Trade Show Professional’s Must Know For Exhibitor Live 2016

Are you in the Trade Show Professional or Corporate Event Planner and on the fence about the need to further your knowledge of the industry? Or, have you been wondering when to take the time out of your busy scheduled to simply take a break and make some new contacts?

If so, this is the year. Because, according to American Express Meetings & Events  “2016 points to an increase in all meeting types in North America, further fueling the increased activity witnessed in 2015.”

And this is the show! ExhibitorLive 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada! The “Professional’s Trade Show for Trade Show People!”

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The Top 10 Technology Events For 2016

Are you looking for an event for you and your business to head to in 2016? 2016 will be filled with tons of tech conferences and conventions that it could be overwhelming to find the right one to go to. If you are looking for an event that can help you and your company address challenges in both business and technology while also offering insight into security, software development, and gamification. Some of these events even focus on the contributions of women in technology, which is really awesome! Check out this list of the Top 10 Tech Conferences that you should check out in 2016!


ITEXPO has a little something for everyone. Whether you’re a service provider, reseller, VAR, large enterprise, SMB, or a C-level executive ITEXPO is the event for you. ITEXPO offers two different events every year in the United States, one on the East Coast and one on the West Coast. ITEXPO East will take place from January 25th through January 28th in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and ITEXPO West will take place from October 5th through the 8th at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Interop Las Vegas

This is one of the oldest tech conferences around and has transformed from an event focused on pure technology to one that embraces business and DevOps trends. This conference is particularly liked by tech professionals in middle and upper management, including CIOs, Vice Presidents of IT, infrastructure, and software development managers, and networking and system administrators. Interop Las Vegas 2016 is scheduled for May 2nd through the 6th at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

Blackhat U.S. 

Black Hat’s event is very technical and has become increasingly more relevant on the global information security level. The event has been going on for over 15 years and offers insight into the latest information security research, development, tools, and trends in a vendor-neutral environment. Blackhat U.S. is the best event for security practitioners, C-level executives interested in security and security applications and technology, business developers, recruiters, and venture capitalists. Blackhat U.S. 2016 will take place from July 30th to August 4th at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing 2016 is the largest gathering of women technologists in the world. The event is named after Navy Admiral Grace Murray Hopper and is produced and sponsored by the Anita Borg Institute and the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). The goal of this conference is to increase the visibility of women in the technology field. It offers mentoring, collaboration, and inspiration to attendees from every area of the IT industry. The 2016 event will be held in Houston, Texas from October 19th through October 21st.

ERE Recruiting Conference

The ERE Recruiting Conference may not be specifically aimed at the IT industry though any leader that is dealing with talent acquisition challenges is benefit from attending the ERE Recruiting Conference. This event features talent acquisition leaders like John “Coach Bru” Brubaker and the Director for Talent Acquisition at Charles Schwab. In addition to that, attendees will also get a 20-minute Talent Acquisition Development (TAD) talk on talent challenges and small-group networking and problem-solving sessions. The 2016 ERE Recruiting Conference will take place from April 6th to the 8th in Las Vegas.


QCon is an event designed to empower software development professionals by encouraging them to share knowledge, expertise, and facilitating community. QCon is a series of global conferences that focuses on the needs of tech team leads, architects, developers, and project managers that use software to influence and innovate. QCon 2016 will take place in New York City from June 13th through the 17th and in London from March 7th through the 11th.


GOTO is the event and workshop for developers by developers. The emphasis on this event is placed on presenting the latest industry and technology developments as they become relevant and interesting for the software development community. Topics at the event focus on things like Java, Testing, Distributed Systems, Data Science, Agile, JavaScript, Trends, Architecture, Languages, and Security. The 2016 event will take place at the Westin Chicago River North in Chicago, Illinois from May 23rd through May 26th.

Gartner ITxpo

Gartner ITxpo is an ITxpo and symposium from research and consulting firm Gartner that is aimed specifically towards the needs and concerns of forward-thinking, innovative CIOs and executive leaders. Analysts from Gartner and exhibitors at the event focus on things like cutting-edge technology and the latest thinking on the intersection of business and technology, in addition to how to innovate and succeed in the digital era. There truly is something for everyone at this event. The 2016 ITxpo will take place from October 16th through October 20th in Orlando, Florida.

