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VEGAS: International Association of Fairs and Expositions #IAFE

This one is an Expo about Expos, so to speak. IAFE is the International Association of Fairs and Expositions, so the organizers already know what they’re talking about. Over 3,200 fairs are held in North America each year. They provide industrial exhibits, demonstrations and competition aimed at the advancement of livestock, horticulture and agriculture with special emphasis placed on educational activities. This, we heard, is the largest event serving fairs, shows, exhibitions, and expositions. The 390-booth show is the biggest event in the fair industry’s calendar, with a total show attendance of over 4,000. Convention attendees learn from each other and from top professionals during the intensive four days of workshops, special seminars, round table discussions and social events. All the fun of the fair…

Vegas: Association for Career and Technical Education

ACTE, or The Association for Career and Technical Education, is the largest national education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for careers. ACTE was founded in 1926, ten years after the federal government began funding “vocational education” through the Smith-Hughes Act. Now, of course, it’s all about the internet. Online scorecards, infographics and other online tools are flourishing. One of the most recent entries is an infographic series created by the Office of Vocational and Adult Education for the nation as a whole and for all 50 states and DC. “Tapping the Potential: Profile of Adult Education Target Population” profiles use Census data to show the percentage of adults that lack a high school credential or English proficiency. ACTE aims to fix all that. CTE is getting much-warranted attention on Capitol Hill lately. Maybe ACTE can help legislators with their proficiency issues…. #careerteched

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

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…?

Las Vegas: PAINWeek

Sept. 4-6, 2013. Pain is a persistent problem in the treatment of many medical conditions.  These can be as diverse as headache, cystitis, fibromyalgia, rheumatism, facial pain and dental pain.  PAINWeek assembled physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, psychologists, hospitalists, dentists, social workers, and podiatrists, all there to talk about pain, both acute and chronic.  There were more than 60 exhibits with representatives ready to demonstrate their latest products and offer information on the most advanced equipment, supplies, and services for any medical practice. Special sessions included The Complexity Model: A Novel Approach to Collaborative Pain Management;  Learning to Unlearn: How Coaching Is Changing the Pain Management Landscape;  and Developing a Transformative Vocabulary: How the Words We Use Can Make or Break Chronic Pain.  We knew that “words can never hurt you”.. but they can fix pain…? Seriously?

Las Vegas: BICSI

Sept. 15-19, 2013. As a leader in information technology systems (ITS) education, BICSI was there to offer a conference event geared to expanding technical insight, delegates’ networking base, and their familiarity with specialized vendors focused on the future of the IT business.  Multi-fiber systems were shown to be increasingly “Plug-N-Play” to allow for very fast moves, additions and changes in the rapidly shifting environment and demands for greater bandwidth of data centers.  In line with growing interest in Digital Video, one well-supported seminar explored the changes to AV technology precipitated by “Analog Sunset”. The move to new technology is global, we heard, and a detailed look at AV/IT convergence was followed by an in-depth exploration of the current state of digital media connectivity including a thorough explanation of TMDS, DVI-D, HDMI, DisplayPort and Thunderbolt. LVDS is gone, was the message, analog is waning and the VGA connector will be irrelevant by 2017. Were delegates ready?  Yeah, there guys were BORN ready…

Las Vegas: PAINWeek

Sept. 6-8, 2013. Pain is a persistent problem in the treatment of many medical conditions.  These can be as diverse as headache, cystitis, fibromyalgia, rheumatism, facial pain and dental pain.  PAINWeek assembled physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, psychologists, hospitalists, dentists, social workers, and podiatrists, all there to talk about pain, both acute and chronic.  There were more than 60 exhibits with representatives ready to demonstrate their latest products and offer information on the most advanced equipment, supplies, and services for any medical practice. Special sessions included The Complexity Model: A Novel Approach to Collaborative Pain Management;  Learning to Unlearn: How Coaching Is Changing the Pain Management Landscape;  and Developing a Transformative Vocabulary: How the Words We Use Can Make or Break Chronic Pain.  We knew that “words can never hurt you”.. but they can fix pain…? Seriously?