Today was pre-opening day for CES, with a lot of press conferences, and a few keynote addresses. The real show starts tomorrow. I thought I'd try to get organized and build my "shopping list" of exhibitors to see. It was a very short list because I didn't recognize most of the names - OK, I know the biggies, but those aren't the booths I stop at when browsing at CES. At the real show, I just wander. They didn't do the best job of presenting the list of exhibitors on line. You could click on one and add it to your "to see" list, but if you didn't know what that company with an interesting name did, there wasn't a clickable link to find out. I have a feeling this show is going to support my anxieties about virtual trade shows. Today was also the first day of press conferences, and, dammit, I want to know what's new, and what I want to come to their booth to see in more detail. I don't want to watch a $&*@# music video with a narrator in a suit.
NAMM did better. The show doesn't start until January 18, but they opened up the planning parts to media registrants (I'm one) starting today. The setup was similar to what CES had, with the big difference being that, for the audio exhibitors and most electronic music companies, including electric guitars, amps, and speakers, I knew nearly all the names and started clicking them off, wondering "when will this stop?" Whew!
I usually go to the NAMM show with maybe a dozen exhibitors that I want to be sure to see, but, while there's always something I've missed, I usually see just about every exhibitor in my area of interest, and that's a lot. I wish they'd apply their artificial intelligence to building me a walking tour from my "want to see" list. That would make sense, but only for those exhibitors who were were just "there" and didn't have scheduled presentations (some of which I might want to catch) at specific times. Hey! If your're listening! Plan my tour for me, but let me include not just the company names, but special events and their times so I won't be three exhibit halls away when the time comes.
Oh? I'll never be more than a few steps from my computer during this show? OK, then.
While they don't have event schedules for every booth listed (and I suspect they won't - that'll be between you and the exhibitor) they do have the full schedule of panels, workshops, and lectures posted now. There are some good ones, I think.
There's still time to register, and check out the schedule.Register HereSchedule of EventsExhibitors