We spoke to a few members of the tech community to understand why they had not attended earlier editions of IoTshow.in or India Electronics Week (IEW). Our aim was to identify the most common reasons and share them with you, so that if you too had similar reasons, you may choose not to attend IoTshow.in. This is what they shared…
1. Technologies like IoT, AI and embedded systems have no future.
Frankly, I have NO interest in new technologies like Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence, etc. I don’t think these will ever take off, or become critical enough to affect my organisation or my career.
2. I see no point in attending tech events.
What’s the point in investing energy and resources to attend such events? I would rather wait and watch—let others take the lead. Why take the initiative to understand new technologies, their impact and business models?
3. My boss does not like me.
My boss is not fond of me and doesn’t really want me to grow professionally. And when she came to know that IEW is an event that can help me advance my career, she cancelled my application to attend it. Thankfully, she is attending the event! Look forward to a holiday at work.
4. I hate innovators!
Oh my! Indian start-ups are planning to give LIVE demonstrations at IEW? I find that hard to believe. Worse, if my boss sees these, he will expect me to create innovative stuff too. I better find a way to keep him from attending.
5. I am way too BUSY.
I am just too busy with my ongoing projects. They just don’t seem to be getting over. Once I catch up, I’ll invest some time in enhancing my knowledge and skills, and figure out how to meet my deadlines.
6. I only like attending vendor events.
Can you imagine an event where most of the speakers are not vendors? Where most talks will not be by people trying to sell their products? How boring! I can’t imagine why anyone would want to attend such an event. I love sales talks, and I am sure everybody else does too. So IEW is a big ‘no-no’ for me.
7. I don’t think I need hands-on knowledge.
I don’t see any value in the tech workshops being organised at IEW. Why would anyone want hands-on knowledge? Isn’t browsing the Net and watching YouTube videos a better alternative?
8. I love my office!
Why do people leave the comfort of their offices and weave through that terrible traffic to attend a technical event? They must be crazy. What’s the big deal in listening to experts or networking with peers? I’d rather enjoy the coffee and the cool comfort of my office, and learn everything by browsing the Net!
9. I prefer foreign events.
While IEW’s IoTshow.in was voted the ‘World’s No.1 IoT event’ on Postscapes.com, I don’t see much value in attending such an event in India—and that, too, one that’s being put together by an Indian organiser. Naah! I would rather attend such an event in Europe.
Hope we’ve managed to convince you NOT to attend IoTshow.in at IEW! Frankly, we too have NO clue why 10,000-plus techies attended IEW last year. Perhaps there’s something about the event that we’ve not figured out yet. But, if we haven’t been able to dissuade you from attending IEW, then you may register at http://register.efy.in.