The non-DS exhibitors
I've already seen everything from those folks who first-and-foremost consider themselves to be digital signage solution providers. After all, that's what DSE is for. But InfoComm is much, much larger than DSE. It encompasses a much larger and more varied pool of exhibitors, some of whom we deal with tangentially, but many more of whom we've probably never even heard of before. I've made some great tech/implementation discoveries in the past, often in the no-man's land of the last row of the exhibit hall, where tiny Taiwanese companies sell crazy products that do things you never thought you needed.
It's also fun to see which vendors think digital signage is going to be their big growth area. It breaks my heart to see all those streaming video and teleconference guys hawking slightly-tweaked versions of their hilariously expensive products and expecting to make a big killing in our niche. On second thought, no it doesn't...
The POPAI digital signage standards meeting
Image credit: Mark Skipper
If you have even the slightest bit of interest in seeing how this whole interoperability thing plays out, I highly suggest you drop in, even if it's just for the first few minutes. We've got a good, active group of people, and so far the representatives from PRN, WireSpring (duh), Scala, Harris, Coolsign and IAdea have confirmed they're showing up. I expect a whole bunch more. And while I don't think the expo center folks will let us have a keg in the room, I promised a few people on last week's call that I'd look into it and see what I can do.
The Strategy Institute conference
This will be the third year that we'll be attending/exhibiting at the Strategy Institute's Digital Signage Technology Summit, which is targeted at exactly the kind of audience that InfoComm typically attracts. The SI conference covers stuff like planning rollouts effectively, using digital signs to find new revenue streams, lower operating costs or improve productivity, and integrating digital signage solutions with other products. We've learned a good deal in the past at this conference, and have made some good connections to boot. If you think you might want to check it out for yourself, be sure to mention the secret code 9015-WS10 to get 10% off of your ticket price when you sign up for the event.
Catching up with y'all
I've met so many people through this blog and related industry happenings that it's getting very difficult to keep up, even with Twitter, LinkedIn and a plethora of other services that promise to keep us connected. It's always great to catch up over lunch, a drink, or even just a quick visit at a booth. While I'll probably be spending part of my time Wednesday at the Strategy Institute conference, I expect to do a good amount of booth sitting at InfoComm, so stop by and see us in booth #1746.
So, those are my plans for InfoComm 2009. What are you looking forward to doing and seeing at the show?