Have you booked your pass yet for one of these epic conventions?
With technology and the Internet of Things becoming an ever growing global market, there’s never been a better time to be a technology enthusiast.
For the last few years there have been new Expos and Conventions cropping up all over the States – giving circuit board-crazy tech lovers a good excuse to visit another land and bone up on the latest advancements at the same time. It doesn’t matter what niche you’re into, whether it’s gaming, consumer electronics, virtual reality or networking – there’ll be a convention that’s tailor made to your preferences.
We’ve taken a broad look at the year’s convention calendar and cherry picked what we think are the best ones to visit this year. Some of them are free and some will cost you an arm and a leg. Either way you’ll be presented with a huge eyeful of glittering, shiny modern advancements that are bound to get you psyched for the fast approaching future.
They may well take a sizeable chunk out of your finances, but you can guarantee that at these 3 International Expos, you’ll be seeing the absolute cutting edge in high-end tech:
Nabshow – Las Vegas Convention Center, NV – April 24th-27th
The last thing Las Vegas needs is more bright, shining lights, however this April Nabshow will be bringing them in abundance once more. Hundreds of exhibitors from the smallest of startups to the biggest of developers will be showcasing their new products and ideas, looking for investment or simply to drum up some consumer interest. The show floor is absolutely huge and each year they somehow manage to fit more in than the year before.
All interests are marketed for here, everything from content creation to consumer trends such as Virtual Reality.There’s always a massive variety of things to do, from interactive exhibits of truly next-generation technology to world class speakers from the upper echelons of the business and entertainment worlds. At only $185 for a 3-session and exhibits pass, this is a very reasonably priced convention with plenty of cross cultural appeal, even for those not in the business. At such a low cost, the only money you’ll end up losing is in the casinos at the end of the night!
Space Tech Expo USA – Pasadena, CA – May 23rd-25th
When NASA announced a semi-permanent hiatus on any major launches in 2011, the hopes that us humans would be leaving the planet and exploring the rest of the solar system seemed rather slim. However, if you haven’t been paying attention recently, there’s been a resurgence in Space travel. Thanks to the successes of Elon Musk’s recent SpaceX launches it looks like man will be heading out of orbit once again so there’s never been a better time to get to grips with the nitty gritty of space travel.
One of the best things about this expo is that it’s 100% free. All you’ll need to do is go to the website and register your interest. It’ll greatly help you if you’ve already got some kind of footing in the community, however they always leave a certain percentage of passes open to students and interested individuals. The exhibitor list for this year’s expo is massive and covers a whole range of Technology companies both small and large.
RTX – Austin, TX – July 7th-9th
If all this high-end B2B tech seems a bit too much to you, then you can rely on the guys from massive video-game production company Rooster Teeth to provide you with a fun weekend in the deep South that’s bound to keep you interested. Ever since the rip-roaring success of their Red vs Blue animation series, using the engine for Halo: Combat Evolved as a base, the men and women at Rooster Teeth have been pumping out consistently hilarious, informative and passionate video-game based content.
A day pass for this festival can come as heap as $35, giving you access to the entire showroom floor as well as an attendee bag. However, if you’re a big fan of the Rooster Teeth crew then you’ll have no choice but to invest in the 3 Day Pass (a reasonable $95) that grants you a code that is redeemable for one of the many autograph sessions with stars of Rooster Teeth’s many podcast and YouTube shows.