February has three major conferences of interest to our readers, covering topics as diverse as biophotonics, lasers, concrete, construction, and new cars (okay, trucks, too). Economic indicators are always hard to read, but if, in fact, the economy is recovering, attendance should be healthy at the leading conferences that are coming up. There are certainly some exciting developments afoot, so we’re looking forward to the conferences, conventions and expos of 2013! Here’s what’s coming your way in February:
SPIE Photonics West 2013 — It’s the world’s premier conference for high-power lasers, biophotonics, biomedical optics, optoelectronics, and green photonics, and this year’s SPIE Photonics West comprises two complete exhibitions at San Francisco’s Moscone Center from February 2-7. The BiOS Expo (Feb. 2-3) is now the world’s biggest biomedical optics and biophotonics exhibition, selling out in 2012 with some 215 exhibitors. The Photonics West Exhibition (Feb. 5-7), the flagship event of the global photonics industry, also sold out last year with 1,200+ companies. If you’re going, CRE can handle last-minute requests from exhibitors for plasma display rentals and A/V equipment, as well as serve attendees by putting our iPad rentals in the hands of as many folks as need them.
World of Concrete 2013 — From February 5-8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the World of Concrete 2013 brings to town the only annual, international gathering of the commercial concrete and masonry industries. Since 1975, this event has featured both indoor and outdoor exhibits, with leading vendors bringing innovative technologies and first-rate instructional sessions to help you grow your business—whether you specialize in materials, masonry methods, or construction.
The NADA Convention & Expo 2013 — From Friday, Feb. 8 through Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, NADA 2013 will take up residence in the West Concourse of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. NADA (the National Automobile Dealers Association) started in 1917 with 30 auto dealers, and today represents nearly 16,000 new-car and new-truck dealerships with 32,500 domestic and international franchises. NADA is the premier automotive industry event every year and the planet’s single biggest event for franchised new-vehicle dealers. Whether you’re running a presentation on an LCD touchscreen monitor rental, or networking among the crowds of auto pros, the convention brings dealers, executives of major auto manufacturers, and hundreds of diverse exhibitors together to marvel at the latest and greatest vehicle services, equipment, and technologies.