From rAVe Pubs; Authored by DSF Education Committee Member, Michael Katz from Zignage
I have been attending business trade shows since the mid-1990s when I first worked for a relatively small but very successful CD-ROM OEM hardware/software technology company. As time went on and I changed my technology focus (from data storage and backup to telecom/network, then video managed services, then AV integration and currently digital signage CAS), I was either an exhibitor or attendee at many technology shows and conferences.
When I was a teenager and even younger, I would go to the New York International Auto Show at the Jacob K. Javits Center with my father and some of his friends. The car manufacturers at that time showed off their latest designs and concept cars, in addition to those that were currently available. There was no digital signage as we think of it today — and online meant you were standing on a line in a store or outside the store if there was a giveaway.
Fast forward to 2022 — I just attended the most recent Auto Show (April 15-24) at the Javits Center, and the show and facility (recently increased 30% in size) have changed drastically, even from a few years ago.