Touting my way through Interop Las Vegas

Putting 15-second video app to the test this week

I’ve been threatening for years to do more with video while at trade shows, but have generally defaulted to our video expert Keith Shaw.  But now empowered with an iPhone 5 (good riddance BlackBerry Bold), I’m boldly barreling ahead, using the Tout app for piecing together 15-second or less video vignettes of my trip to Interop Las Vegas (we did something similar at CES, though I wasn't part of that).

I've run into some early obstacles (created multiple accounts and turns out it's difficult if not impossible to tie more than 1 account to the same Twitter account, which was going to be my preferred way of sending my Tout videos out into the world...since next to no one is following my official Tout account). Kept getting authorization errors when trying to Tweet out touts via my phone (had better luck on my MacBook Pro).

Here are the results, which I'll add to as I go along (update: blending in touts from colleagues Shaw and Brandon Butler as well):

Lots of free candy at the @airwatch booth if you are hungry at…

— Keith Shaw (@shawkeith) May 8, 2013

They shrunk the server! Big wall of the Xi3 microSERVER, on display at…

— Keith Shaw (@shawkeith) May 8, 2013

At the @nec booth at #interop, they can take your picture and tell u what celebrity u look like.…

— Keith Shaw (@shawkeith) May 8, 2013

Venturing onto the Interop trade show floor. Red media ribbon on my badge is red meat for exhibitors.

Cleveland Cavs star Kyrie Irving takes on Cisco exec Rob Soderbery in a game of horse (final: Irving 8, Soderbery zilch) during he opening Interop in which Cisco promoted its vision for software-defined networking as well as the Internet of Things. The Internet of Things is where Irving came in, as Cisco envisions a much more connected pro sports world, where sensors in everything from basketball shoes to basketballs help teams better measure player and team performance and improve the fan experience.

The animated Logan Airport cutout that greets passengers departing on flights. Yes, I don’t get out much.

Nice display of professional Boston sports teams’ many championship banners (I know, need to work on lighting).

First celebrity sighting of the trip: Ex U.S. Senator Scott Brown and wife Gail Huff, a former local TV news reporter.

Very long line greeted myself and colleagues at our Las Vegas hotel. Looked more like a line for an amusement park ride. Pins/buttons being doled out at the Interop Press Room

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