Thursday, 10 July 2014
Accountex 2014 My Experience Part 1
On Thursday the 15th May myself and my colleague Rich visited London for the day to attend the business show 2014 which itself involved many shows, but most importantly for us Accountex! A simple easy drive down to London was to be welcomed by us both as we arose at 5.30am to get ready to start the journey down there.
We arrived in London at the excel arena (never been before, must say a very impressive building) and our day began, we managed to park just down the road so after sorting the car out we made the walk to the arena to start having a look around before our first seminar started at 11am. We approached the steps to the doors to find the place already absolutely full of people and buzzing with atmosphere!
We walked in the main doors and approached the ticket bay to have our passes scanned for entry, as we approached we saw motivational speaker and author Brad Burton so that immediately set us on the track of finding out if and when he was doing a seminar that day so we would be able to attend (which we later did!) so with that pencilled in and passes scanned we headed towards the entrance to Accountex to begin our day!
First Look At Accountex
We spent the first hour or so having a general look around and speaking to the various professionals on each stand, which for a first timer like me was really interesting! After just half an hour of wondering around I began to feel like a pack mule from how much promotional produce I had already acquired!
These products included a variety of things from a light bulb shaped stress ball to some real funky M&M's with a company's logo on each individual chocolate. And apart from the Xero stuff I got later on in the day these ended up being my favourite thing id acquired all day from the stands (easily amused I know!).
By this time we were ready for our first seminar which was with Microsoft's Ex Head of Marketing about the way technology is changing business and how it has changed it and will constantly continue to change it!
We got some rather interesting look ins on some brand new technology, one example were Google Smart contact lenses which are in clinical trials now and has been designed to read the blood sugar levels from diabetics teardrops and alert them when and if they need more or less sugar, the initial design I have to say was rather ugly but never the less absolutely amazing to hear how far we have come, considering twenty years ago we didn't even have the internet! So overall was really impressed with this seminar and left feeling like I had seen and heard about technology I never thought would exist which was extremely cool.