Once again I am making my plans to attend the NAB Show 2013. This will be my 11th year in a row for attending NAB so I wanted to share some tips for those going, or thinking of going.
First off, it's not too late to register to attend the NAB Show and the Calgary FCPUG, in co-operation with the NAB Show can help. However, the deadline for these deals is coming to an end soon. You have until March 22nd to take advantage of these deals.
Code for $100 off Conference Registration: PR28 (link with code prepopulated): http://registration3.experientevent.com/showNAB131/Default.aspx?App=EO&Passcode=PR28
Code for free Exhibits-only Registration: PR13 (link with code prepopulated): http://registration3.experientevent.com/showNAB131/Default.aspx?App=EO&Passcode=PR13
Once you are registered for NAB you need to get a hotel. One option is to use the NAB Show hotel reservation site. Of course, there is also sites like Expedia, Hotels.com, etc. You will also need to book a flight. As one of the biggest trade shows of the year you do not want to hesitate too long to book your flight and accommodation.
If your chosen hotel is along The Strip consider taking the Las Vegas Monorail to and from the convention centre each day. Though buses run from most hotels to the conventions centre the Monorail can be faster and more convenient depending which hotel you are staying at. Get a special rate on Monorail passes by clicking here.
Why do you want to attend NAB? Check out this great article by Earle Nichol at Matrix Video Communications here in Calgary. It is a great opportunity to meet other people from all around the world who are doing what you do, or doing what you would like to be doing, or even doing things completely outside of what you are doing from which you can learn a surprising amount. Curiously, it is also a great opportunity to meet people from your own community who you might not normally have access to; a better networking opportunity is pretty hard to find.
Speaking of networking, why not attend the biggest editors' network event on the planet, the 12th annual Las Vegas Supermeet which will be held again this year at the Rio Hotel in the Amazon Ballroom, which after the technical problems of last year is a welcome return. You can still pick up early bird tickets for the event until March 12th. Best of all, you could win one of the dozens of door prizes given away every year. Last year Calgary members did very well; don't let the fact I have never won a door prize discourage you in any way.
Of course, there are a number of other opportunities for networking. I always try to get to the Canadian Hospitality Suite, which is traditionally held in one of the ballrooms of the Flamingo Hotel. Often the manufacturers of various hardware and software also have events at NAB. Oh, and there is the show floor. Take the chance to meet the people who make the products you use. You will see companies like Avid, Adobe, and Autodesk providing demonstrations and teaching lessons. As well, take the time to drop by our Sponsor, Blackmagic Design and our Platinum Sponsor, AJA Video Systems, and say thanks for their support. Take a break and take a seat for even more learning at the Post Pit in the Lower South Hall. Even take the time to learn about things outside your particular field. You might be surprised what you can learn stepping outside your area of expertise.
Last of all, the Calgary FCPUG traditionally has a meet-up on the opening morning of the exhibit floor (this year Monday April 8th). We meet up at the front entrance of the Lower South Hall by the Starbucks. I hope to meet as many members there as possible. Enjoy NAB!