I spoke at the 2016 G2E conference. The event was a very large conference (approximately 30,000 attendees) about all things related to the hotel industry. The 2016 event ran from September 27-29 and was at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas.
The G2E was originally a conference for the casino operations part of hotels and resorts, but over the years has expanded to cover everything related to hotels. I spoke as part of a panel on emerging and future trends in technology. The session was for a relatively small group of executives (a couple hundred) and wasn’t open to the general public. I described what deep neural networks are, and speculated on their use in a hotel environment.
At most technology conferences I speak at, the session talks are the primary focus of the event and the expo, where companies advertise their products and services, plays a relatively minor part.
But at the G2E conference, the reverse is true. The G2E Expo was huge and was the focus of the event. There were over 450 exhibitors, and some of the individual exhibits were really big – a couple of thousand square feet each. I walked through the Expo for hours and hours and didn’t come close to seeing everything.
All in all, the G2E was a very interesting event. The main benefit I got from attending and speaking was a renewed sense of energy that I can apply to my day-to-day work in software engineering.