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July 25th, 2013

From the fringes of fantasy and sci-fi “imagineering” to the center of new, rapidly advancing optics/photonics technologies, the conferences for August 2013 are looking fantastic! Here are two of the most exciting:

Gen Con Indy 2013

Gen-Con-Indy-2013Gen Con Indy 2013, the international “gaming & fantasy” convention, will take over the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IL from August 15-18, 2013. Event organizers always like to give themselves compliments, but when its backers call Gen Con Indy “the original, longest-running, best-attended gaming convention in the world,” they aren’t exaggerating. The event started over 45 years ago, during the era of big and heavy cathode ray tube displays—when an LCD touchscreen monitor rental would have seemed straight out of Star Trek. For those of you exhibiting at this year’s conference, the range of modern technology for promoting your products and services is now simply amazing, and as futuristic as ever, as a review of our own line of trade show convention rentals shows.

Last year there were some 41,000 attendees of Gen Con Indy, and the event has broken attendance records almost every year. Among this number are noted authors and artists, famous actors from cult sci-fi shows, game industry leaders, designers, and developers—wearing costumes, leading workshops, having a blast in the Family Fun Pavilion, previewing the latest games, and getting to as many of the thousands of events as possible. If you’re exhibiting, there’s still time to rent interactive kiosk technology that can capture name and contact information from attendees, as well as showcase your firm. With 70+ contestants vying for the costume award, a life-size 10,000-s.f. “True Dungeon,” a freewheeling auction, a huge fantasy and sci-fi art show, and a film festival, Gen Con Indy 2013 delivers fun, excitement, and opportunity.

SPIE Optics + Photonics 2013

SPIE-Optics-PhotonicsFrom August 25-29, 2013 the San Diego Convention Center will be Ground Zero for SPIE Optics + Photonics 2013. North America’s largest global, multidisciplinary optical sciences and technology conference is your annual opportunity to exchange data, share ideas, get published, and make connections with other professionals. Whether you simply attend, manage a booth, give a presentation, or pursue some combination of activities, CRE is your smart source for that audience response system rental for your session, some laptops or tablets for your conference team—or whatever else you need to make your attendance a success.

This year’s plenary presentations feature 19 world-class experts, while more than 50 workshops, forums, receptions, banquets, student events, and special sessions combine with 41 courses and workshops for a full range of offerings. When you add in all the opportunities in the four major interest areas—NanoScience + Engineering, Solar Energy + Technology, Organic Photonics + Electronics, and Optical Engineering + Applications—there will be more than 3,200 presentations at this event. If you’re giving one, CRE has whatever you might need in the way of meeting technology, including a full line of first-rate audio visual (AV) equipment rentals. There is a special “interactive and informative pavilion” that will feature a 16-game setup for the “Khet” laser game; a telescope display courtesy of the San Diego Astronomy Club, NAOA, and Oceanside Photo & Telescope; new classroom and teaching products; and up-to-date information on the National Photonics Initiative and the International Year Of Light 2015.

A single call to (877) 266-7725, or a simple message, puts you in touch with an experienced Account Executive, who has uniquely effective solutions for all of your business-critical issues. Know what you need? Simply visit the Quick Rental Quote page and take care of business—any time, 24/7/365, including right now. We’re always ready to help!

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