Leading RISC OS lights star in show theatreBy Chris Williams. Published: 27th Apr 2003, 19:07:29 | Permalink | Printable
Four hours of presentations from hardware and OS developers plus special guest Domesday [Updated 00:54 28/4/2003]
Wakefield 2003 organisers, the WROCC, have this weekend announced details of the show theatre which this year features almost four hours of presentations from leading RISC OS hardware companies.
Show theatres are somewhat of a tradition at RISC OS shows, where a company or organisation spends about an hour demonstrating a new product or technology to an audience. This year, Microdigital, Castle and Simtec plus RISCOS Ltd. will be discussing and introducing issues ranging from designing desktop computers to the Iyonix to USB to what the next releases of RISC OS will feature.
We instantly recall the packed theatre at the Guildford show when Castle ran their XScale powered Iyonix computer, now Microdigital (who gave us a warm welcome in Scotland last year) get to take centre stage with their hour on designing for the RISC OS desktop.
Usually, I personally try to make at least one theatre session per show but this May's line up looks more like an insightful four hour conference on RISC OS in 2003. We're hoping it'll clear up a lot of questions from users and maybe we can get a few interesting quotes too. From 12 noon through to 4pm, the show floor is going to be pretty empty, perhaps.
"Yes, the show theatre is back on", show organiser Chris Hughes asserted to us via email. "...you may have heard rumours that we were cancelling the theatre. Well at the time that was partly true, but we have now organised a full theatre programme for your delight."
The WROCC will also be demonstrating a working Domesday System at the event, more details on the laser-disc-combo-BBC Master powered archive kit can be found here.
"The Domesday system was a then state of the art electronic 'Domesday book' but for the modern era", Chris pitched to us. "This will be a rare chance to see a working system in action, so don't miss it!"
Chris Hughes quickly got back to us with a couple of points that answer a some questions from the article comments. We're told exhibitors prefer a show in May to spread events out over the year plus the show is held a week earlier this year compared to 2002. Also, events like the Wakefield show have to be booked upto three years in advance with the WROCC's stand contractor which kind of restricts flexibility of show dates.
Details of the prize draws can be found here. Basically, when you get to the show, you need to fill in an entry form and post the form in a WROCC submission box.
Finally, Chris also makes another plea for people to donate items to the show charity stand as they haven't exactly been flooded with donated kit. Dig out that old A310 SCSI podule or whatever and send it their way.
Wakefield 2003 website
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