Exhibit at Wakefield to maybe win an OmegaBy Chris Williams. Published: 29th Mar 2003, 04:23:44 | Permalink | Printable
Microdigital donate another machine for prize draw, Castle need not apply [Updated 23:24 30/3/2003] WROCC puts fears to rest
Further to our previous story that one lucky punter will win an Omega at the Wakefield 2003 event, we've kind of learnt today that one "lucky" show exhibitor will also be able to win a Microdigital Omega on the day. We assume this is a bid by organisers WROCC to attract yet more exhibitors (and thus visitors) to the show in order to avoid making a loss on the show; this is on top of other cost cutting measures including not running a show theatre - or so we're informed by one exhibitor. WROCC committee member Chris Hughes spoke out on usenet a week ago pointing out that the show very nearly didn't happen. So, you better be grateful, mark our words.
The Omega prize for one (hopefully) chosen at random exhibitor has been donated by developers Microdigital and we find it very amusing that rival hardware company Castle Technology and RISC OS magazines are expressly excluded from the prize draw, which to us comes across as a rather bitter decision. Perhaps, whoever came up with that rule wants Castle to pay hard cash for an Omega and also doesn't like the idea of the dead tree based media getting their hands on the machine. There's got to be an innocent reason, clearly.
"I am glad to help in any way possible, as we simply cannot afford to lose our premier RISC OS exhibition", MicroDigital's Managing Director Dave Atkins is quoted as saying. Dave, in a press release? Whatever next? "It is up to everyone involved in the RISC OS market to stand up and be counted by exhibiting at the show".
Thankfully, drobe.co.uk is not a magazine so it's too bad we're not exhibiting. And speaking of magazines, we're told CD mag RiscWorld have snapped up Neil White aka funny man nex, after reading his humorous description on how he'll get to the Wakefield show.
Finally, WROCC publicity person and chairman Steve Potts has bizarrely told myriscos.co.uk (of all websites) that Microdigital are attending the show and that we ought to keep our eyes glued to the show website over the next few weeks. No, really. And what with Microdigital exhibiting now (after telling us they don't do shows), we wonder if they are eligible to win their own Omega.
See you there.
In order to firefight speculation and cynicism, WROCC show organiser Chris Hughes has kindly and swiftly dropped us an email correcting a few things. Read and learn.
- Contrary to our reporting, the show theatre is now back on after being cancelled in order to help save the show.
- The exhibitors draw was designed to get extra exhibitors to attend the show. It worked and saved the show.
- The Castle exclusion from the prize draw would also have included Riscstation if they had booked a stand - so it's not just against Castle.
- The magazines were excluded primarily to prevent wild stories of a possible bias by a magazine if they won one.
- Microdigital will have a fairly large stand at the show, read into this what you will. So uh, like an Omega launch then? Who knows.
Wakefield 2003 website
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