Estimates, Warp Expo West Mobbed !!!
In Affiliation with CNET
Contact: Rollin White (Rollin@scoug.com)
Monday, September 20, 1999
Warp Expo West, the international "Warpfest
Excitement" in sunny California, held court to throngs of
happy OS/2 revelers on Saturday as it filled lecture halls,
exhibit areas and hallways with an enthusiasm unseen in
recent memory. The four lecture halls were often at
capacity, the exhibitor area often mobbed.
"We had 20% more guests than anticipated," said Rollin
White, Chairman of Warp Expo West. "We obviously
underestimated the industry's interest in OS/2 and the
number of people who would travel long distances to attend a
major OS/2 function."
International guests mingled with local attendees as
lecture after lecture poured forth from the auditoriums and
The roundtable with Peter Coffee of PC Week, Esther
Schindler of Sm@rt Reseller and Alan Zeichick of Camden
Associates had people talking for the rest of the day,
discussing the panelist's comments and sharing their own
Jerry Rash began the first of his four OS/2 multimedia
lecture periods faced with an overflow crowd. Extra chairs
were brought in and the audience spilled out through the
doors and into the hallway, listening to his every word and
vying for an occasional glimpse of the screen.
When asked during a morning pause how the show was doing
for bringing in new business, Jim Williams of IBM replied
"We've already made several good contacts. Warp Expo West
is about the best show we've been to."
And so it went. Guests poured in from all over the U.S.
and from overseas as well, taking in this massive gathering
of OS/2 technology, products and information.
Lecturers held impromptu discussions in the hallways. The
Warped Jeopardy! game show presentation from Sundial Systems
was a combined multimedia extravaganza and stage show
delight. Live video feeds were sent around the world over
Internet connections. Webfoot, The Duck made an appearance.
Special exhibits lined the walls. Vendor100 was
spectacular to watch as WiseManager from Serenity Systems
instantly brought up icon after icon of Vendor100 software
on every machine during the network bootup. Commercial-
grade overhead projectors threw large images onto the
auditorium screens. The OS/2 space game Stellar Frontier
ran on a bank of machines.
"We've accomplished what we set out to do," continued
Rollin White, "and we've again brought OS/2 knowledge and
products to the community, to both current users and new
users, so that OS/2 will continue to be recognized for what
it is - the best desktop operating system in the world
Warp Expo West was held last Saturday, September 18, in
sunny Southern California. All the info is still at
Admission was free.
Rollin White, Chairman (he made it happen)
Steve Schiffman, Facilities and Networks (he got the
building, he got us connected)
Carla Hanzlik, Web Mistress (she put us on the web)
Warp Expo West is free, free, free. All the inf is at
Sponsored by The Southern California OS/2 User Group.
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