The Event: Drupa 2012, The largest print show in Europe. The Venue: The Messe, Düsseldorf, encompassing 17 halls of Exhibition space! The Client: WRG for Ricoh. The Experience: 2000m² of floor space showcasing the latest Ricoh hardware and software technology. … Continue reading →
Last week Eric, Alan and myself were in Berlin supporting Big Rock Productions on the TedxChange project. Hosted at one of the strangest venues we’ve ever worked in, the shell of the old East Berlin power station, which included – Lots of concrete, lots of darkness and plenty of areas where in the UK or US health & safety would have a field day. The remit for TedxChange is to look at the bigger picture and why as a society we should help provide people with their most basic needs: Food, clean water, life-saving medical treatment and vaccines.
We were tasked with providing full wireless coverage throughout the public areas of the venue as well as a selection of wired and wireless coverage in key areas for speakers, staff and crew. Support the keynote production and of course provide some technical equipment which included: Cisco switches, 4 x Xirrus arrays, 10 x laptops, a TMG server, printers and 1.2km of cat5 cable.
The venue itself was a challenge, being just a shell it couldn’t provide us with the power and internet requirements we needed so it meant power generators being hired in and a line of sight internet connection being ordered and beamed to us across the Berlin skyline from 1.5 miles away.
The show went ahead and was beamed via satellite from Berlin to London where it was webcast live to the world. A full recording of this inspiring show can be found here
When booking a venue for your event there are a whole host of services that will need exploring, the IT provision being one of them.
Through many years of experience we know that every venue is unique in its offerings and capabilities.
Discovering which Technical services are provided by the venue and which ones you may need to source externally can be a time consuming process, so we put together this handy guide to get you started:
1. How much bandwidth do you currently have available and can it be dedicated to our event?
2. If we want to bring in our own internet drop from another ISP, is that possible?
3. Is there an onsite company that manages your network or is it managed remotely?
4. Do you use an in-house AV company or is there an outside company that holds the contract?
5. Do you manage electrical needs internally or is there an outside company that manages that for you?
6. Do you have a loading bay? If so, what is the maximum size lorry it can accomodate?
Keep these handy for the next time you are planning an event…
Last week we were in Liverpool, England supporting the BBC Worldwide Showcase at the Arena and Convention Centre (ACC). It is an annual sales festival where hundreds of hours of BBC Television programming are showcased to over 600 TV and … Continue reading →
Experiential marketing on a different level! Venue Bee Hive Mill – Manchester Hosted in the loft of a 5 story beautiful Converted old Mill. The mission was to expose Manchester’s Digital great and good to the capabilities of Windows Mobile. … Continue reading →
The End of January is here and that can only mean one thing for the team at F1 “Pre-Staging time” This event for our client requires a complete dress rehearsal before the Live show in 4 weeks time! It began on Monday with shipping kit, un-packing boxes, setting out cables and grabbing a coffee when we could!
Monday Arrived safe and sound (although a bit chilly) to find all tables and power waiting for us just as we requested….. good start!!
9:30 Split into three teams, Power, CAT5 and Fibre and began laying cable.
13:00 Over to Subway for lunch, put the kettle on.
17:00 Headed for the hotel
With this amount of kit it takes us about two days to get all the CAT-5, Power and Fibre cabling in. We then need to test all cable runs, ensuring all desks have power before the PC’s arrive tomorrow. We have some photos from the very beginning and we will be up-dating these all week. Any thoughts on what could be in my crate?