HMG Strategy CIO

HMG Strategy is dedicated to helping CIOs become transformational executives and leaders and the company’s one-day CIO summits focus on providing CIOs with the leadership strategies, resources, and services they need to make the connections needed to accelerate a career. The one-day summits take place all over the United States with the first one taking place in Palo Alto, California on Thursday, January 14th.


E3, or the Electronic Entertainment Expo, is the mecca of conferences for anyone interested in gaming, gamification, and the intersection of technology and entertainment. At E3, leading-edge companies, groundbreaking new technologies, and never-before-seen products are all on-hand while tech leaders connect with new and existing partners and get exposure to emerging markets. E3 2016 will take place from June 14th through the 16th in Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Which Will You Choose?

These are but a handful of the tech events coming to the states in 2016. All of them have something unique to offer and all of them can be a huge benefit to both you and your company. If you are in the tech industry or are a technical professional then these are the events you definitely don’t want to miss out on!

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IAEE’s Expo! Expo! 2015 At The Baltimore Convention Center

IAEE’s annual Expo! Expo! meeting and exhibition is set to take place at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland from December 1st through the 3rd. Attendees will have access to more than 50 education sessions planned on and off the show floor. In addition to that, networking opportunities for every demographic and the most diverse marketplace on any show floor.

One of the new features at this year’s event is Connect. This allows you to connect (clever, right?) with your best matches seamlessly while also incorporating effective networking before, during, and after the event.

The Hosted Buyer Program takes advantage of the diverse marketplace on the show floor. This model has become very popular over the years and assists with driving and increasing organizer attendance while creating more value for exhibitors. The program includes:

  • Full registration to IAEE Expo! Expo! 2015 – valued at $1,029 (regular member rate) which includes access to all educational sessions, general sessions, Opening Reception, Annual Luncheon, Closing Party, and exhibit hours (excludes CEM Courses).
  • Up to $500 to assist with travel costs (paid after event upon completion of onsite commitments and receipt submission)
  • Access to the hosted buyer lounge (complimentary refreshments and WiFi)
  • Complimentary hosted buyer reception on Wednesday, December 2nd at 5:00 pm ET)

Qualifications for applying include 1.) Being a new IAEE Member as of January 1st, 2015 or an Active Member who has not attended Expo! Expo! since 2011, 2.) Being an event or exhibition organizer, and 3.) You must be a decision maker for organizations’ events and/or exhibitions. Full terms and conditions can be found here.

The location of the event is just another reason for you to attend. The city of Baltimore, known as the Charm City, is packed with vibrant history, a beautiful harbor, quirky and distinct neighborhoods, unique museums, and a lot more! Expo! Expo! will take place at the Baltimore Convention Center from December 1st through December 3rd! Register now here.

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BlizzCon 2015 Is Happening In Anaheim

BlizzCon 2015World of Warcraft players are going to be pretty busy over the next month. Of course, the most important thing that will keep them busy is BlizzCon 2015, Blizzard’s annual convention for everything the company has to offer. This year’s event will take place November 6th and 7th at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.

Blizzard always makes BlizzCon an extravaganza and this year’s event will be no different. Linkin Park will be the entertainment for this convention while Murkidan, murloc Illidan is the World of Warcraft item. In addition to that, World of Warcraft players and fans will be able to see the world premiere trailer for the World of Warcraft movie. Some images of the film have hit the internet and fans are buzzing about the full trailer.

There are also some in-game events that WoW players can participate in. Day of the Dead is currently going on (it ends November 3rd), which allows you to purchase Orange Marigolds from Chapman and use them, which will allow you to see otherwise invisible spirits waiting in graveyards. Darkmoon Faire has returned and goes until November 7th. This is a good time to test your speed and agility on racing mounts and your best opportunity to achieve heirloom gear. The Pilgrim’s Bounty will run from November 23rd until November 30th and will allow you to reflect on your journeys and good fortune while also sharing food and stories with other players. November 23rd is also the 11th anniversary of the game.

