Nov. 25-28. Smile! GNYDM is the Greater New York Dental Meeting — what else? Delegates were showing off their pearly whites at one of the largest Dental Congresses in the world, with well over 50,000 healthcare professionals looking over 1500 technical exhibits, and demonstrating the newest technology for the dental profession. There was a choice of full-day seminars, half-day seminars, essays, hands-on workshops, glass-enclosed and Live Patient Demonstration Area. Booth teams were there in force to demonstrate and teach visitors about new products and technology from around the world. They could touch, use and compare the newest materials and technology in dentistry today. Everyone said they attended the speeches to learn something; but actually they were just checking out the speakers’ caps and bridgework…
Dec. 3-4, 2012. This is the ICSC’s “International Conference and Deal-Making”. So what exactly would the ICSC be? Well, it’s the International Council of Shopping Centers. And these folks dedicate themselves to “serving the Global Retail Real Estate Industry”. And deal-making, of course. This was an event designed for anyone involved in the retail real estate/shopping center industry profession – lawyers, marketing specialists, retailers, owner, brokers, developers, shopping center managers, and government employees. A talking point was Next Generation, a program geared towards challenges, interests and trends in retail real estate. The guiding committee felt there was a need to offer a program which helped new retail real estate professionals enter the business — and the trade association — while also offering continuing education and mentoring. So these folks were, erm, learning to “keep it “real”…?”
June 5-7, 2012. Blog World and New Media Expo was co-located with BEA, or BookExpo America, emphasizing that blogging too is all about writing, publishing and putting your thoughts onto little flickering hand-held screens. The bloggy part of this partnership mounted over 130 sessions on content creation, and fielded around 170 industry-leading presenters, some of them, let’s face it, pretty eclectic. For instance you could get the collected wisdom of Gary Hoover of Hooversworld, comedian Mark Malkoff, Jennifer Lawson of Bloggess Ventures, Jelina Woehr from Yahoo! Contributor Network, Matt Sloan of Blame Society (well, who else would you blame?), Linus Chou from Google, singer-songwriter Daria Musk… And here they all were in person, demonstrating that there is, after all, a life beyond the blogosphere….
June 5-7, 2012. Who are we? ”We are BEA”, which stands for Book Expo America, purportedly “the largest publishing event in North America”. (Er, bigger than a Harry Potter launch…?) BEA continued to evolve this year by adding new features to keep pace with industry shifts, and in direct response to customer feedback. Digital continued to make inroads into printed-page publishing. The Digital Discovery Zone featured daily Digital Cocktail Networking Happy Hours to bring e-book professionals together to discuss and share ideas on the digital publishing revolution. There were marquee BEA author events in combination with digital programming. Featured authors included Barbara Kingsolver, Junot Diaz, Jo Nesbo and Stephen Colbert… who managed to keep a straight face at least some of the time….
May 1-3, 2012. It’s about innovation, intelligence and passion, we heard. In the most pharmaceutical kind of way, of course… INTERPHEX is supposed to be the leading annual pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical trade show. Key decision makers came for the networking opportunities, products, services and information they needed to ensure quality and maximize efficiency, agility, and flexibility in their manufacturing and supply chain areas. This show is where intelligence and passion intersect with the full spectrum of industry products and services (over 650 suppliers exhibiting) to create new insights and innovation — hence the motto above. There were over fifty conference sessions, including an event convened to fight childhood cancer, and a program to track the way firms move a product to market, strengthening the alignment between INTERPHEX’s traditionally strong exhibit platform and its educational components. Hey, what does this blue pill do?
Mar. 22-25, 2012. The Architectural Digest Home Design Show was where the design in-crowd went to explore the latest products for the home, shop from new and established brands, and get inspired by new ideas and insight from top talents in the design industry. There were exhibits from nearly 400 premium brands, design seminars presented by The New York Times, cooking demonstrations and tastings, complimentary one-on-one design consultations, and show tours with New York Design Center designers. The MADE section provided individual artists and designers with an opportunity to promote themselves at the show. Although artisan work has always been a part of the AD show’s offerings, MADE highlighted this work with a voice of its own rather than being mixed among corporate production brands. So what do you have designs on…?