Last week, a few of you may have heard that I was at the BETT show. It was pretty cool – in fact, I would go so far as to say the best exhibition I have been in charge of (and I have worked on nearly 100 of them). Here are just some of my highlights, I am sure there will be more to come in the next few days/weeks as they come back to me, but at the moment here you go…
Wednesday daytime was quiet, it started with snow and therefore issues getting visitors and our choir to the show. The day itself did help us though iron out the presentation niggles and help (I hope) the rest of the week go well. I had committed a long time before the show started to try and upload a highlights video every night – this meant quick script writing and late night editing, but it got there. One thing we found out pretty quickly is that we have a quite terrible camcorder, especially the audio – so the first video especially was pretty hard to understand! After that, things got better and we learned lessons. Quick, interesting presentations led to more people on the stand, and better conversations!
Thursday at the show was much busier and was the start of our round of TeachMeet Takeover sessions, the choir turned up and it was the start of BETT proper! Throughout the show, I only managed to get off the stand once (to see Ollie Bray do his TeachMeet Takeover on Google Maps) – but that didn’t mean that I didn’t learn anything. The TeachMeet sessions were amazing, I learned a lot and couldn’t get over the buzz that it created!
Of the whole show, I would say the Friday afternoon was stunning – by far the best exhibition experience I have had. We kicked it off with a TeachMeet Takeover from Ian Yorston and Tom Barrett, then moved on to the Class PET party. This meant the afternoon was not only inspirational, but we managed to talk to an amazing range of people. I had so many good conversations with people, including Tom Barrett, Tim Rylands and Ollie Bray – and so, so many more!
The evening events, however, were what kept me up late, and kept me going! TEDx Orenda on the Wednesday night was as good as I had hoped it would be. I have been a fan of TED for a long time, so actually attending a talk was fantastic! AmplifiED on the Wednesday night was enjoyable in a different way! There was a smaller group of us, but that didn’t stop us having a good time! I sat in on the play based learning talk with John Mayo et al. Finally, the piece de resistance on the Friday night – TeachMeet BETT 2010. I loved every second of this! The three hours went in a blink, and I walked back to my hotel more awake and invigorated than I had at any time during the show! The capacity for teaching and learning in the room was only matched by the enthusiasm and sheer passion that it was delivered.
I finished the week completely shattered and exhausted, BETT does that to you…but I have started this week with new ideas and a new energy – you did that to me, and thank you for doing so!
PS – if you have any suggestions for me on our stand, let me know – I am happy to set up a wallwisher!!!