Trade shows and conferences are not just about business meetings and panels. Here are some social and networking opportunities that I have on my radar:
Monday 7:30 pm
Informal ISC West kick-off tweetup at the V Bar at the Venetian.
Tuesday 6 to 8 pm
Women’s Security Council kick off reception at the V Bar at the Venetian (this event probably excludes 80 percent of ISC West attendees, but oh well). RSVP at http://wscouncil.com/
Thursday 7:30 am to 8:30 am
Security 5K race – good for your body, good for your mind! I’m not a runner, but have aspirations to walk it (maybe). Register at http://www.security5k.com/
Thursday 4 to 7 pm
ONVIF interoperability demonstration and reception at the Venetian in Galileo Meeting Rooms 1002 & 1003. Probably who’s who of IP video will be there, so it’s a good networking opportunity. Free registration.
Thursday 9:30 pm
Tweetup with SSN and SDN at the Treasure Island Bar. This is getting late in the day and late in the week, but if you have the energy, should be a fun time.
Dining off the beaten path
If hotel dining and the whole casino scene do not appeal to you, here are a couple of places you might want to check out:
Indian: Origin India
4480 Paradise Road #1200 Las Vegas, NV Phone: 702.73.INDIA
I discovered this place while staying at the Hard Rock. The restaurant is tucked in a shopping center next to CVS pharmacy, but inside it is a whole different experience: nice dining room and an elegant wine bar; a pleasant respite from non-stop rock music of the hotel. The food is artfully presented, and tastes great.
Sushi: Osaka Japanese Bistro
4205 West Sahara Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89102 Phone: (702) 876-4988
Excellent place, and comes highly recommended from several physical security colleagues as well. I’ve only been to the Sahara location, so cannot vouch for the other one. If you want sushi in landlocked Nevada, this is the place to go.
For the “official” Firetide ISC West program, see my post: Attending ISC West? Here’s Where to Find Firetide Team at #ISCW11