Like shipping containers in the night

Nick Miles, Senior Events Co-Ordinator at Innovation Point, on the logistics of managing an event like no other seen in Wales before 17/08/2017

It’s fair to say that a career in events isn’t a 9 to 5 chained to a desk kind of life.  In my 10 years in this crazy industry, I’ve worked on everything from the Winter Olympic Games to major conferences in Lisbon and Madrid for US ICT companies. But I’ve never had the challenge of installing 13 shipping containers on a street in a city centre location. Until now.

Digital is a two day festival for innovators and investors in the tech, ICT and associated industries.  We’ll have over 2,000 of the sharpest minds in cutting edge industries taking time out to come to Tramshed and Tramshed Tech in Cardiff this September (18th and 19th).  And we wanted to give them something that’ll make them smile, snap and share their experiences while having an awesome time at the event.

Which is where the shipping containers come in. The containers we are using are open sided, the rarest kind of container on the market. After extensive research we found a company who can ship them in to Wales and deliver to the venue on flatbed trucks with cranes attached.

If we were doing this in New York the grid system would make things a lot easier. But we’re not. We’re doing it in Cardiff. And our road has a bend.  Huge high fives to all at Cardiff Council who have shared our vision, closing the roads for the installation.

If you thought measuring the space in your spare room for that Ikea Billy bookcase was hard work, try measuring a road for shipping containers.  We’ve been up and down Pendyris Street more than once, treble-checking the calculations are correct. We’re even building our own floor to put the containers on.

Each container will house three exhibitors, and for our money, we think it’s the first time an exhibition like this has been held in Wales.  Event Management 101 teaches you to plan for every eventuality and, with Digital being held in sunny Cardiff, we’re using stretchy marquee tarpaulin to cover the containers.  So if it does rain (it won’t) our lovely exhibitors & delegates won’t get wet!

After all this effort we’re making, the least you can do is register to come along. And it’s still free http://digital-festival.co.uk/

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18 - 19 Sept 2017
Tramshed Tech, Cardiff
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