So many of us have that professional event we want to attend. For you automation industry professionals, we hope Automation Fair® is at the top of your list.
But with travel budgets to consider, and of course your valuable time, you might need to pitch your boss on why you should go.
No worries, we're here to help you make the case with five reasons why your boss should let you go to Automation Fair, which, by the way, is November 9-10 in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Automation Fair is not some big party – although we do get so have some fun, like watching our friends from FIRST show off their STEM skills.
Still, our event is a serious professional development opportunity, with more than 110 industry forums, hands-on labs and technical sessions. You could easily spend the entire two days hearing your peers present industry best practices and taking copious notes in expert-guided classes. When you get back to the plant or office, you'll have months' worth of lunch-and-learns to train up your team.
You can also earn Professional Development Hours (PDHs) and a Certificate of Completion for yourself. After Automation Fair, you can apply what you've learned to help your company achieve faster time-to-market, lower your total cost of ownership and improve your enterprise risk management. You know, all those good things that lead to raises and promotions.
It's not just Rockwell Automation. Automation Fair is many things Rockwell Automation, but more than 100 of our system integrator, OEM, complementary product and strategic alliance partners are attending and exhibiting.
They are staffing booths with their latest products and presenting projects that brought quantifiable results for their customers. You can learn what they do, how they do it, and see how it all connects with the latest control, power and information technologies in the industrial space.
The networking is epic. Last year more than 15,000 people attended Automation Fair in Chicago, and countless informal conversations took place between professionals just like you. Yes, you'll learn a lot in tech sessions and labs, but the connections you can make with industry peers are equally valuable.
You can walk away from Automation Fair with your LinkedIn profile exploding with new connections. And you never know who you might end up sitting next to at lunch, it could be a system integrator ideal for your next project or a member of the press curious to know more about your business.
Speaking of lunch … did you know lunch is free? Overall, Automation Fair is a pretty cheap trip. Hotels near the convention center are quite reasonable, and Atlanta is a hub for a major carrier, so it's likely you can score an affordable direct flight. Yikes, that reminds me, I need to book my flight... Unlike some events that drag on for a week, Automation Fair is a lean, tight two days. You can tell your boss you'll be back in the office or plant by the end of the week.
Getting away from work can be tough, and even when you're traveling, it often follows. That's not a problem with Automation Fair.
The programming is broad and flexible enough that if you need to take an hour two for business, you can configure your schedule to make it work. Plan your days before pitching your boss so they know you're going to make good use of your time.
Run through our Automation Fair web page and check out the resources to help you get to the premier technology exhibit and educational event for industrial automation.