York Business and Technology Expo
Last week the company for which I work exhibited at the York Business and Technology Expo. It had been a couple of years since I had last attended the show, and more than five years since I had exhibited there as an employee for another company. So I wasn’t really sure what to expect.
I was really impressed with the quality, caliber and number of other exhibitors. The show was a lot larger than I had expected; it’s hard to believe that the exhibitors only represented a small number of the companies located here in York. Quite a few were up to par with booths I’ve seen at national technology expos I’ve attended and exhibited at. There were a lot of booths that had some form of technology representing them, be it kiosks, PCs or digital signage. And it all seemed to be up and running (which is sadly more than I can say for some of the exhibitors at other techie shows I’ve been to…).
It seemed to me that the majority of the exhibitors were selling B2B products and services. However, the majority of attendees were consumers, rather than employees representing businesses. So the booths that catered to these attendees (i.e. gave away free stuff) experienced the most traffic. We gave away Stauffer’s Animal Cookies and Wolfgang chocolates, which were a big hit. Attendee traffic was a bit light, so the best option for networking seemed to be to do so with other vendors rather than attendees, something that is usually frowned upon at the tradeshows I typically attend.
Anyway, here are a few things I discovered there. K &K coffee company makes a delicious vanilla cappuccino! And Weaver Eye Associates have a really cool mirror that has a camera in it, which takes your picture while trying on glasses. It then displays that picture on a computer monitor, splitting the screen with up to three images of you wearing other glasses. I may have been lingering at their booth, since I desperately need a new pair (I’ve had the same ones for 11 years – I’m due!). And I haven’t figured it out yet, but either my glasses are crooked or my face is. The left side sits a good half an inch lower than my right…
What other cool stuff did I miss? Let me know!