PCB West 2018 Draws a Crowd of Designers and Technologists
Last week, the I-Connect007 team attended UP Media Group’s PCB West 2018 Conference and Exhibition. I have been attending this event for many years, and every year the show is better than the year before. This year was no exception.
Held in the heart of Silicon Valley, this Santa Clara-based event comprised more than 65 presentations for attendees to choose from. After the sessions wrapped up on the first day, UPMG celebrated the exhibitors and speakers by hosting a beautiful evening on the patio, with great food, beverages, and lively conversation.
This is where I had the chance to catch up with UPMG founder Pete Waddell. Like most people in the design community, I have known Pete for years. We discussed his team’s success with the event, and Pete shared some great stories about his newest interest: learning to sail his 30-foot sailboat Double Diamond in Florida.
Of course, Frances Stewart, a long-time leader at UPMG, took great care of her guests and customers.
Frances was accessible to her guests throughout the event, answering questions, working on details and making announcements. She was everywhere, and it’s easy to see that she is dedicated to making this event the best that it can be.
One thing that I really like about PCB West is the fact the exhibition is only one day. From 10:30 am until the evening hours, the exhibit floor tends to stay active. This year, the floor seemed particularly busy.
I heard a lot of positive feedback from exhibitors and attendees alike; everyone was very pleased with the turnout and the show overall.
During the lunch hour, a boxed lunch is served, which allows attendees to stay on the floor and maximize their time visiting the 100-plus exhibitors. To further assist attendees in getting the most out of the event, UPMG offered a PCB West 2018 mobile app, a handy planning tool.
If you haven’t had the chance to participate in this event, I suggest you make a point to attend PCB West 2019. Whether you come for a keynote session, a class, the exhibits or just to catch up with old friends, it will be well worth your time.