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Bonus events include:

  • Draenor Dungeon Bonus Event – November 4th – 9th
  • Pet Battle Bonus Event – November 11th – 16th
  • Burning Crusade Bonus Event – November 18th – 23rd
  • Apexis Bonus Event – November 25th – 30th

While WoW is definitely the focus of BlizzCon 2015 you can expect to see information and reveals about Blizzard’s other big name products, including StarCraft. There will undoubtedly be a lot of information about the third and final chapter of the StarCraft 2 series Legacy of the Void, which focuses on the game’s mighty Protoss race. BlizzCon will be taking off this weekend and there’s something for every Blizzard fan to enjoy!

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Planning Team Building Retreats – Step By Step

It’s that time of year again people. Time to start planning or thinking about your team building retreat. Q4 is rapidly approaching, which means its time to for you and your company to take a moment and see where you are. Time to map out your plan for the next quarter and see if corrections need to be made. However, regardless of how well or not your company is doing, a team building retreat is the perfect way to achieve some good goals. Just make sure you follow these tips and plan a team building retreat that adds value.

  1. Objectives must be specific and clear.
  2. An internal or external facilitator is necessary.
  3. Participant profiles and learning style surveys can help crowdsource content.
  4. Ask participants to reserve tentative dates.
  5. Make sure the content that will be covered is clear.
  6. Establish a solid timeframe.
  7. Make the theme realistic and one that reflects your goals and objectives.
  8. Pick a good venue. Retreats can be in town or out of town and they don’t always need to involve going off-site to a resort or hotel. If budgets are tight then an on-site retreat is perfect. Other affordable retreat strategies include: a meeting room at another branch of your company. A meeting room at the office of a supplier. A public library or museum function room. A banquet hall during business hours or on weekdays. A community center. A church hall during the week. A summer camp in the off-season. A chalet or other meeting facility at a conservation area. An inn or small boutique hotel in a suburb or small town. A vacation home of a member of the executive team. A school, college, or university on a day when there are little or no classes.
  9. Communicate clearly the dates and times you are aiming for.
  10. Have your facilitator prepare and executive briefing for the team that deals with the focus of the retreat. The executive can even add a review of performance date and the goals that you need to achieve in Q4.
  11. Participant material should be designed by the facilitator and he or she should get approval and sign-off from the executive sponsor.
  12. Plan on having food or catering.
  13. Your retreat should include things like: An executive briefing that brings together team building and organizational realities. A team briefing to set the stage for the retreat. Some team building exercises. Team bonding activities. A debriefing. Business applications exercises.
  14. Mid-course corrections are important.
  15. A post-mortem report should definitely be conducted.

I know that team building retreats sound like a nightmare sometimes. You see these people 5 days a week and the last thing some of us want to do is spend a lot of time with our colleagues outside of work. However, team building retreats are critical to having a productive work environment and a successful workflow. Organizing something like this isn’t easy and it takes just as much time and effort to organize a team building retreat as the retreat itself. But in the end, if you can accomplish some good goals, get on a good track, and go into the next quarter with a clear understanding of what needs to be done by you, your company, and your employees then it will all be worth it!

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SIGGRAPH Conference Reveals New Augmented Reality Apps From Epson

Epson's New AR Glasses on Display at SIGGRAPHEarlier this month at SIGGRAPH 2015 Epson America, one of the exhibitors, was showing off new consumer and enterprise applications. At SIGGRAPH, which ran August 11-13 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California, Epson showed off its apps for its Moverio BT-200 augmented reality smart glasses.

Before the event the company said, “Sean McCracken, an award-winning augmented reality smart glasses app developer and CEO of Imaginary Computer, will host a variety of tutorials that will provide attendees an up-close look at how he develops his ground-breaking augmented reality applications on the Moverio platform.”

The demos also showed off their “Mixed Reality VR/AR.” McCracken showcased his Maelstrom and AR-Man apps that “allow users to literally walk through and interact with a digital world via the Moverio’s transparent display.”

