Monday begins my travel to Networking Field Day, to join the additional delegates for a few “mind-altering” days in San Jose. Events like this, brought to you by Gestalt IT and Stephen Foskett, are a major event in the networking industry because the connect technical media with technical vendors. In a typical trade show you end up meeting a number of sales people.
What’s the difference? Networking Field Day vs. Traditional Vendor Events.
In a typical Networking Field Day, you meet a number of technical representatives with various vendors. Why is that important? Well consider how a typical trade show booth visit works. You show up, they give you some nicely printed marketing material, an SE gives you the high level and you leave. After that you get about a thousand calls from said vendor asking what your current needs are, when your current need is really just to keep up on what’s out there. Networking Field Day is different. At a Networking Field Day you visit a vendor. They give you a technical presentation. You have time to Q&A with them. And when you leave, they give you their contact information, and offer to provide additional info as questions come up. That’s a huge difference.
Additional Benefits of Networking Field Day
Additionally, if you were not selected as a delegate for Networking Field Day, you are still kept in the loop. Most of the vendor presentations are streamed live. If you miss the live stream you can watch the videos as they are all posted shortly after the event.
Getting Involved in Networking Field Day
You can get involved in Networking Field Day. For this weeks Networking Field Day you can ask questions using the hash tag #NFD6 on twitter. I’m going to try something new this year and watch Facebook for questions. I’ve posted a comment here, that is specifically designed for you to ask questions.
I’m anticipating a wonderful event with a lot of technical talk. It’s always a pleasure to attend this event and I hope to provide some nice articles relating to what I learn. If you have any comments or suggestions please send them my way. It’s always nice to interact with the community.
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