If there is one thing Cisco has down it’s taking care of its customers and vendors at Networkers.
I’ve heard in the past that the Customer appreciation party was a little hard to swallow, and yeah this year, probably wasn’t much different for the same folks that bitched about that before.
But think about it. What are you going to do? What kind of party are you going to throw for 10,000 Nerds and net freaks?
Cisco did an outstanding job in my humble opinion.
First the setting was the Thomas & Mack Center at UNLV. They rented the entire stadium or a significant portion thereof.
The entire concourse was open (inside) and all concessions were open free of charge. Free beer, free pizza, and free burgers, free everything. All along the concourse were video games, all of them free. You name it, it was there.
Inside was a special edition of Battle Bots. What more do you need to get the nerds excited?
Outside, a mini amusement park, a few rides, and some rather interesting games. Tricycle races, and electric beer barrel races. There were dome dudes running sprits in Velcro boots. Now I don’t know about you but doing that at night in 100 degree heat after a beer or two just didn’t sound like a good idea.
Also part of the show was a really sweet stage setup for what looked like a band. But it turned out to be Rock-Star Karaoke. Now Karaoke isn’t my thing but some folks got an opportunity to try their talent or lack thereof with a real band, and a good one at that. Some folks definitely shouldn’t have tried.
Probably what was most impressive for the geeks in all of us was the Fatal1ty challenge. We originally looked at this on the access card and wondered what kind of game or challenge this was. Then we realized. It was the opportunity to challenge Fatal1ty, the professional gamer. Uh, no thanks, but it was fun to watch. Yes, all very impressive. Cisco knows how to party that’s for sure.
(Photos to be added later)