I just returned from Massive, a technology trade show put on by the folks at Techvibes. It was held at Science World (recently and despicably renamed to TelusSphere) in downtown Vancouver, and featured a ton of booths and a few conference sessions. When I say ‘at’, I mean ‘throughout’–they really took over the place.
Science World, for the unfamiliar, is a great, interactive museum dedicated to science. My fellow geeks and I have many fond memories of attending as kids, and I still enjoy going every once in a while. Additionally, as it turns out, spring break bumped up against Easter this year. Apparently, as a result, lots of kids aren’t in school today. You can see where this is going.
Scores of parents and children were showing up, only to be informed that the place is full of geeks. There was plenty of tantrums and open weeping.
TechVibes folks: next year, pick a more appropriate venue. At least choose one that doesn’t make the kids cry.
I had mixed feelings about the event as a whole. I didn’t attend any sessions, which apparently were good if introductory. If you’re just learning about email marketing in 2005, you’re a little late to the table. They did very well in getting lots of exhibitors, but I had a hard time gauging who the average attendee was. Still, aside from the venue issues, the TechVibes people should be pretty happy with their results.