Monday, June 25, 2012

Exhibit Hall at the ISTE Conference

The vendors exposition at this conference is certainly impressive. There are more than 500 vendors, and many of them have big, lavish booths. There's everything from little software or website startups to big well-known hardware vendors. There are things to play with, and many ways to share your contact information so they can get in touch with you and share information about their products and services. Perhaps even more than you'd like them to. There are raffles to enter (see the above comment about sharing your personal information), and swag to collect if you're interested. 

Thankfully unlike events such as E3 and car shows there are no "booth babes", but there are some notable uniforms or costumes that border on inappropriate.

For the most part, though, the exposition hall is worth visiting, especially if there's a particular product or service that you're interested in checking out or talking to someone about. The vendors are all more than happy to talk about their company and how they would be a great fit in your school or school division.

After a quick lunch, though, it's time for me to head back to some sessions. Unfortunately I shouldn't spend the whole day playing with Lego and other toys.

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