NFOEC in Pictures

If you got a weird vibe attending NFOEC this year, you weren't alone. There's bound to be some uneasiness when a timid and shell-shocked industry holds a trade show in a state that's all about heat, swagger, and sidearms.

But, peculiar as it was, NFOEC held forth in Texas this week, and Light Reading was there to point a camera at it. On the show floor, exhibiting companies put their best foot forward, though you just know that behind the scenes they were squeezing every dollar until George Washington turned blue.

At The Green Room in Deep Ellum, Light Reading turned telecom industry lemons into hard lemonade, beer, wine, and other assorted libations while noshing on chicken skewers, quesadillas, and portabella bruschetta. Sadly, several partygoers turned down free Crown Royal shots, so the chances of someone wandering off to get an embarrassing tattoo (or of a VC agreeing to fund another telecom equipment startup) were greatly diminished.

Okay, enough yammering. Here are the pictures:

On a Monday night, Elm Street is as empty as a banker's heart.

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rafaelg 12/4/2012 | 9:44:33 PM
re: NFOEC in Pictures How can anyone turn those down?
edzed 12/4/2012 | 9:44:29 PM
re: NFOEC in Pictures If you got in using a press pass, you paid $0.00 to get in.

This is the same zine that documented the decline of an industry that gave away bandwidth.

Welcome to the club, LightReading. The party has been over for the rest of us for some time.

Sorry about your long walk, though. (I was at the show. It really WAS a long way).

Ed Z
Xiang_Qi 12/4/2012 | 9:44:28 PM
re: NFOEC in Pictures I was actually surprised at the foot traffic on Wednesday. Good customer interactions right up until the end. In general, I feel that recent trade shows are not a good indication of activity. There is a lot of work being done by telephone/email and personal visits that the show doesn't reflect. Perhaps trade shows are not as needed in the new internet global world?
simontemplar 12/4/2012 | 9:44:22 PM
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Does anyone know if Paul Harrison ever missed a party at a trade show?

Everytime you post pics he is there.

lumos 12/4/2012 | 9:44:17 PM
re: NFOEC in Pictures The pictures show what level our industry has descended to when these are the best pics you can come up with.

What about the NEC booth babes, the VPI orange-shoes, the guys with D.O.R.C. proudly wearing shirts with that logo on them (no, its with a 'C' stupid), the 'kewl' guy with shades and Matrix soundtrack.

Upon reflection, I guess it was boring.
whyiswhy 12/4/2012 | 9:44:07 PM
re: NFOEC in Pictures Overall impression: The show was bland, the food was bland, even the weather was bland. Big B bland in big D Dallas.

Starters: How about the warning given out on the bus ride to Avis counter about West Nile Virus and staying inside after sunset / wearing bug repellant?

The show: Lovely Texas belles with mothers great looks and Dad's big feet. Did like the orange shoes, though didn't catch the logo. Folding chairs traded for booth trinkets at Aurora were hot.

The food: Texas beer? There ought to be a law banning interstate trafficing: write your congress person. Best thing was open bar at 5:30...should have been a hour earlier.

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