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All third parties welcome at roadshow says ROL

By Chris Williams. Published: 19th Nov 2005, 19:00:39 | Permalink | Printable

Good time to bury the hatchet we think [Updated]

ROL motifRISCOS Ltd. have stressed that all parties are welcome to exhibit at next month's ambitious RISC OS roadshow provided they contact ROL. A spokesperson for the company said, "The aim was absolutely to use this as an opportunity to bring the RISC OS community together again", adding that third parties who aren't listed as exhibitors have simply not expressed an interest yet. ROL were responding to speculation that particular companies, including Castle, have been banned from the Christmas line up of events.

Charging 30 quid per table and offering free admission for punters rules out having a substantial advertising budget, according to RISCOS Ltd. However the developers of RISC OS 4 argued the low booking fee should make exhibiting affordable to everyone from small developers to larger companies.

The roadshow is expected to take place between December 15th and 17th across the UK. The list of exhibitors attending is yet to be confirmed.

Update at 19:42 22/11/2005
Castle have told us that they are planning to attend the roadshow.


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A welcome decission by ROL on this, which IMHO third parties *should* take them up on.

 is a RISC OS UserAMS on 20/11/05 1:26PM
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I don't rethat being a 'decision'; I think you'll find it's just re-emphasising an announcement due to spin by certain third parties...

 is a RISC OS Usermd0u80c9 on 20/11/05 7:15PM
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md0u80c9: A number of people had concerns about the nature of the event involving "pre-selected" companies. It's not spin to express concern about this.

Whichever way you choose to sp, er, look at it, it's a good thing that RISCOS Ltd has now made this clear. Let's hope that Castle (and others) now act on it, and indeed are encouraged to do so.


 is a RISC OS Userdgs on 20/11/05 8:00PM
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In reply to dgs:

I'm a bit confused as to how you encourage companies to exhibit. It's a roadshow, it's 30 a table. Pay the money, have a table and you can be a part of it. ROL have organised this in order to allow those who would normally attend the ARM Club Midlands show to have a RISC OS event. I'm sure we all agree that it's a great shame that the traditional Midlands venue, the National Motorcycle Museum, isn't cost effective any more. As for exhibitors to the roadshow, as far as I am concerned the more the better.

Still, since you seem to feel that encouragement is needed, I would certainly encourage the Association of Acorn User Groups (AAUG) to attend and I look forward to seeing the associations presence.

 is a RISC OS UserVirtualAcorn on 21/11/05 12:42AM
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The way to encourage attendence might be to have some announcements from participents (what did you have planned for December Show which can now be an exclusive, what can you show us if we turn up (even if not complete), what special offers are you running?

I don't want to read endless recriminations/what ifs - I want some good reasons to make a 3 hour drive on a saturday!!


 is a RISC OS Usermarkee174 on 21/11/05 8:20AM
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The ARM Club has asked for a table at the Birmingham event, so hopefully we will see a few of the people that would have come to the Midlands show, if we were able to hold it this year.

 is a RISC OS Userdruck on 21/11/05 9:13AM
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VirtualAcorn: "I'm a bit confused as to how you encourage companies to exhibit"

For most RISC OS shows, this has been done by contacting relevant companies about the event directly. This helps to keep the event at the forefront of potential exhibitors' minds, and also encourages them to make a firm decision sooner rather than later. In some cases companies have needed to be contacted quite a few times before confirming they'll turn up. In a perfect world this wouldn't be necessary, but RISC OS companies do have plenty of competing priorities.

Obviously this process takes a fair bit of time and a little money, but it should be worth it. In this instance a quick phone call may even provide an opportunity for a meeting of the minds with certain exhibitors who don't hear from RISCOS Ltd very often :-)

There are already exhibitors and indeed user groups putting effort into making sure potential visitors are aware of these events, so it really is worth making the extra effort with exhibitors.

"I would certainly encourage the Association of Acorn User Groups (AAUG) to attend)"

Thank you for the encouragement. The AAUG is in a different position from most potential exhibitors, in that it doesn't exist to sell things and thus is never in a position to make a profit from these events, or even to cover the costs involved. So the AAUG only attends a proportion of shows. If it's practical to be there then I will be. In any case there will be people from various user groups on various companies' stands, in addition to The ARM Club of course.


 is a RISC OS Userdgs on 21/11/05 9:58AM
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dgs: "For most RISC OS shows, this has been done by contacting relevant companies about the event directly."

Probably from their list of last year's exhibitors - which obviously doesn't exist in this case. Everyone else seems to have responded to ROL's general invite - including RONWUG. which has found a sponsor and may be sharing a table with another local group if there is a stand still left at Stockport. If you cannot afford the train fare I'm sure RONWUG would be happy to include AAUG lterature on that stand.

 is a RISC OS Userjc on 21/11/05 4:13PM
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jc: "list of last year's exhibitors - which obviously doesn't exist in this case"

I don't think it would take too much work to get around that problem.

Anyway, the suggestion is there. Maybe it's useful for the future if its time has passed as far as these events are concerned.


 is a RISC OS Userdgs on 21/11/05 4:22PM
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As far as I am aware the events are pretty much booked solid now. Certainly I booked for Birmingham and Manchester a few days ago and had to be squeezed in. The roadshow is really starting to feel like it's going to be a big hit :-)

 is a RISC OS UserVirtualAcorn on 23/11/05 1:46PM
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do you have to book to go to the events, or can you just turn up?

 is a RISC OS UserLexCarter on 23/11/05 2:50PM
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In reply to LexCarter:

As an exhibitor you need to book a table, as a visitor you just turn up.

 is a RISC OS UserVirtualAcorn on 23/11/05 2:54PM
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Visitors please remember to take plenty of cash and buy, buy, buy :-).

Regards Ron (Red ringing the 15th.)

 is a RISC OS Userron. on 23/11/05 6:16PM
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In reply to ron. I don't have plenty of cash available, but I certainly intend to purchase some extra software for my A9.

 is a RISC OS Usersa110 on 23/11/05 9:46PM
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