MEA’s KnowledgeFest Sets Sights on Indy, After Drawing 1,500 to Long Beach
The Mobile Electronics Association (MEA) says that the late-February-held KnowledgeFest, in its second year at California's Long Beach Convention Center, drew more than 1,500 attendees, including more than 900 retailer and 100 distributor attendees, with 53 exhibitors in 70,000 square feet of exhibit space. Thirty hours of educational workshops and 68 hours of manufacturer trainings were highlighted.
Chris Cook, MEA president, noted that attendance was on par with the August 2018 KnowledgeFest Dallas, the organization’s flagship event. “This year’s increase in the number of exhibitors maxed-out the Long Beach show floor in its present configuration. We have room to expand for next year, and we’re planning some interesting new things to take advantage of that space.”
From March 15 to 17, KnowledgeFest moves to Indianapolis with a full slate of educational and training programs and a trade show floor. Said Cook: “Attendee pre-registration is up more than 30 percent this year. Indy covers the market east of the Mississippi: the East Coast and Near East—cities, such as Pittsburgh and Cleveland. It’s dealers from these markets who don’t show up for CES. There are manufacturers who recognize the value. After several expansions, our 2019 show floor is sold out.”