The Oct. 10-12 event targets existing and prospective clients, but is also pretty good networking for vendors within FWI’s ecosystem.
I know companies like Scala and NDS (Netherlands) also do user events, though I don’t think they get near this scale and are more like partner/training conferences.
The first day track is training aimed at users, and the broader educational stuff happens on the 11th. The conference is fee-based, and ranges from $400 to $1,100 – the number based on how deep and involved a person gets (the big fee includes user training, meals, etc).
One thing I liked and thought worked well is FWI’s offices are in the same building as a very nice hotel, which was handy as hell. And the keynotes were maybe two blocks away in a museum theater. So it was all nicely contained, including the evening events in the hotel bar.
Here’s a “sizzle” video with visuals from the 2016 version of Forward …
Dave Haynes is the founder and editor of Sixteen:Nine, an online publication that has followed the digital signage industry for some 14 years. Dave does strategic advisory consulting work for many end-users and vendors, and also writes for many of them. He’s based near Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Canada’s east coast.