This year was my first time attending a High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (HI-TEC) with the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC).
It was my first-time…
Serving as a videographer and photographer in an unfamiliar environment.
- Prior to leaving on the trip, I checked, and double checked my bags, making sure nothing was left behind and that I had everything I needed to record and capture this business event.
- This was my first time traveling with more than one electronic device. I went through security hoping that I wouldn’t be pulled aside for a bag check. Going to Missouri, I had no problems. Returning to Texas, I was pulled aside and checked, because I forgot that I had a large bottle of water in my backpack…(sigh).
- At the conference for every session that I served as the videographer, I had to make certain that the cordless microphone was placed where it would capture the speaker’s voice audibly, which was challenging if the speaker was a “walker” that didn’t like to stand at the podium.
- Prior to each session, I had to review the room to locate outlets and a safe place to setup the tripod that would not affect the flow of traffic.
- My cart-on-wheels was a blessing for transporting my video camera and tripod from session to session, but a nightmare for traveling.
- Due to the limited lighting throughout the rooms, it was a challenge taking pictures and trying not to use the flash.
- As a videographer, I did appreciate the courtesy of the staff at the hotel. During the lunches, the head waiter made certain that I was in a good location to record and that they were able to maneuvar around me. However, I arrived earlier to discuss setup with them. It was truly a learning experience.
Attending a technical education conference.
- PI, Ann Beheler, and the Business Industry and Leadership Team (BILT) received the HI-TEC Innovative Program Award for the BILT model, which was a major honor, and I was able to be front and center (literally) videoing.
- Mark won the “Best Conference Content and Description,” and received a $50 Amazon gift card to use for future CTC events. We also took selfies at the “Super Social, Interactive Photo Booth with a High-tech Twist.”
- On Thursday session Laura Berry and Rick Williams of North Arkansas College discussed how their college is providing synchronous access to their IT/networking classes on their main campus for rural students via Zoom technology and other tools.
- Lunch Keynote Speaker Todd McLees, founder of Pendio Group and Rethink Ecosystem Hub – Introduced us to a link called willrobotstakemyjob.com. It is estimated that by 2030, 800 million workers could be displaced by automation and 375 million changing job categories…yeah, go check it out.
- Exhibition Booth – By the end of the conference CTC’s booth was low on promotion materials and full of smiles, because our expectations were met. Another exhibition booth that had a lot of attendees captivated was ATE’s Regional Center for Nuclear Education and Training (RCNET), they allowed viewers to go on a virtual tour of their center
Visiting St. Louis, MO.
- I was mesmerized by the view of St. Louis from the 18thfloor of the Hyatt Regency Hotel, and the scenery was magnificent.
- Took a picture in front of the “Big Suit,” a pink suited, headless statue created by Erwin Wurm.
- The Gateway Arch was in walking distance of my hotel.
Therefore, it was the busiest, challenging, yet enjoyable four days that I have experienced in a while.