It's all happening at the moment, from virtual (online) technical conferences and expositions to eco-friendly biodegradable display booths.
Generally speaking I tend to not look at adverts in technical magazines (unless there's an elephant involved, in which case I'm a lost cause). Having said this, I just saw a full-page advert in a recent issue of Printed Circuit Design & Fab magazine that caught my eye...
This features a sorry-looking trade-show attendee who has obviously had a trying day. The reason I homed-in on this is that he's the spitting-image of my cousin Graham in the UK (Graham is a couple of years older than me; when we were kids he used to jump out from behind corners and scare the socks off me ... but that's another story).
Anyway, the gist of this advert is that there's going to be a Free Virtual PCB conference next week (Feb 24 and 25). You can check it out at www.Virtual-PCB.com and – if you're interested – you can Register for what they describe as: "The only online, interactive event for the PCB design, fabrication and assembly markets that you can view live from the comfort of your home or office."
Well, virtual conferences ... who would have "thunk" it? Personally, I prefer the hustle-and-bustle of a physical conference, but I feel for the small companies who have to pay an exorbitant amount to acquire and deploy even the most rinky-dink of booths. Which brings me to an innovative concept called "Green-and-Gold Displays" (you can check them out at www.GreenAndGoldDisplays.com).
These little rascals are formed from recycled materials and are themselves 100% recyclable. The underlying structure is formed from cardboard, which makes them light, affordable to buy, cheap to ship, and easy to set up at the other end. Once you have the structure assembled, you clad it with a "skin" upon which are printed the graphics of your choice.
Max takes a look at a Green-and-Gold Display
I should point out that the display shown in this video is one of the smaller ones. In fact these little scamps can be mega-wide and rise to sixteen feet in height (check out their Gallery to see some rather cool examples).
After the show, you can dismantle your booth and ship it home, or you may decide to retrieve only the skin (and fittings like lights) and discard the rest. In this latter case (which may be an attractive option if you're attending a show half way around the world), it may be that some other company can make use of your cast-off frame. Alternatively, the entire structure can be thrown away, because it's 100% biodegradable. In fact, in these environmentally-conscious times, it's interesting to note that a Green-and-Gold Display has the smallest "Carbon Footprint" of any comparably-sized booth technology on the planet.
2009 New Year Resolution (Goal: Walk 1000 miles at ~3 miles a day)
[A=Actual, C=Current, P=Plan-to-Date, R=Remaining, T=Total]
|Days:|| T=365, C=51, R=314|
|Miles:|| T=1000, P=153.00, A=176.12, Δ=+23.12, R=823.88|
|Note:|| I need to pick up the pace a bit...|
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