Showing off the tech of the future!

We survived our first Goldilocks Zone event!

The Future’s Future exhibition yesterday was equal parts exhilarating, inspiring and exhausting. We met a lot of people (some of whom we hope to work with in the future), and put on a great show which inspired a lot of people who came through.

While the team’s yet to do a formal debrief, here’s some of the highlights of the day, as well as some things I wish I’d thought of yesterday morning:

We had a constant flow of people watching the live 3D modelling demo:

Some moments from yesterday that stand out in my memory:

  • Putting a 3D printed object in people’s hands for the first time and watching their expression as they think about what they could do with the technology
  • Watching people’s faces light up as they realise the big digger mech on screen is the same as the 3D print on the table
  • Watching the kids (interestingly, all boys) stand at Tom’s shoulder for ages to watch him making a 3D model
  • Talking to people from a huge range of ages and backgrounds about their visions for future vehicles, communities, etc
  • Best of all, the moments when I stood back and appreciated everything the team did to bring the display together as a cohesive piece that drew a lot of attention, getting excitement from tech professionals right through to little kids.

I was not above riding the standee of our solar powered dirt-bike of the future:

Among the excitement, we also had some moments we’ll learn from when we’re planning for our next event:

  • When an organiser tells you they’ve got a TV on a stand for you, they mean a 5cm tall stand, not a 150cm stand.
  • Setup will always take longer than expected. Guests will arrive earlier than expected. Set up ridiculously early.
  • Check the footprint of the event before telling people where you’re situated. Our stand turned out to be much harder to find than we’d expected. We’d put precise directions on our flyer, but a lot of visitors tried to find us using the event’s own map, which wasn’t as specific.

Finally, here’s our team at the end of the day, with huge grins and a glass of bubbly to celebrate!

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3 thoughts on “Showing off the tech of the future!

  1. julie says:

    On set up: it takes twice as long as you expect. On arrivals: People always arrive 10 to 20 minutes before opening time (unless actually excluded by gates) and expect you to be fully functional by then.
    Glad you had a good day.

    • Yep, sounds about right. Except people arrived 1-2 hours early, probably because the location was a nice hotel lounge that opened well before we were due to set up.

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