Great idea to start this discussion. I'm not an exhibitor; but I hope those exhibitors who are on I Love DAC do give their opinions and specific requests. Same thing with designers. What would they like to be able to do and see more of? The conference can learn from listening. Good show! Cheers.
Here's a starter ... I was very impressed with the success of Synopsys' Conversation Central. Although I didn't attend many of the sessions, the ones that I did sit in on had very lively and interesting discussions with value to all participants. Even competitors were invited and, maybe surprisingly, the conversation was not confrontational but rather collaborative. Most of the time, it was standing-room-only.
My understanding of the format -
- pre-announce topics
- line up a couple key participants, open invitation to others to participate
- need great moderator/facilitator to keep discussion focused
- intimate setting, with limited # participants
- end on schedule, but allow for future sessions to continue the discussion
- keep detailed notes and post summaries/blogs of discussions
I wonder if we can borrow that format to have more topics and conversations on the exhibit floor. I can envision having conversations centered on verification, manufacturing, social media, standards, what to do about DAC48, etc.
Not sure how it might work logistically or who would support it, but more conversation and more ideas can only help ...
We tried something similar to Conversation Central at the Atrenta booth - a BlogFest. Open discussion on an edgy topic with all bloggers (indepdendent and trade press) present. We recieved good feedback (and some blogging). Maybe there needs to be a pavillion dedicated to these kind of open discussion topics on the show floor. I think a little more of this, and a little less panel discussions on the floor would be healthy. There are enough people at DAC do drive opinions and trends if the group finds a unified voice. We can probably come up with a compelling set of topics.
Really fun discussion today. Here are notes from our discussion today ...
Mike and I spoke about having a follow-up discussion in a couple weeks at Atrenta (we'll have a bridge for out-of-area participants). Shoot me an email if there are any particular days/times which will absolutely not work for you.
In the meantime, pls feel free to comment or discuss in this forum.