done that….
July 17-19, 2012. The AACC is the American Association for Clinical Chemistry. AACC is an international scientific/medical society of clinical laboratory professionals, physicians, research scientists and other individuals involved with clinical chemistry and related disciplines. Founded in 1948, the society has over 8,000 members and is headquartered in Washington, DC. AACC offers many programs that address the scientific, clinical, technical, and management challenges facing laboratory professionals. This show purports to be The Largest Clinical Lab Exposition in the World, where visitors could see new science and new technology in all areas of clinical diagnostics, automation, information systems, point-of-care, OEM, and biotech. The atmosphere seemed faintly clinical…
June 3-5, 2012. E3? It’s short for the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the annual video game conference and show at the Los Angeles Convention center. What am I here to see? Well, Lollipop Chainsaw, of course (c’mon, at least get your zombies dismembered by somebody cute!), Farcry, Diablo III, Underworld, Smite, God of War, Starcraft II… and of course the latest incarnations of game classics like Tomb Raider, Resident Evil, World of Warcraft and Transformers (this time it’s subtitled “Fall of Cybertron)… Then there were free-to-play offerings like Arctic Combat (brrrrr!!). Where platforms are concerned, us aficionados were squabbling over the relative merits of XBox 720, Microsoft Surface tablets, Wii U… Hey, did you know that next year Mario will have been going for 30 years? Not bad for a mustachio’d Italian plumber with a shallow learning curve….
June 4-5, 2012. So where in the City of Angels would you go to catch a CAB? Probably the LAX Hilton, where the bean-counters gathered for the 2012 California Accounting and Business Show and Conference, or CAB for short. Leading accounting, financial and business exhibitors were touting for visitors to their booths. These included CPAs; tax preparers and financial advisors; non-CPA clients and accounting professionals; small business owners users of accounting systems; and corporate executives who manage accounting enterprise financial systems. Delegates came to see new accounting products, and maybe earn CPE accreditation. The show featured new systems and tools for CPA practices and client operations, while the conference offered CPE sessions. So, all present and “accounted” for…
May 8-12, 2012. Spacecraft Technology Expo is the first and only exhibition of its kind, bringing together global decision makers, OEMs, supply chain experts, industry executives, suppliers and customers to identify present and future market growth opportunities for the design, manufacture, pre-launch testing and operations of spacecraft, satellites, and space-related technologies. The proceedings included a spacecraft technology summit, a three-day technical conference program built around the needs and priorities of key industry technology leaders in spacecraft and satellite design, build, and testing. The exhibition hall hosted satellite systems, launch vehicle and spacecraft design, engineering and testing, and covered all facets of the manufacturing supply chain. Speakers came in from NASA, MIT, Intelsat… oh, and there was someone called Aldrin, from the United Launch Alliance. Deep space, stardate 2212…..