Other demos were the Medical Device Training, an AR Character Board Game app that helps train medical staff on new devices. Also, Drone Applications that include a new HDMI input solution from Colorado Video that allows inspire 1 DJI drone pilots to see what the drone is seeing on the Moverio BT-200 while still being able to maintain a clear line of sight were also on display.

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Eric Mizufuka, product manager, New Ventures for Epson America says, “The variety of AR experiences and applications on the Moverio platform continues to rapidly expand and we’re eager to share the latest innovations at Siggraph 2015. From drones to training, to gaming and beyond, developers are creating the future of augmented reality on the Moverio platform.”

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SMRP 2015 Annual Conference

Technology seems to be at the forefront of everything we do. It helps us conduct business on a daily basis, as well as helps us communicate. We are on our smartphones and laptops sending and receiving information every second of every day, it seems like. With newer technologies emerging almost daily, and certain business practices being dependent on the resilience of technology and software, it’s important to keep up on what makes them tick. Not many people ever really think of the maintenance, processes, and procedures that are involved with the tech that we use. It’s not even just limited to the technology, but also directly involves the processes and procedures of those working to improve the maintenance and reliability.

That is where SMRP and their Annual Conference come into play!

Are you unfamiliar wit the SMRP? If you are, the Society for Maintenance & Reliability Professionals (SMRP) is a nonprofit professional society formed by practitioners to advance the reliability and physical asset management industry and to create leaders in the field. SMRP is renowned for providing unparalleled value for individual practitioners looking to expand their knowledge and skills in maintenance and reliability and build more business connections with other practitioners. SMRP is the premier asset management resource for companies looking to improve their processes and procedures.

SMRP takes pride in providing ANSI-accredited certification programs to validate the skills of practitioners. Naturally, this gives them an edge when applying for jobs in maintenance and reliability.

SMRP has their Annual Conference on the way, so mark your calendars for October 12–15, 2015 as Christopher Mears, the chair of the 2015 Annual Conference is highly anticipating this year’s event.

Mears understands that each year, the physical asset management and maintenance & reliability profession are constant. Mears claims that this event is designed to help prepare those involved for where this industry is headed, as well as expand on career opportunities. Much like most conferences in this particular field, it will host many different workshops, countless networking opportunities, and a plethora of information delivered by some of the best officials in the industry. Expect to see executives, technicians, professionals, and educators alike form long-lasting business relationships through track sessions, facility tours, workshops, and basic all-around networking. This year’s event won’t be short any amazing speakers either.

At the 2015 SMRP Annual Conference, expect to see Cam Marston, a Multi-Generational Relations and Workplace Communications Expert, and Ricky Smith, a Reliability Solutions Advisor. Opening this year’s event with his keynote speech will be Cam Marston. Now Cam is the leading expert on the impact of generational change and its impact on the marketplace. Being that Marston is a columnist, blogger, and author, to name a few, he has a direct understanding of how different generations and demographics are changing business. Smith, who will be conducting the closing keynote speech, has 30 years of experience in this industry. Through his knowledge, he has been able to transition different organizations into more proactive businesses by lowering costs in asset reliability.

To go along with these two incredible keynote speakers, there will be over 50 track sessions with experts covering business management, manufacturing process reliability, equipment reliability organization and leadership, work management, and physical asset management. Also, you will be a part of hands-on workshops from industry leaders on the latest maintenance and reliability technology and trends to aid you in asset management and organizational improvements. We can’t forget about the Exciting tours of local manufacturing plants and state-of-the-art facilities in Cincinnati.

While you’re attending this year’s event at the Cincinnati Duke Energy Center, located at 525 Elm St. Cincinnati, OH 45202, be sure to check out all of the wonderful attractions in the city! Go check out a Bengals game. If baseball is more your thing, then be sure to get tickets for a Reds game. Enjoy a meal at many of the locally owned eateries, or Cincinnati’s own Skyline Chili. Your visit to the Duke Energy Center doesn’t have to be all business. Come enjoy the 2015 SMRP Annual Conference this year, and enjoy the spirit of Cincinnati while you’re here!

