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OFC/NFOEC's Next Home

3:40 PM -- The reaction to OFC/NFOEC moving to downtown Los Angeles next year is decidedly mixed. And by "mixed," I mean: I'm OK with the idea, but pretty much everybody else is disappointed.

Some of it is because of L.A.'s reputation: gang violence, thick traffic, and (probably most importantly) nothing to do downtown.

The city has done something about that last part by, apparently, gentrifying the neighborhood. I haven't seen the area in years, but I glanced at a map being handed out by L.A.'s Bureau of Attracting Tradeshows (or some such group). It showed new commercial developments near the convention center -- things like an ESPN Zone. You could also pick up glossy brochures showing L.A.'s good side.

But nothing is going to change the fact that L.A. isn't San Diego. After three years of holding OFC/NFOEC there, we've fallen in love with the place. You're right on the harbor, there's a convenient outdoor terrace, and the weather is nice even on a chilly evening. All the hotels are in walking distance, and the restaurants are so plentiful that it's not a struggle finding a table.

One person suggested starting a revolution whereby all tradeshows would move to San Diego. I could be on board with that.

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

Mark Sebastyn 12/5/2012 | 4:40:33 PM
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I can't think of one positive reason. It must be a lot cheaper or someone got paid off.

^Eagle^ 12/5/2012 | 4:40:31 PM
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the move to LA is a horrible idea.  Traffic, noise, traffic....


reminds me of the last few years before Supercom died.  A permanent move to Atlanta...a city with traffic, inconvenience, noise....


..., when for many years Supercom thrived by moving to different cities each year.  I miss those days when Supercom AND OFC / NFOEC moved each year, sponsored by the regional baby bells.


Seems to me that trade show organizers should be more concerned about the quality of the experience of the attendees and exhibitors. I predict this move is damaging to OFC/NFOEC and does not turn out positive. 


I think they should do OFC/NFOEC in Austin.


sailboat 

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 4:40:30 PM
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I have to respectfully disagree -- I'll take LA over Anaheim, easy.


About the California thing - I seem to remember hearing years ago that OFC preferred a west coast locale because of the number of researchers attending from Asia. (Not NFOEC, just OFC.)


I think I heard organizers saying they intend to move OFC/NFOEC around, so that 2011 would be outside California.  Heck, I'll just go ask 'em.

tprice5 12/5/2012 | 4:40:30 PM
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Bad idea. I would even prefer Anaheim Convention Center over downtown LA if it has to be moved to CA to help improve the state's economy.

rahat.hussain 12/5/2012 | 4:40:28 PM
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why don't we just boycott the show? i cannot see a reason to move the show out of san diego - the weather was perfect, the restaurants nearby (and not crowded), the bars were great, etc.


what were these guys smoking?


odo <-- who loved the show, but was too stuck in the inner confines to truly enjoy the weather!

HusTigli 12/5/2012 | 4:40:00 PM
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I will join the boycott of LA....

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 4:39:44 PM
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The followup story, w/OFC's calendar through 2014, is here:


OFC/NFOEC Bids Goodbye to San Diego

rahat.hussain 12/5/2012 | 4:39:42 PM
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hi craig,


as the mover and shaker behind the ofc boycott, and an avid reader of all articles matsumoto, i have a request: please sir, may i have my yellow bananas back? i am feeling a little green with my single red cherry.


odo <- who is clearly confused about the mixed color metaphors

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 4:39:41 PM
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Odo - Turns out, the cherry is a higher rank than the bananas. Congratulations, you've made it to the top of the LR message board food chain!


I'm embarrassed to say I'd forgotten that that's how the rankings go.  It's been years since we started them, after all.


Here's the full explanation, to show everyone what they can aspire to:


Message Boards Explained

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 4:39:41 PM
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odo - I think you're completely entitled to have those bananas back, so I'll see what I can do.  I don't have any direct control of the rating system - it's all just algorithms, AFAIK.  Hang in there, and thanks as always for participating!

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