[California] Fwd: UCSB's 2011 IT Vendor Fair
me at davidbianco.net
Wed May 18 00:59:28 EDT 2011
When was this? UCSB is my alma mater....
On Thu, May 5, 2011 at 3:48 PM, Alan Glennon <glennon at gmail.com> wrote:
> Though OSGeo did not have a formal presence at the event, I was able to
> stay for the first half and interact with quite a few university IT staff.
> Alex had given me a pile of brochures, OSM buttons, and a few OSGeo Live
> discs, and I brought them with me. Since I know many of the IT staff, I
> targeted the discs to people for whom I thought the material would
> particularly resonate. No other explicitly geo vendors attended (no Google,
> no Microsoft, and no ESRI). There was an unlabeled table with some ESRI
> brochures on it, but for the two hours I was there, it was not staffed.
> Perhaps ESRI just sent in some pamphlets and the organizers placed them on a
> free table. Oracle attended, but their participants were not geospatial
> It'd be great to have more OSGeo presentations and demonstrations on
> campus. Spatial at ucsb hosts discussion groups and workshops, and while many
> of these focus on open source geospatial tech, an OSGeo talk hosted by
> another department on campus may attract attendees outside our regulars.
> Alan Glennon
> spatial at ucsb
> On Thu, May 5, 2011 at 12:13 PM, Tyler Mitchell <tmitchell at osgeo.org>wrote:
>> FYI ...
>> Begin forwarded message:
>> *From: *Joe McLain <joe.mclain at lscg.ucsb.edu>
>> *Date: *May 5, 2011 12:11:52 PM PDT
>> *To: *Joe McLain <joe.mclain at lscg.ucsb.edu>
>> *Subject: **Fwd: UCSB's 2011 IT Vendor Fair*
>> Good afternoon!
>> I'd like to follow up with you and extend an invitation for you to come to
>> campus for a product demonstration of your own. This was an amazing event
>> and right now we're hungry for information so it's an ideal time for you to
>> let us know what you have to offer. If you weren't able to make it to our
>> vendor fair but would still like exposure on campus, I'd be happy to act as
>> your liaison and facilitate the event in any way I can.
>> Have a great day!
>> -------- Original Message -------- Subject: UCSB's 2011 IT Vendor Fair Date:
>> Thu, 05 May 2011 11:23:19 -0700
>> Thanks again for your participation! From the feedback I've received,
>> this event was an outstanding success. I sent out an e-mail asking my
>> peers around campus for their feedback and the responses have all been
>> that people got what they needed - information and contacts so they can
>> follow up. People found out about products that they didn't know existed
>> or were introduced to new companies with products in categories that
>> they planned to buy. I originally estimated at least 100 and up to 200
>> people attending but am delighted to report that we had over 300 people
>> walk through. Given the fact that there are 1700 staff on campus, that's
>> a pretty amazing number. I saw several faculty walk through and there
>> were a few people from Santa Barbara City College and Westmont College
>> that made it around lunchtime but these were in the minority. I think
>> it's safe to say that there were about 300 staff, many of whom are the
>> decision makers that you as vendors would want to contact, and the
>> faculty and representatives from other colleges fall into the "over 300"
>> I've had several companies ask about coming back out to do product
>> demonstrations based on the interest and questions they were receiving
>> from attendees. In response to that, I'm offering to facilitate your
>> individual return to the campus. I'd be happy to work with you to bring
>> you back to campus and market your event so you can present whatever you
>> wish. Some of my peers have mentioned to me that the energy level on
>> campus is high after yesterday's event and this could be a great
>> opportunity for you to take advantage of the swell of interest in new
>> products and technologies.
>> If you'd like to come back to present your company in depth to a
>> smaller, more targeted audience, let me know. Most vendors mentioned
>> that they got contact info for follow-up; this can be a chance to
>> leverage the interest with people who want to know more but didn't leave
>> their contact info as well.
>> Carpe diem!
>> Joseph D. McLain
>> User Support Group Leader and Systems Administrator
>> University of California, Santa Barbara
>> Life Sciences Computing Group
>> Life Sciences Building, Room 2310
>> Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9610
>> Supporting the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology,
>> the Department of Molecular, Cellular and
>> Developmental Biology, and
>> the Neuroscience Research Institute
>> joe.mclain at lscg.ucsb.edu
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