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GSK 2016: The Linkedin Influencer Event

GSK16_linkedIn While It isn’t for everyone – by invite only – it mostly consisted of 22-32 yr olds listening to 45 yr olds tell them what is the next big thing in business, social media, disruption techniques, etc.  Just as a note: people over 45 – actually have MONEY to spend.  how many 24 yr olds do outside of Silicon Valley?

As a member of traditional media, I was excluded from some of the closed events like the impromptu “blogger” news meet up. While I understand totally their disdain for “old” media since we’ve done such a crappy job of covering actual news and most of the networks have become one long infomercial for the presidential candidate that shall not be named in case he manifests, we can still report what is news worthy and what is just a fad.

The problem with the Linkedin model is while it is the best platform for business, they fail to differentiate between a lone person on a job hunt (at 29.00/month to be a premium member) and someone who has a job – therefore income and can afford the 29.00 a month. So there are 1000’s that are left behind – once again.

My takeaways from this event:

  • If you are an intern – you get to do social media and get paid to attend this conference while still making less than what one pair of shoes the paid speaker is wearing.
  • The Aria is still a beautiful hotel but their convention space leaves a lot to be desired.
  • The trade show area was mostly apps and analytics

The parties were worth the time it took to schlep from valet to the trade show area.

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: 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?

Las Vegas: FTE

September 4-6 2013. FTE?  It stands for Future Travel Experience, and it’s a global affair.  This independent global forum for the travel industry focused on the end-to-end travel process from the passenger point of view – from the moment of booking through to the collection of baggage at the arrival destination – and assessed how every aspect of the passenger experience on the ground can be improved. Hosted by McCarran International Airport, one of the most progressive airport authorities in the world, the event delivered a learning and networking platform through workshops, conferences, airport tours, social events, an awards ceremony and a full exhibition program.  Said program was neatly divided into an “On The Ground” section (focused on the latest passenger-facing tech) and an “Up In The Air” section (looking in detail at The Passenger Experience).  Watch out, apparently there’s a new beast up there called the “Me-Centric Passenger”….