What an exhibition!
There was snow on the outside but it was warm and busy on the inside. This was our first year at Confex and, apparently, foot fall was down due to the bad weather. That didn’t stop us from being kept extremely busy from all the people we talked to.
As well as conference organisers, it was also great to meet other exhibitors, to find out where they sat in the conference lifecycle and to find overlaps and synergies between our services.
Confex 2018 – Just about anything and everything to do with Events and Conferences
Overall, we met people from all sorts of organisations and jobs including conference organisers, technologists, venue managers, students and let us not forget the BBQ Party Organisers who had come over from Germany to tell everyone about their great product.
In fact, so varied was Confex, that I think it’s fair to say that we learnt about jobs and services that we didn’t even know existed!
So what did we learn?
Well, from all the people who picked up a morning snack from our stand, we learnt that Orange Club biscuits were more popular than Jaffa Cakes!
The firebird team in action.
More seriously, we learnt that there are a lot of conference organisers making do with poor submission and review systems. On more than one occasion the phrases “Copy & Paste” and “Excel” came up conjuring up images of many hours lost doing painstaking but simple administrative tasks.
It was such a delight to get such positive feedback on the Firebird system and to see eyes light up when we demonstrated how Firebird solved simple problems that other software hadn’t addressed.
Unfortunately, we didn’t get to talk to everyone who were waiting to meet us and I know that not everyone was able to make it through the snow to Confex this year. But if you did miss us then we would still love to talk to you so please do get in touch.
The Firebird founders – Paul and Dan