When we do our post channel-event surveys, networking almost always comes back as the No. 1 reason you attend. No surprise, right? After all, you’re combining a good time with discussions that could lead to new business opportunities.
Another reason you like to attend? Free STUFF. That’s right, suppliers in the Channel Partners Evolution expo hall once again will be giving away cutting-edge technology and other useful products such as coolers for your next family getaway or business function.
No doubt we’ll see you at one of those prime-time parties or walking home with some cool prize, but first, you need to know where to find it all! That’s where we come in.
What follows in the gallery below is just a sampling of the swag you can take home and the great evening networking opportunities (check eligibility requirements) you can take part in.
Disclaimer: Product images might not match actual giveaway.
The cat's out of the bag on master agent Telarus' (booth 511 and a signature sponsor) "top secret" party, dubbed such due to its location — Washington D.C.'s International Spy Museum! The facility just opened in May.
You will need to register in advance. The shindig starts at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11, wrapping at 9:30.
You can look cool and get some premium audio with a pair of Bose Wearables audio sunglasses from BCM One (a premier sponsor), the managed IT services provider.
Stop by the BCM One Technology Lounge (room 154B) and drop off your business card. If you stick around for a five-minute SIP trunking demo, you can enter twice! The winner's card will be drawn at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11. They'll call you or email you, and you must pick up the glasses on Wednesday before 6 p.m.
AppSmart (formerly WTG)
Master agent WTG, which just this week relaunched under the AppSmart (booth 617 and a premier sponsor) brand following its acquisition by AppDirect last year, is hosting a party in the mezzanine foyer of the Marriott Marquis, the host hotel. There will be entertainment, food and cocktails. It's on the docket for 9 p.m.-midnight on Tuesday, Sept. 10. Dubbed "Get Smart with AppSmart," the bash is open to AppSmart agents, guests and sponsoring providers. Stop by the AppSmart booth for an official invite and to get acquainted with the team.
What's more, AppSmart is hosting a phone recharging zone at booth 717 and is offiering massages by Smoothe.
AppSmart also is giving away a trip for two to its holiday event in Palm Springs (pictured above). It includes round-trip airfare, a two-night stay plus golf. Just stop by booth 617 and drop off a business card The winner will be notified via email.
Want more? The company will raffle off a VZPass at its booth as well.
Here's another reason it's "cool" to be at Channel Partners Evolution. It's a Yeti cooler courtesy Vade Secure (booth 737), the predictive email defense provider. Drop by the company's booth and sign up for a chance to win.
And don't worry; you don't have to cram it into your suitcase for the flight home. They'll ship it to you.
Dell Expert Network
Dell Expert Network (booth 623 and a premier sponsor) is giving away a laptop — no specific information just yet on the model. The tech giant wants partners to come by its booth for a conversation and to sign up for the giveaway.
Dell Expert Network is Dell's new support program for MSPs.
Master agent Avant is on the cutting edge of gaming and having a good time with its new putterball tournament — a miniature golf-beer pong hybrid. And yes, there will be a full-blown party there too.
It's being held at Penn Social. Doors open at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11, with putterball starting at 10. The party ends at 1 a.m.
Netsapiens (booth 416), the unified communications and BSS/OSS provider, wants four lucky winners to take home the Plantronics Voyager 6200 UC business-ready Bluetooth neckband headset with earbuds.
There will be two winners chosen each day, announced toward the end of expo hall hours. Just stop by the Netsapiens booth and drop a business card in the bowl for a chance to win. They'll give you a call if you're going home with a pair.
You can have some fun weekends with the Parrot drone that Ensilo (booth 318), the endpoint protection provider, is giving away.
Just drop your business card into the fishbowl at the company's booth. They'll draw a winner at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12, and shoot the winner an email.
Sontiq (booth 909), which brought together the EZShield and IdentityForce brands under one umbrella this summer, is giving away five sets of Sontiq wireless earbuds. Just get your conference badge scanned at the company's booth.
Just do it before 4 p.m. on Wednesday; that's when they'll pick the winners, who should stop by the booth on Thursday before the end of the show to claim their prize.
While neither a prize nor a party, this is worth a mention just because it's fun.
GPS Insight (booth 731), the fleet management provider, is hosting magician and comedian Erick Olson at its booth during expo hall hours on Tuesday and Wednesday. Olson is ID'd as a "cross between Jay Leno and David Copperfield with amazing magic, comedy, visual gags and quick one-liners.
Stop by with one of your business rivals and see if he can make them disappear!
Business Transformation Station
Participating vendors – Inteserra, IPpay, Sandy Beaches Software and Vendasta – in the Business Transformation Station (BTS) in the expo hall (booth 301) are giving away a $500 Visa gift card.
Just stop by the BTS and grab an entry form. Then visit each of the four booths and receive the secret word to solve the puzzle. A winner will be selected from correctly completed puzzles.
The winner will be selected on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 11 a.m. If not present, they'll be contacted via the info they provide on the completed puzzle.
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