Cisco Live 2011 Part 3

Part 3 is the final part to this epic ongoing series of my amazing time in Las Vegas attending Cisco Live 2011. In the previous parts I discussed my experience traveling to Las Vegas, my initial reactions to the Trade Show, and what I thought of it as a Vender. In this issue I will talk more about my observations of the convention and my hopes for next year.

Cisco encouraged many different social activities. They created a mobile application just for attendees to use to research and check into the different booths and events going on during Cisco Live Las Vegas. With using the mobile app you were automatically entered into winning a session with William Shatner, one on one. They also had a contest for the ones who could scan their badge the most by vendors will receive cash and other prizes.

Have I mentioned I love William Shatner? Even though I didn’t hear him speak, having him at the same convention as a guest speaker for one of the keynotes felt like I was at the right show. Former USS captain of the Enterprise was a perfect fit for a Trade Show with geeks like me attending. His hilarious keynote speech brought a great end to the week for Cisco Live 2011.

I can’t forget to talk about Cisco’s Customer Appreciation event. Cisco couldn’t have put on a better show for their loyal customers. As you enter they gave you a VIP badge with a mini map with the lay of the land. As you walk down the long hallway they give you a light up fedora hat with a Cisco Pin on it that also lights up. As you continue they serve you free food and beverages. The first band playing live was OK GO. I love this band. They had the energy I prefer and just played their songs great.  There was an intermission with Cirque Du Soleil professionals performing in the catwalk in the middle of the pool. After OK GO and the acrobatic halftime show was the headlining band, Train. Train played hit song after hit song while engaging the crowd and amping up the energy. On our way out of the concert we noticed Cisco was also serving popcorn and ice cream.

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Next year the trade show will be in San Francisco, California. I can only imagine what new technologies are invented between now and then. I hope to have the opportunity to attend next year and bring my audience up-to-date coverage of the convention again. Until next time Cisconians!

OH! I can’t forget. If you have any experiences at Cisco Live 2011, please leave a comment below and share. Pics and Videos are encouraged.

Benjamin Moore
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