For more information on the 2015 SMRP Annual Conference visit the event’s website!

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Successful Trade Show Secrets

Any company that has ever tried to move any sort of product can tell you one thing: marketing is key! Just about every company out there can agree that marketing is one of the most, if not the most, essential aspect of increasing sales. We see marketing every day through social media, YouTube ads before videos, and in the magazines we pick up to read in the grocery store. What most people don’t see being a key marketing factor are trade shows and conventions. A convention can be just as beneficial to a company as a good commercial, but that’s also dependent on whether or not the company’s booth can bring in traffic.

When you’re gearing up for a trade show or convention, making sure your booth is appealing and accurately shows off your product and/or service(s) is the key to having a successful time. When at a trade show, there will be plenty of other vendors showing off their products and services. Make sure that your booth stands out from the crowd. These conventions are basically fierce competitions. What your company is offering potential clients may not be enough to bring in those passing by. Naturally there are many different mitigating factors that can play a huge part in your company’s success at a trade show.

So what are some of the ways that you can help increase booth traffic at your next trade show?

Take a second to think about before the trade show even begins. Why not try to get ahead of the crowd and contact the registered attendees? Most trade show organizers will happily give you a list of the registered attendees of the upcoming event, so why not take advantage? By contacting these potential customers before the trade show even takes place, you’ll be able to build buzz upon your brand and your booth early, thus guaranteeing early traffic. Emails are naturally the fasted way to go, but there’s nothing wrong with a good ol’ fashioned postcard or letter in the mail. You get to avoid the spam filter and having an oddly colored or oddly shaped postcard in the mail will definitely stand out from the standard white envelope bill.

Offer some sort of incentive at your booth. If there is anything I’ve personally learned from attending conventions and trade shows, it’s that people love anything that’s free. By giving away free samples of some of your best-selling products, or some other type of free swag that represents your company, you will easily gain more traffic at your booth. People will be guaranteed to come back. Naturally, if your booth is crowded or sees that you’re offering something for free, they will stop to see what you’re all about. The free items don’t even need to be something directly from your company. They can be anything from the typical pen to a frisbee or a keychain. Everyone loves free!

Why not looking into making your booth a bit more of a relaxing place for your potential clients. Why not add a charging station to your booth. We all know how attached people are to their mobile devices these days, whether that be a smartphone, tablet, or laptop, so why not cash in on that? If you offer something like a bottle of water, a chair, and a charging station, you can be sure that your booth will be seeing an influx of traffic. When your potential clients are in a more relaxed environment, they’ll be much more likely to sit and listen to what your company has to offer.

Make your booth eye-catching as well! Having monitor displays set up to show off a hype reel of what your company is offering can definitely catch people’s attention. There is also the option of getting a beautiful backdrop display showcasing your product. Why not add a small competition or game to your booth and offer a product directly from your company as the prize? People like free and people like winning!

There are nearly endless possibilities that you can use to your booth more successful at your next trade show. Use these ideas as a guide and think of more on your own to make sure that your booth is generating the most traffic at your next event!

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Silicon Valley to Host Global Mobile Internet Conference 2015

The 2015 Global Mobile Internet Conference is heading back to Silicon Valley, according to event organizers. The Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC), for those not familiar, is an event that aims to connect people and companies that innovate the mobile industry for a conference that explores the changing landscape of mobile technology.

Being that this is a global event, attendees can expect executives from companies all over the world. If previous events are any inclination, it is expected that companies from dozens of different countries will be in attendance at this year’s event, which takes place from September 28th through September 30th.

The 2015 event marks the fourth consecutive year of GMIC and in that short time, the event has created quite the reputation. Global Mobile Internet Conference is one of the only US conferences that highlights the impact of Asia on the mobile industry, an industry that is advancing at a rapid pace.

According to event organizers, this year’s conference will include new conference tracks that focus on emerging mobile technologies as well as a startup competition that will showcase high-potential mobile startups to an international investor community. This is a huge opportunity for startups that would otherwise not be able to meet these kinds of investors.

