Well, it’s over for another year, and all that remains is for me to thank everyone who helped on the stand. From Ric in his ideas and stand design (minimal) to his efforts to set up the non-existent stand with John on Tuesday to Little Miss and her parents (really, they showed up this morning. I’ve never seen anyone get so giggly and embarrassed so quickly!).
This year especially special thanks go the helpers on the stand who freed me up to do the ‘business’ end of things whist they did the meeting and greeting and freebie distribution. As always though, it was the members who either came up to say ‘hi’ or stopped for a longer chat who made all of our efforts worthwhile and pushed the exhaustion away (for a bit), and the increasing attention of some major names in the IT industry means your ideas and options are going to carry a lot further that you thought.
OK, so in no particular order here’s the list of ‘yay's’ and ‘boo's’
EMAP For letting us help out again at this year’s show.
Our members visiting the stand, it’s always a pleasure.
All of the stand staff for ensuring I had time to do ‘my thing’ as well as meeting the members.
Yas Persian restaurant on Hammersmith Road where we ate in last night. ‘Yum’ does not do it justice. If you get chance, eat there.
SYSMAN_MK for staying for the ‘end-of-BETT meal’ and being a graphic genius.
Nephelim for wearing a mask to bed and making me smile.
Tony Sheppard. No-one should ever have to work as hard as you do.
SmoothWall for the Nerf gun range and net connection….and everything else besides. You guys are stars.
Net-Ctrl for the loan of Aggy. She works as hard as Tony but is much better looking!
Microsoft for the ideas and help in the future, as well as the launch party invite. Thanks Ray, you’ll be missed here in the UK.
Graham Brown-Martin, for inviting us to the Handheld Learning Conference. You really are as mad as a box of frogs, but you also have lots of very valid points!
Will Townsend of ESP for the party invite after the BETT exhibitors bash. Nice pub, nice beer and nice food. Oh, nice people too
Having the stand taken down in record time and getting everyone out of BETT by 16:20 for the first time ever.
Novotel St Pancras for getting our rooms right.
Novotel London West, for getting mine and Shaun’s room booking so horribly wrong and doing the minimum to fix it.
Photography conventions in the same Novotel for bad singers and hogging the bar\chairs.
El Toro restaurant on Hammersmith Road. I didn’t think an eating establishment could get it so wrong in such a short space of time, but you did. Congratulations.
Finally having a hour spare to look around the exhibition and getting dragged into several booths and given a sales pitch instead of a quick introduction before getting half way around which resulted in my retreating back to the safety of the EduGeek stand.
Learning of a certain filtering company new to the UK market bad mouthing SmoothWall.
A certain stand that we all ended up taking detours around because of rather ‘enthusiastic’ staff.
My utter, utter exhaustion and having to be away from home for 10 days.
I’m sure there are more, but I really am too tired to add to the list, so I may come back to edit it later.
Who’s up for BETT 2012?
Last edited by Dos_Box; 16th January 2011 at 07:42 PM.
Thanks too to everyone on the stand, great to meet you guys - putting faces to names, and letting me darken a corner of the stand for 3 days. Finally got the chance to make a few days of it, and get more involved .
Serif for the Brollies which resulted in some "Brollie Fencing" with Tony (vid to follow...)
Lego guys for letting me play with the remote controlled dumper truck
Tony doing his Tiger thing :-)
All the Staff and Mods being so welcoming, and letting me "lurk" with intent lol
Being repeatedly stopped by the same 2 people on one stand despite wearing a EG T-shirt and Exibitor badge...grrrrr!
Not shrink-wrapping or duck-tapping up EduTech this year lol
Glad my mask provided some amusement...even if littlemiss thinks I sound like darth vader whilst wearing it! Mind you without it, I would sound like Ric...whom I could hear from his room underneath!!!
Definately agree about El Toro and YAS, mind you I think everyone that was there would agree about the comments you put about those!!!
That filtering company made a bad name for themselves, a few people who came to the smoothwall stand mentioned about them, certainly one to avoid, especially with the figures they have! lol 20 people (which includes devs, managers, etc) for 56000 clients (or whatever it was!) lol
Let me know if the password for the switch works, if not I will find out what I put down curtesy of my keylogger. lol
Last edited by nephilim; 16th January 2011 at 07:32 PM.
Kirsty is trying to buy a couple for her work, so I may be able to give an extended review later in the year and totally not just play with them. no, thats not what will happen.
Thanks Chris, for letting us minor geeks join in with your fun again - and for putting up with all the stress and irritations from nutters/exhibitors/edutech as well as keeping us in a style to which we could very easily become accustomed.
Meeting a record amount of edugeek members who we've not seen before
having the 'most people on site at once' records tumble day after day
ZeroHour calling Chris and I 'an embarrassment' when we were with Microsoft (you had to be there)
Bossman and Webman being able to stay the night for once, and not just running around like loons cause they're sleep deprived and need to catch a coach. Also great to see you guys.
Playing nerf guns at high noon with Sean from Smoothwall in the middle of some very disapproving people - hilarious. In fact smoothwall once again kept us entertained and on our toes, always a good thing.
Everyone who viewed the webcam/twitter feeds/videos and said hi on the shoutbox - you guys help show us that it is worthwhile reporting back
Shocking internet access - this is usual but this year seemed even worse. Shaun and I both trying to work on stand was killed by traceroute response with up to 4-figure lag times. Retiring to the press lounge didn't help when their connection died too.
UPS - they are teh fail. end of.
Freebie quality was an all time low - seriously shockingly bad. I may have to purchase memory sticks this year rather than pulling them from promotional bags for 7 weeks
Last edited by Domino; 16th January 2011 at 08:24 PM.