Members of the digital signage community who live and work in the Toronto area have for a few years now been getting together on a regular basis for an informal mixer at an area bar. These ‘meet-up’ sessions are purely intended as a chance to get people with common business interests together to swap cards and share ideas. Many business relationships have developed out of these friendly sessions, and the events usually attract 50 or more people. There are no demos. No speeches. Just a lot of mixing and meeting.I did a mixer last year, the night before the exhibit hall opened for Digital Signage Expo, at a slightly weird but still cool lounge that had a flaming firepool and waitresses wearing long gowns. That went over well, so me and my colleagues at The Preset Group, a digital signage consultancy, have organized a bigger, better mixer for this year on February 23rd, the night before the DSE exhibit hall opens.
We have selected and booked a portion of a beautiful bar/nightclub that is part of the Venetian/Palazzo hotel complex, with room indoors and outdoors on a patio overlooking the Strip.
The meet-up will run from 6-8, though we expect some or many will linger. We have room for about 150, so if you are coming, we suggest you RSVP now. Sponsors for the event are Diversified Media Group, Adcentricity, POPAI, Arsenal Media, Thinxtream and DailyDOOH. Sharing sponsorship means we were able to get the first round of drinks covered, as well as some food, at a place that is definitely not in the same family as the $1 Margarita places down the strip.
We need to control numbers, so if you wish to attend, please use our RSVP tool on EventBrite: http://dslvmixer2010.eventbrite.com/
Come mixer day, you will then check-in at the event to get your access information. I think security will actually ask for IDs because there will be drink tickets. So people in their 40s and 50s will have the surreal experience of being carded. Oh well. Minor silliness.
Please also respect our sponsors who have graciously agreed to help offset costs without a lot of promotional consideration. Showing up in logo’d shirts and passing out material other than your business card would be, simply put, bad form.
We have room for roughly 150, so these will go fast. The place is big, not huge, so we have to control numbers and just showing up that night will be a little problematic. If you register, please don’t try to bring your whole booth. One or two people, please, as the point of a mixer is to meet NEW people, not hang out with colleagues.