There are a ton of speakers set to present at this year’s event from programs that include:

  • Thought Leader
  • Big Data
  • IoT & Wearables
  • Mobile Security & Enterprise
  • Mobile Marketing & Growth
  • Disrupting Diversity in Tech Summit
  • Global Games Summit
  • Global Robotics Summit
  • AppSpace
  • G-Startup

Notable speakers include AltSchool Founder and CEO Max Ventilla, Poshmark Founder and CEO Manish Chandra, App Annie SVP of Research and Analysis Danielle Levitas and GGV Capital Managing Partner Jenny Lee.

Interested in the G-Startup competition? Like I mentioned earlier, the G-Startup competition is the global platform for innovative mobile internet start-ups as well as the leading launch pad that connects them to a wide range of international investors, allowing them to see growth and success on a global scale. And the prizes are pretty awesome too.

Top 20 Applicants

  • Two complimentary Gold conference passes ($999 value USD)
  • One complimentary demo booth on the Expo floor ($1,500 value USD)
  • Connect with leading VCs, seasoned entrepreneurs and industry peers
  • Company name and product logo listed on G-Startup webpage
  • PR and Promotion: Through regular newsletters to thousands of industry stakeholders and investors, and social media outreach

Top 10 Finalists

  • All the benefits from Top 20 plus:
  • Pitch and demo on stage in competition semi-finals
  • Participate in Pitch Camp training and receive 1:1 mentorship by leading venture capitalists and investors

Top 3 Finalists

  • Everything above plus:
  • Participate in final pitch on Thought Leader stage


  • GMIC Grand Prize
  • Special Award from Sponsor
  • Demo Booth at GMIC Beijing 2016 ($1,500 value USD)
  • Two complimentary Gold conference passes to attend GMIC Beijing 2016 ($1,500 value USD)
  • Round trip airfare (up to $1,200 USD) to Beijing and 3 nights hotel accommodation to attend GMIC Beijing 2016 for one representative from your company

Sponsored Prize

  • $1,000 worth of credits each month for 12 months for any SoftLayer server or service for Top 20 Finalists
  • $2,000 worth of credits each month for 12 months for any SoftLayer server or service for Top 3 Finalists
  • $10,000 worth of credits each month for 12 months for any SoftLayer server or service for Grand Prize Winner

Visit the event’s website to register today. Early registration has already expired, but you can still get Expo Plus Passes for $69, Main Conference Passes for $499 or VIP All Access Passes for $1,499.

The event takes place September 29th through September 30th at they Hyatt Regency in San Francisco, California. Other cities where this event can be found include Beijing, New York, Tokyo, Jakarta, Bangalore, São Paulo and Taipei.

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The Great American Beer Festival 2015

The Great American Beer Festival is the premier beer festival and competition in the United States. Every year the Great American Beer Festival brings together the largest collection of U.S. beer ever served.

The event has both a public tasting event as well as a private competition. In addition to that, this event also brings together all the different brewers and their beers that make the United States one of the world’s greatest brewing nations.

Brewers from all over the United States come to this event to show off their beers and battle the competition for beer supremacy! The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) will be on-hand, allowing new and experienced homebrewers to connect to the national homebrewing community and all the resources homebrewers could possibly want.

The Brewpub Pavilion is located in the central area of the festival hall and features 36 breweries representing all regions of the country. This is a great way to celebrate the growing tradition of locally brewed beers along with the over 40% of the 3,000 U.S. breweries that are considered brewpubs!

The American Cheese Society (ACS) is the leading organization supporting the understanding, appreciation and promotion of American artisan, farmstead, and specialty cheeses. Each October the ACS organizes American Cheese Month, a nationwide celebration of America’s delicious and diverse cheeses along with the farmers, cheesemakers, retailers and chefs who bring them to you.

The Great American Beer Festival was founded in 1982 and has been growing right along with the American craft brewing industry ever since. This year’s event takes place at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver and runs from Thursday, September 24 until Saturday, September 26, 2015. If you want tickets well, you’re out of luck as the event sold out in only 2 hours of making tickets available!

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