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Captplaid
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Posted - 04/10/2013 :  01:07:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is having a trade show in Chicago next month. It's ridiculously expensive to buy a ticket. Just curious how hard is it to crash a trade show?

Figuring you can print their logo put a name on it and slide it into a plastic sleeve.

No not planning any mischief yet. Just curious and would like to speak to some wind companies, vendors and get a feel for the industry.

I'm guessing it's a trade show. How strict can they possible be on people walking around the vendor booths.

I'd be curious how the industry is perceiving a transmission company. Is the industry seeing them as a joke who doesn't have a prayer or well respected.

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Edited by - Captplaid on 04/10/2013 01:21:42 AM

JnRockwall
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Posted - 04/10/2013 :  01:09:19 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
grab a pizza and hit the door looking for booth 8

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rscoleman88
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Posted - 04/10/2013 :  01:15:32 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Crash one?! I've never even driven one!
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calrugerfan
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Posted - 04/10/2013 :  01:17:23 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Most of the INSURANCE trade shows that I've been to are not very "secure." Just act like you belong and you'll probably be fine.

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Captplaid
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Posted - 04/10/2013 :  01:23:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by calrugerfan

Most of the INSURANCE trade shows that I've been to are not very "secure." Just act like you belong and you'll probably be fine.



exactly what I was thinking.

It's a safe bet Clean Line Energy would be there. (powerline company) They are trying hard to look legitimate and are attempting to position themselves as the powerline to windmills.

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Edited by - Captplaid on 04/10/2013 01:27:26 AM
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cnsay
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Posted - 04/10/2013 :  04:38:23 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have gone to some that you have to have a proper registration to get a badge printed and at the end of the badge printing line there are security staff checking to see you have a badge. If they are charging for entry it is likely they will have some sort of security to ensure you pay or don't enter.



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select-fire
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Posted - 04/10/2013 :  08:15:05 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh come on.. it is easy. Just find someone going in, offer them some money or a free lunch and you are their guest.
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JohnnyBGood
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Posted - 04/10/2013 :  08:18:13 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Captplaid

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is having a trade show in Chicago next month.



I would think just wear an Obama t-shirt and you're in

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beantownshootah
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Posted - 04/10/2013 :  08:46:36 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've been to a few of these and it depends entirely on the show.

Some of these things you can just walk in, some you can't.

I have to believe that security at the "American wind energy association" show isn't exactly going to be "tight", but you never know. If the tickets really are ridiculously expensive, you can bet your shoes that there will be someone at the door checking to make sure people actually have them.

It wasn't a trade show, per se, but one time I crashed an exclusive event at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. It was an invitation only opening of their new guitar exhibit, and the rock band Boston was there, BB King, etc.

What I did was just put on an expensive suit, with a guitar-themed tie I happened to own, and walked right in like I owned the place. Security just glanced at me for a second and let me right through.

My dad told me that when he was in high school one of his friends used to do this routinely to get into sporting events without a ticket. He'd dress smart, walk right up to the gatekeepers, say "good evening gentlemen" and walk right through as if he were a team manager or other VIP. Assuming he was, they'd always let him right through without question.

That was a different era (ie pre electronic tickets, pre 9-11, etc), but I think the approach is still valid. Most of the (low paid, untrained) "gatekeepers" in this sort of situation would rather just let someone through than create some sort of incident or possible verbal confrontation.

One other approach not mentioned above is just show up a bit late (like at lunchtime), wait for someone LEAVING the conference and then ask them if you can have their ticket stub/ID. I think most people would happily give it to you, but a little bribe (can I have it for $20?) won't hurt.

Edited by - beantownshootah on 04/10/2013 08:46:51 AM
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skicat
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Posted - 04/10/2013 :  09:46:40 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
or you could just pony up the money for a ticket and spend your time talking to the industry professionals of your choice.....

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forgemonkey
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Posted - 04/10/2013 :  09:50:19 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)


All ya need is one of those 'beanie hats' with a propeller on top and yer good to go !!!!!

Edited by - forgemonkey on 04/10/2013 09:51:40 AM
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dennisnielsen
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Posted - 04/10/2013 :  10:52:31 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
chicago is so full of s hot wind
the props would blow off the generators
before they could steal them
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LaidbackDan
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Posted - 04/10/2013 :  11:28:53 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That would be a great place to take some whoopee cushions


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Riomouse911
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Posted - 04/10/2013 :  11:33:54 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I used to get into shows like that all the time. Dress smart, then look like you belonged there (super confident) or you can try by looking like you are trying to find someone inside (select a vendor who is in but across the floor). All they can say is "No."
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gearheaddad
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Posted - 04/10/2013 :  11:42:56 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Another move is to have a bouquet of flowers.
Delivery man!
Just have a card made out attached the bouquet with a ladies name and a Company name on the outside of the envelope.....

I just looked at their websight. It looks like you can buy a ticket for $100.00 or so........How important is it to you to get in?

My Grandpa always said "sounds like too much thinking, why don't you try aiming!"

Edited by - gearheaddad on 04/10/2013 11:49:13 AM
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dakotashooter2
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Posted - 04/10/2013 :  12:55:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Roll up a few large pieces of paper to look like plans and grab a briefcase...........As you walk up, cell phone to your ear, loudly state in a slightly paniced voice, "I'm at the door now" and walk through.

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us55840
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Posted - 04/10/2013 :  2:21:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by cnsay

I have gone to some that you have to have a proper registration to get a badge printed and at the end of the badge printing line there are security staff checking to see you have a badge. If they are charging for entry it is likely they will have some sort of security to ensure you pay or don't enter.



DITTO ....... entry was very tight at those I've attended.



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rambo rebel
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Posted - 04/10/2013 :  3:52:04 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'd try to find a vendor I was interested in talking to or a local vendor and call them and ask for a ticket. they all get extras usually. offer to come at lunch time and take them a pizza of their choice. get their cell # in case you get held up at the door.

I thought I was wrong once, but I was mistaken;>)
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CaptFun
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Posted - 04/10/2013 :  5:58:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Back 15 yrs ago, I was attending an AWWA conference in New Orleans, and was bringing my family with me so we could go to the aquarium and the zoo. I scanned my badge and photoshopped up extra some badges for my family and printed them on the color laser on card stock. That show also included 4 or 5 drink tickets with each badge. I must have printed 500 of those and shared them with all my friends from other companies.

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asop
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Posted - 04/10/2013 :  7:09:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Why would you want to do a thing like that and on top of it drive to CHICAGO
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