For those that remember last year around this time I came almost straight from Interbike, did some more work travelling, and then turned back around again and then spoke at the ANT+ Symposium. Last year though I had slotted it in between another trip out of the country which left me only 24 hours at the Symposium to take it all in…as well as speak.
This year though I’ll have a bit more time up there – and most importantly – I’ll again be speaking to the whole group of companies (there’s over 300+ companies in the ANT+ alliance).
The list of companies spans a wide range of industries from the sports companies you know and love (Timex, Garmin, CycleOps, FINIS, Wahoo and a gazillion others) – to many you’ve never heard of, primarily because either they are in different fields (i.e. medical)…or they’re secretly working away on the next great thing.
This year (full conference agenda here) I’ll be speaking about what you want. No really, I’ll be talking about what all of you say on a day to day basis. I receive hundreds of e-mails and comments each week regarding products that are either on the marketplace or ones that you want made. I’m taking that feedback and giving it right back to the folks who need to hear it: the companies themselves.
In addition, I’ll also be talking about some of the trends that came out of the ‘What do you want in your ideal sports watch?’ survey that I did back in January. With over a 100 well thought out and written comments there, I’ve already heard of a number of companies that are using the data to make decisions around their new products (and updating existing ones).
What’s cool about the ANT+ Symposium in comparison to Interbike is that it’s largely a different crowd. For example, companies like Garmin send their PR folks to Interbike (as well as a few non-PR folk), whereas at the ANT+ Symposium they just send their engineers. So in the span of a few weeks I get to chat with both sides of the coin.
For companies that don’t attend Interbike (which is most companies that don’t have anything to do with cycling), they tend to include their top division leads as well as their engineers. And in some cases, there’s even organizations coming that aren’t companies at all. I’m really excited about one particular such academia group that I’m slotted to try out their ‘solution’.
Like last year, I’ll have the whole thing recorded as well – but unlike last year I’ll actually get it uploaded (to be fair, I still might actually get last years uploaded now that the YouTube 15 minute limits are gone). And also like last year, I’ll offer the entire PowerPoint presentation for download. I’d love to be able to do some sort of live streaming of my session (since some of you requested it last year) – but I’ve got to still see what’s in the realm of possible there.
So, I have two requests for you. Yes, you.
A) If you’ve got anything in particular that you want shared/asked/pondered/articulated while I’m there – then consider this an open thread to toss ideas out on. I love hearing your ideas, and am always surprised at the number of new ideas I hear on a daily basis. Don’t assume I haven’t heard it before.
B) If you’re going to the ANT+ Symposium (industry) and we haven’t already chatted, please hit me up via e-mail. Last time was crazy busy for the short amount of time I was there and I know I didn’t get to chat with everyone – which I felt bad about. This time I’ve got a bit more time up there and already have a ton of folks lined up (which I’m super excited about).
Thanks for reading and the comments – I really appreciate it! And remember, we’re half-way to Friday…almost there!