Pretty much bang-on 5:25 last night the 3rd floor elevator dinged and opened up, with the first of what was a wave of people arriving and ready to go for the 10th annual 16:9 Mixer, which has grown into the traditional first big networking event of Digital Signage Expo week.
The Hard Rock Cafe has been hosts for this for many years, and they have it all down – providing the venue and people to make for what I think was the best one we’ve done to date. We didn’t change the formula at all, but what we do worked well.
A tiny young woman I ribbed about being the world’s smallest bouncer kept an eye on the arrivals, and had a little clicker-counter thingie that suggests we eventually went way past 350 attendees. I ticketed 400-plus, and expect a percentage not to show because of changed plans.
Mets tons and tons of old friends, and a made a bunch of new ones. The reviews were good.
— FusionCIS-transformative design (@fusioncis) March 27, 2019
— Ayuda Systems (@AyudaSystems) March 27, 2019
Thank you for putting on this event – had a great night! Saw some ‘old’ friends and met some new ones. So glad to see so many AV ladies representing! #womenofDS #womeninAv #Avgeeks #avtweeps https://t.co/RF88HeXcG5
— samantha phenix (@samantha_phenix) March 27, 2019
What a GREAT opportunity Dave provides THOUSANDS of people every year to succeed!
— Spence Graham (@WVUSWG) March 27, 2019
If you were there, and we didn’t get a chance to meet or talk, I hope you had a great time. I only made it into the party twice – once for a badly needed pint, and then to connect a couple of industry people. The rest of the time, I was up front playing Walmart greeter.
The people who suggested I was looking great and had lost a few pounds must have missed my baby bump. But springtime is coming and I like to walk, walk, walk it off.
Thanks to my “staff” – wife, sister-in-law and brother in law, who worked the front desk and took lotsa photos (which I will post later).
That’s my big DSE thing. The show itself opens in a few hours, and I have a pile of social events after. But no obligations. Yay!
Have a great DSE and see you on the exhibit hall floor.
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.